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My Madrid Bucket List

madrid bucket list

You guys, I’m going on holiday TWO WEEKS TODAY.

In all the chaos of getting back to work after honeymoon and readjusting to life post-wedding, I kinda forgot that I had another holiday just around the corner, and it’s crept up on me in the best possible way.

What makes this impending holiday even more exciting is that it’s actually a bit of a 2 for the price of 1 affair. We’ll be flying to Toulouse first, where we’ll spend 5 days exploring the city, relaxing at an amazing chateau with our pals and celebrating our best friend’s wedding (woop!). Then Sam and I will be flying off to Madrid for a little 2 night city break before heading home.

Madrid is a city I’ve wanted to visit for ages. It sounds like it has everything I look for in a brilliant city break – amazing food, free flowing sangria, great weather and a buzzy atmosphere. Oh, and a sizeable Zara, obvs.

So to further my excitement about heading to this beautiful place, I thought I’d share my Madrid bucket list with you all…

madrid bucket listVisit Palacio de Cristal

When we first booked our trip to Madrid I started doing a little bit of Instagram research, and one place that came up time and time again was the beautiful Palacio de Cristal. It’s a gorgeous glass palace located in Buen Retiro Park and apparently it was modelled on London’s Crystal Palace. There’s a little lake in front and you can hire boats, so I’m definitely up for a dreamy afternoon of rowing in front of such a pretty sight. Instagram picture to follow, obviously.

Rooftop sunbathing

It’s been ages since Sam and I went on a sunbathing holiday, and whilst we will still be doing lots of city sightseeing, the current weather situation in the UK has got me craving a bit of a vitamin D. We’ve booked to stay at the Hotel Emperador which has a rooftop terrace and pool with amazing views over the city, and I’m really looking forward to spending a few hours there with a book and glass of sangria in hand.

Eat our way around Mercado de San Miguel

You probably all know by now that one of my favourite things to do on a city break is find a food hall, and I’ve got a feeling that Mercado de San Miguel might be the best one we’ve been too yet! It looks like it’s absolutely teeming with amazing food stalls and I’m excited to spend an evening eating our way around it!

People watch in a plaza

Another city break fave is people watching, and it seems like Madrid has plenty of beautiful plazas that will be perfect for this. There’s nothing better than sitting back with a cold beer in hand and soaking in the atmosphere – even better if there’s some yummy nibbles thrown in too! It looks like Plaza Mayor will be the best spot for this, but let me know if you can recommend anywhere else…

Visit the Prado National Museum

Dubbed as one of the world’s premier art galleries, Museo del Prado feels like an attraction not to miss while we’re in Madrid. There are over 7000 paintings in the collection so we’ll probably need a couple of hours to work our way around – I’m thinking it might be a good place to escape the midday heat and get a culture fix at the same time!

Watch the sunset

Madrid is known to many as the golden city and is famous for it’s beautiful sunsets that cast a warm glow over the place. I’m a sucker for a decent sunset, so I’m determined to find a great rooftop bar where we can watch the sky put on a show while enjoying a delicious cocktail or a cold glass of cava. It looks like we’ll be spoilt for choice, so let me know if you have a favourite.

Enjoy ALL the tapas

Last but by no means least – no trip to Spain would be complete without enjoying ALL the yummy tapas! I’m excited to eat like the locals do and enjoy a feast of delicious meat, cheese and bread. Madrid is also famous for it’s churros, so it would be rude to not try a couple of those too!

So that’s what my Madrid bucket list is looking like so far. Do you have any other tips or must sees for the city?

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  • I hope you have an amazing time! People watching in the plaza and tapas sounds perfect to me. I’ve never been to Madrid so I’ve no idea what it’s like but I bet it will be fab. Looking forward to seeing what you pick up in Zara! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

    • Thanks Jenny – hopefully I won’t spent TOO much money…. haha x

  • Ellie

    Sounds amazing! If you do the Prado, sometimes tourists can go for free so do a bit of research of what time this applies. From memory its about 2 hours before it closes, but don’t take my word for it!

    Hope you have a fab time! Madrid is a brilliant city! xxx

  • What a fantastic holiday! Mercado San Miguel is one of my favourite places in the city – great for food, drinks and people watching! If you’re looking for an amazing meal, check out La Musa in the Latina neighbourhood; I still dream about their food! Have a great time, and enjoy the sunshine x

    Kate |

    • Amazing, we’ll definitely check that out! Thanks Kate 🙂 X

  • Ooh yes Retiro Park was our favourite! We hired a boat and it was lovely. Also definitely go to Chocolateria San Gines for the best hot chocolate and churros I have ever had!!

    • Oooooooh, we’ll defintiely be checking that out! Thanks Polly x

  • Madrid is such a wonderful city, I used to go quite often when I was younger and I loved it! Have a great time! 🙂 x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • rooftop. pool. and. terrace.

    omfg ^ get me on holiday RIGHT NOW. this sounds like the freakin’ DREAM. i loved madrid when i last visited, it’s so lovely and hot – you’ll thank the lord for that pool!

    and yes – the zara is SO worth it. i did so much shopping when i was there i have no idea how i fit it all back in my suitcase!

    katie xx

    • Uh oh, my bank balance is not going to be happy is it? x

  • ..yasss watching the sunset in madrid (and taking pics for instagram of course!)
    Aleeha xXx

  • It looks great! X

  • This looks like a great list – for a great, sunset, the Temple of Debod area is amazing. It’s just a short walk from the centre, and you have a gorgeous view over the city which is beautiful at dusk!