Manon lives together with her boyfriend in the beautiful Zeeland. When she’s not at work, she loves to make rondtrips & tries to visit a big city in Europe every month, to find the hippest hotspots and activities, such as sup- and kite boarding. Besides that, interior is a great passion of Manon and she loves to inspire you with a different interior collages every month.
We’ve already been to Marrakech and that’s why we went on a citytrip to Madrid. Madrid lies about in the middle and we haven’t been there before, so why not?! After some research we chose to stay in the district Chueca. We booked a studio in the middle of this district through AirBnB.
I was told Madrid is a great city, so we had high expectations. We left from Amsterdam on a Friday morning and after a two hour flight you’re in Madrid! It was 25 degrees Celsius, so no complaining. After we dropped off our stuff at our studio (which was fine again, how I love AirBnb!) we visited La Puerta Del Sol. This is the busiest place of the city where a lot of street artists come together. Enough to see!
Palacio Real and rooftopbar Circulo Bellas Artes
After this we took a de-tour to Palacio Real which was very impressive. Clearly there’s enough to see in Madrid, culture-wise you won’t be bored. For the shopaholic there’s enough to find as well. At night we had a cocktail on the rooftopbar of Circulo Bellas Artes. Must-see! There’s a beautiful view over the city and there’s a very relaxed atmosphere.
Lolina and Plaza Juan Pujol
The next day we started with breakfast at Lolina, a vintage café where you can enjoy the vintage furniture, fun to be able to choose pie with a cocktail (for later ;-)) When you walk on you enter a nice square (Plaza Juan Pujol) where there are enough spots to have a nice breakfast as well. It’s nice to walk into this area; you’ll find all kinds of small boutiques and vintage shops. We ran into a Domino contest, read: a lot of old men wearing hats, focused on their bricks and drinking red wine, so much fun!
Harina and Parque Del Buen Retiro
A must-visit for lunch is Harina, which has several locations in Madrid. We went to the one on the Plaza de la Independencia. There’s a nice view and it’s close to the park (Parque Del Buen Retiro) where you can recover from your lunch on one of the benches and at the same time enjoy the street artists. We were here on a Saturday, so a lot of locals were enjoying their day off with a picnic in the park. In the park is the Palacio de Cristel; visit it if you’re there! On our way back we walked by Station Atocha, where there’s a courtyard garden, but also an impressive monument of the attacks in 2004.
Coffee or ice cream at Mistura
On our last night we had delicious tapas (you can have those anywhere) and walked through the streets of Chueca. After a coffee at Mistura, here you can have delicious icecream too. We ended the day at cocktailbar Areia (must-visit! So cool!).
Madrid, we had fun! Enjoying yourself on a terrace with some tapas, relaxing in the park, visiting the most beautiful buildings in other words: a perfect mix for a great citytrip!