Hi! So, you’re interested in spending a couple of days or #24h in #Madrid? You came to the right post! ☺️ 🙂 Back in August, L and I went to Madrid from Porto before flying back to France. This was supposed to be a long-ish weekend, however our flight got cancelled and we had to improvise! Now, if you’ve read my Barcelona post, you’d know Spain did not treat us right. Our start to this Madrid trip was also not going as planned. Anyway, we fixed things and just hopped on a night bus to Madrid, meaning we’d lost an entire day there and would only be staying for a little over 24h.
24h to visit a city, especially a capital is a little tight. I think we did and visited the best places and I don’t have the feeling that we should’ve gone somewhere else or that we missed something important, however, I’m sure we did. I’m sure we should go back and enjoy the city more. I’m sure we will one day 🙂 So, first things first, we stayed at the Hilton, right next to the airport. We chose this hotel because our flight the next day would be early morning and we had a shuttle from the hotel to the airport. We also chose the Hilton because L had bought us tickets to go watch Atlético de Madrid play. ⚽⚽⚽ It was absolutely incredible, by the way! So, our 24h went like this:
6:30 am – got the airport (by bus) and decided to have breakfast there before calling the shuttle from the Hilton to pick us up.
9:00 am – got to the Hilton, did the check-in and waited for the next shuttle going to the city centre
10:00 am – Parque de El Retiro – we walked around the park. It was a beautiful sunny morning and even though we were exhausted from the night bus, we got to enjoy the park and its quietness in the morning.
11:00 am – Walked from Retiro to Gran Via, enjoying once again the sunny morning and getting to see the city on foot.
Once at Gran Via, we definitely went to #Primark! Because I was told we NEEDED to go! I was not disappointed. It was really big and beautiful inside. I felt like I was in a museum and not a shop. The #HarryPotter collection was amazing too!
12:00 pm – Lunch time! We didn’t really know where to go, so I decided we should definitely go to 100 Montaditos, because that’s where you go when you’re in Spain! We had great food and a good pint of beer!
1 pm – We went souvenirs shopping and we walked around for a while, stopped by Puerta del Sol on our way to Plaza Mayor and even peaked in at Mercado de San Miguel (Boqueria in Barcelona is way cooler!). By this time we were getting a little tired and it was hot so we were already dreaming of going back to the hotel and take a nap before the football match that evening. Remember we took a night bus to Madrid and even though, we had slept a few hours, it isn’t the nicest sleep you can get, so we were tired. Everything was really worth it, though. Plaza Mayor just like any other in Spain was beautiful and a must, especially if it’s your first time around in Spain.
We then checked out the Palace (I mean, why wouldn’t we?) and caught the metro at Opera.
Later, at the hotel, I took a bath while L went to the pool and we just relaxed for a couple of hours until we had to leave for the stadium. We went to Wanda Metropolitano, the newest stadium in Madrid and the match we watched was Atlético de Madrid against Rayo. It was my first time watching a match in a stadium and it was an amazing experience. Except for the first hour or so when I had a full-on panic attack because there was no one inside and it’s really impressive to see all the seats beneath you. I’m really afraid of heights, so it wasn’t a great feeling! When people started seating and the stadium was full, everything was ok! 👍🏻👍🏻