Long trips are the best, but we all know that with the life pacing faster than yourself, it`s not always possible to allow yourself a pleasure of a few week (or few) long holiday. I solve this by taking shorter trips every once in a while and at the same time planning a bigger trip in the future. Living in Malta allows me just to do that. Being well connected to mainland Europe I can allow myself to get anywhere in just around 3-4 hours and see the most beautiful places!
It’s the end of February now and I have to say that I’ve spent the bigger part of these two months of the year travelling, taking short trips here and there and I love it. My last one was a 3 day weekend getaway to Madrid, the capital of Spain. To me Madrid is vibrant, eclectic and most of all, a fun city and even though Madrid is a metropolitan, the pace of life felt so relaxed!
So, without further ado, this is a 3 day plan for Madrid. From me to you. Enjoy!
Day one. Start your day early by visiting Palacio royal and the nearby standing Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena. Enjoy a walk around the gardens of the palace and the lavish jewel box the palace is!
After the Palacio, stroll down the street towards Chocolateria San Gines for a late Spanish breakfast with churros and some hot chocolate. Not a bad breakfast, huh?…
After you treat yourself, take some time to discover the surrounding streets full of various shops and boutiques and find your way to Plaza Mayor, one of the main squares in the city. The grandiose square is surrounded by residential buildings and is really impressive in size. Also, it is said that you should try a calamari sandwich somewhere around there (seems to be typical for this part of Madrid) but honestly, after the Spanish breakfast you might feel too full! I suggest heading towards Puerta del Sol- the kilometre zero of the radial network of Spanish roads. Find a place to grab some food around to have a hearty lunch or go shopping! Madrid is excellent when it comes to shopping so head towards El Corte Ingles and around the surrounding streets to buy something nice for yourself. And believe me, you won’t notice how time flies while going around the hundreds of shops..
A long day on your feet requires also a fun and relaxing evening. Spanish love to socialize and go out, and they go out to have a drink or tapas, or both. Choose one of the best districts for pubs, restaurants and nightlife – Malasana, La Latina or Lavapies.
Day 2. Start yourself with a look around Plaza de Espana and the tall Edificio Espana.
Take a walk down all the way on one of the main streets in Madrid, Calle Gran Via, and head towards Museo del Prado or choose to visit Centro de Arte Reina Sofia- we visited both and both a worth spending your time and admire some of the masterpieces. However, don’t forget to check if there are any exhibitions in Madrid- during my stay, I also saw Escher’s exhibition – it awed me and outshine both Prado and Reina Sofia.
Depending on the weather, in the later afternoon take a walk in Parque del Buen Retiro and just enjoy your time. From park Retiro you can come back towards Gran Via and then walk down to see the most famous theatre in Madrid-Teatro Real.
For the evening, choose one of the lovely neighbourhoods or stay around Calle Gran Via-there are plenty of places for great food all around Madrid.
Day 3. If you are as lucky as me and you are in Madrid on Sunday, in the morning head to El Rasto flea market to browse through various artifacts, cheap clothes, souvenirs and all kinds of fun and strange things! Not too far from El Rasto there is Mercado San Fernando, go there to grab some really great food and chat with locals! Hang out around, enjoy a drink and some tapas!
In the afternoon, visit Templo de Debod and Parque de la Montana, the Egyptian temple in downtown Madrid. Spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying your time in Madrid, souvenir shopping and enjoy the last hours in a wonderful city!
Madrid is big and I felt like one more day in the city would have been perfect in order to enjoy it to the fullest. In fact, I felt as if I didn’t manage to get to know the city as much as I wanted, so I’ll definitely come back for more!
By the way, some places to eat, drink and enjoy: