We have friends who live in Singapore, which of course means we don’t see them that often. So when they suggested a weekend trip to Madrid during their three-week trip back to the UK we jumped at the chance! Here is the lowdown on our two nights break in Spain’s central capital.
Booking easyJet flights far in advance means we got our tickets for a steal, especially considering it was Pride on the same weekend. We took a Saturday morning flight out of Gatwick, returning on the Monday evening. The outbound leg was fine, you get what you pay for with this airline as you’ll know, but unfortunately we were delayed on the return leg.
As we were a pair of couples we decided that hiring an Air BnB would be our best option as it’s more cost effective, and sociable, than booking two hotel rooms. The apartment was close to the Centro area and was perfect for us with two bedrooms, a large kitchen/living area and an ample shower room. It was also decorated to a high standard with a secure entrance, and the host came to meet us on arrival and not only told us about the apartment but also advised on the local amenities such as the closest supermarket and pharmacy.
On the Saturday afternoon we arrived in time to have a freshen up then head into town for a wander and a jug or two of sangria in the Plaza Mayor (main square) before settling down for some tasty tapas.
Sunday was for exploring, so we got up and out for brunch at Federal to stock up on energy for mooching around in the blazing heat and marvellous sunshine. We walked to El Retiro Park to hire rowing boats, and tick off my number one Madrid activity off the list!
I might have neglected to mention that the main reason we picked Madrid was because one of our friends is a die hard Bon Jovi fan and so this played a lot into the decision to go to Madrid on the specific weekend we did, as they were playing at Wanda Metropolitano on the Sunday night!
Monday called for brunch, again at Federal as it was so delicious! Before we headed to the airport we popped by the Mercado De San Miguel for a mooch around the delicious food stalls full of fruit, seafood, meat and wine.
Our trip to Madrid flew by, and as I believe there is much more to see, I’ll just have to go back won’t I!