The last stop on our trip was Madrid. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to visit and although we were only there for two nights, I’m so glad we were able to make it happen.
It was a quick trip but we fit a lot in! Check out my favorite highlights below:
Royal Palace: talk about decor goals. The palace was SO beautiful and the attention to detail in this place…wow. So much history and culture and although I typically hate doing touristy things, this is a must!
Plaza Mayor: the Plaza Mayor reminded me of San Marco square in Venice. Tons of restaurants, great people watching and just a great place to relax after hours of walking and exploring.
Tartan Roof: If you’re looking for a great rooftop, a great view and great drinks you have to stop by the TartanRoof at XXXX. You pay 4 euro to go upstairs and believe me when I say it’s worth it. Such a great way to wind down before a late afternoon siesta. Make sure you get there early to score one of the founding day beds.
Ornella: if you know me, you know I always like to find at least one great Italian spot in every city I visit. Ornella might just be one of the best yet. I went really late one night (around 10pm) when our crew was taking a long nap. I couldn’t sleep and decided to go out and explore. I did some googling and found Ornella and y’al it was amazing. Gorgeous decor (boho meets Italia, somehow), amazing penne arraiatta and the best pistachio gelato I have ever had.
Opera Gym: B and I did a pretty good jo of working out semi-consistently during the trip but after my Italian solo-date night, I really wanted to get in a true sweat sash at a gym. We found Opera Gym and it was so perfect for a quick workout. We paid 8 euro for a day pass and they had everything we needed.
Raw Coco: Get ready for a super IG worthy healthy food joint. At this point of our trip, I was on the hint for a good ole fashioned smoothie and salad situation. After some quick googling, I found Nicolau and was so happy! They place was adorable and they had a huge menu of smoothies, fresh juices, salads and wraps. B and I went here after a workout with Max and I’m still craving that cocoa frappe!
El retiro Park: The garden at El Retiro Park is absolutely breathtaking. And walking around and taking in the gorgeous blooms, head deeper into the park for cafes, ice cream and row boats.
San Miguel market: We almost didn’t get a chance to visit San MiguelMarket but I’m so glad we did. It’s full of food and rink vendors featuring traditional Spanish. cuisine. We stopped here before heading to dinner to get snacks and drinks – such a great idea. I stopped by one vendor for an Aperol Sprtiz, one vendor for some Manchego cheese and bread, one v Endor for veggie paella and one vendor fr mojitos. And then….B and I picked up some sweets in preparation for our flight the next day. We could have spent hours in there.
Cordamamo flamenco: Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about the best way to end an amazing trip. I knew without a doubt that I wanted to see a Flamenco show. Cordamamo was recommended a few times so we decided to buy tickets – probably one of the coolest things. I love dance and to see their passion and culture on the stage – I was in awe. And then of course I tried to be my own version of a Flamenco dancer all night.Not as great I must say.