I had been in Spain before, but never in Madrid.

I had already seen the colours of Barcelona and the lava landscapes of Lanzarote, but never visited the capital of Spain, situated in the heart of the country.

We spent a weekend to relax and obviously to taste the culinary specialties of Spain: how can you not enjoy tapas and sangria?!
Madrid is also a city you can easily visit on foot, as the majority of the attractions are very close.

Our exploration started in Plaza Mayor, the central plaza in the city of Madrid. This square is surrounded by residential buildings having 237 balconies facing the Plaza!

Or hotel room had one of these balconies and it was a pleasure watching the people in the square taking photos, having dinner outside, busking… this square is definitely the epicentre of Madrid. Under its porticoes you can find several souvenir shops and a lovely flea market on Sundays.

Two of the best museums in Europe are here, and display some truly amazing collections of art: the Prado Museum features works by Bosch, Goya, Rubens, Tiepolo, Velàzquez, while the Reina Sofia Museum houses works by Fontana, Bacon, Picabia, Miró, as well as Picasso’s masterpiece: Guernica.

As for the shopping you can’t miss Gran Vía, known as the street that never sleeps, with thousands of shops and theatres. There are also many notable Art Deco buildings to spot. We also visited El Rastro, a huge antique and flea market held every Sunday located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores.

Food is also amazing in Madrid – eating out is relatively easy for vegetarians, too. We had amazing snacks and appetizers, the famous tapas, at the Market of San Miguel: tortillas, empanadas, olives… all going with wine, beer or vermouth!

Don’t forget to try churros, fried-dough pastry based snacks with hot chocolate. There are many chocolatería around the city, and the most famous one is Chocolatería San Ginés, just off Plaza Mayor.

One thing that really thrilled me is that Madrid is one of the liveliest cities I have ever visited: so many people everywhere enjoying the pleasant November sun and climate, having dinner, chatting, busking, shopping… it seemed like everyone around was to loving and living this beautiful city!

¡Hasta luego!

Enjoying my churros con chocolate!

Tortilla de patatas and Patatas bravas