A Weekend in Madrid

After a whirlwind trip to Toledo, Lucas and I headed onward to Madrid. It was chillier than I expected in January, and a bit windy, but we checked into our very central airbnb apartment and headed out on a tapas and culture tour with Native Spanish Tapas. We spent a few hours ducking into and out of tapas bars and exploring the city by night learning history and anecdotes about life in Madrid before sitting down to a delicious meal of paella and sangria.

After the tour, we explored the city for a while before getting the obligatory late night churros and chocolate at Chocolatería San Ginés. Delicious.

On our first morning in Madrid, we got an early start (with pastries and coffee of course) and headed to the Prado for some art and culture. When we felt we’d seen enough paintings (and finished most of the highlights audioguide) it was time for a lunch break. A plate of manchego cheese and some sandwiches, washed down by local beer were just what we needed. Admission to the Reina Sofia was free in the afternoon, so we made a quick stop there to see Guernica, the famous Picasso painting and a few other pieces of modern art.

Feeling as though we’d absorbed plenty of culture, we spent the afternoon on a self- guided craft beer and food tour of Madrid. Madrid isn’t exactly known for it’s craft beer scene, but the following places are worth checking out:

El Pedal – a small brew pub with some good craft beers

Chinaski Lavapies – Near El Pedal, a great craft beer bar with a selection of local and international brews

Irreale – Another great craft beer bar with tasting flights of local and international craft beer

Fabrica Maravillas – A snazzy modern brewpub

Our plan for the final morning had been to visit the palace, but due to a function with the royal family, only the armoury was open.  We had a quick lunch of pastries and it was off to the airport and back to less sunny England.


Buying a 2 Day Tourist Pass for public transit worked out really well, we were able to explore outlying areas of the city and the metro is very efficient. It doesn’t cover the entire cost of getting to the airport though-you’ll have to pay a supplement to get out of the barriers when you arrive.

Staying in an Airbnb in one of the tiny streets off Puerta del Sol worked great- we were close to public transit and the craziness of the main square but set back enough that our street was filled with more local restaurants and bars.




8 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebecca says:

    While I’m not the hugest fan of Madrid in terms of its architecture and sites, I would go back just for its food. The Chocolateria San Ginés is fantastic, and I’m in love with Spanish hot chocolate! Really love the tapas and the sandwiches, too. Definitely worth the culinary adventure!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The tapas were so good! Croquettes, hams and tons of cheese! I agree about the sights too, not as impressive as other cities but worth a visit for the food and culture.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Hola Madrid. Such a fun town. I’ve been there a couple of times now and it grows on me every time. Did you make it to the jamon museum? #farawayfiles

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes! We stopped there on our food tour for some cheese, jamon and chorizo. Apparently we were too busy eating to take photos though!


  3. Sharon says:

    What a fun, lively place! It looks chilly outside, so the photo of a plate of warm, delicious food really pops!


  4. Clare Thomson says:

    A food tour of the city followed by trips to art museums sounds like my ideal day in Madrid! #FarawayFiles


  5. frejatravels says:

    You have a beautiful photos of Madrid and I miss the tapas now since we just back from Madrid tonight:) Love the way your describe the trip. cheers


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s