48 Hours In: Madrid


The ultimate guide of EVERYTHING you need to do whilst in Madrid! - Words & Pictures by Hayley ...


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So, last week was 'the week' where I flew to the wrong country. LOL. If you follow me on social media you'll know that I *thought I was travelling to Milan for a two day press trip but actually went to Madrid instead, and get this I didn't even REALISE until we'd landed. Yup, not sure how I managed that one either. Still makes me die of laughter every time I think about it, what an idiot. Oh well, that's one to tell the grandkids I guess *inserts eye roll emoji*. None the less, I had the most wonderful stay and absolutely fell head over heels for Madrid (I *think I might even love it more than I love Barcelona and trust me that's saying something!). We were super lucky as we had an incredible tour guide called Jo from Insiders Madrid and Julio who worked at the Only YOU Hotel Atocha to show us around all the sites, the local way! We discovered so many fab places to eat, drink, party, sleep and so much more - so here's my guide to Madrid!...


1.) WHERE TO STAY - ONLY YOU HOTEL ATOCHA

So, you're heading to Madrid - but where you gonna stay?! Well, look no further gal pals because Only YOU Hotel Atocha is THE place you need to book in Madrid (i'll be doing a separate post with ALL of the snaps and telling you exactly why), but in a nutshell it's bloody awesome and has a great central location too!


Where? Paseo Infanta Isabel, 13, Madrid

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2.) TOUR MADRID IN A SEAT 600 - 600 TOUR MADRID

The lovely hotel and PR had organised for us to tour Madrid in a Seat 600, one car was 45 years old and the other 51, it was so much fun! The weather wasn't great during our tour but it was a great way to explore the city - and fab for anyone with an interest in cars! You can book the tours here!

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3.) GET CULTURAL - DEL PRADO MUSEUM

I would highly, highly recommend a visit to the grand El Prado museum (if only to see the stunning building itself), if you're a museum lover then I'd recommend a half/full day to wander around and soak everything in, we did a whistle stop tour in an hour and a half but I'm so glad we got to visit - it was incredible! Expect to see artwork from; Rubens, Bosch and Rembrandt.


Where? Museo Nacional del Prado. Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23

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*Image via Pinterest


4.) A MUST - FLAMENCO AT CORRAL DE LA MORERIA

So girls I have to say that watching Flamenco dancing at Corral De la Moreria was the highlight of my trip, and I'd go as far as to say, you absolutely HAVE to do this whilst in Madrid! It was one of the best things I've ever witnesses, so passionate and breathtaking, you'll genuinely be mesmerised! We enjoyed a three course meal whilst there - they actually put our desert on the table and no-one ate it for a good 10 minutes as we were so captured by the dancers! There are lots of Flamenco bars in Madrid (which I'm sure are all just as fabulous) but speaking from experience, this one was bloody incredible!

Where? c/ Morería, 17 - 28005 Madrid

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5.) DO A WALKING FOOD TOUR OF MADRID WITH INSIDERS MADRID

On the Saturday afternoon we did an amazing walking food tour of Madrid with the lovely Jo from Insiders Madrid, who showed us the coolest places to hang out, local food joints, as well as the oldest restaurant in the world, Botin - which is definitely worth a visit (it's the oldest restaurant in the world that hasn't closed it's doors to the public)! If you're only in Madrid for 2/3 days I'd definitely recommend doing a food tour as you'll discover the true gems of the city! Book here!

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Head to Puerta Del Sol and look for this plaque on the floor... it's the very centre of Spain - how cool is that?!

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TOP TIP: Head to the Mercado San Anton - a super cool, three floor food market packed full with reasonably priced world wide cuisine - great for lunch! Where? 28004, Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24B, 28004

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If you spot this plaque on the floor - it means the store has been there for over 100 years! Found commonly in the writers district which is where Hemingway both worked and lived - a great area to explore so do visit!

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Have you been to Madrid before? What did you think? Do you have any tips you'd love to share? I'm already planning a trip back!

18 Comments

  1. Kerstin 5th February 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Beautiful pictures girl. Your trip to Madrid sounds so much fun and I literally cried when I read your tweet about Milan, so funny! I’ve never been to Madrid but I desperately want to go so I’ll definitely keep this guide in mind.

    Happy weekend + have a fab start into the new weekend 🙂

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Hayley 7th February 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Hahaha oh girl I still can’t get over it – my boyfriend is still finding it hilarious! Definitely do love, I honestly loved it SO much! x

  2. Elise 5th February 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Lovely pictures, Ive been meaning to go to Spain (Mainly Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia)
    Thanks for sharing these, if i go, ill try out the flamenco 😀

    http://www.zekalin.com

    • Hayley 7th February 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Thank you! I can highly recommend Madrid and Barcelona, both great places! 🙂 Definitely do, such a great night out! x

    • Hayley 7th February 2017 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you lovely, I couldn’t recommend it enough! X

  3. Josie 5th February 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I have to admit I did have a little chuckle at your mishap – these things happen though, right? 😉

    Madrid looks beautiful, I’d never really considered it before but now I’d love to visit! x

    Sick Chick Chic

    • Hayley 7th February 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Hahaha oh love, still can’t believe it – what a wally! Same, it’s honestly such a beautiful city though! x

    • Hayley 7th February 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Oh babes it was SO nice! Such cool decor and the most incredible vibe, definitely recommend a stay if you’re heading back! x

  4. Rosy 6th February 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t know what city you were off to hahaha, that really sounds like something I would do. Seriously though, Madrid looks beautiful, it’s never been somewhere I felt compelled to visit till I saw these pictures.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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    • Hayley 7th February 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Haha oh love I know, a day in the life of me eh?! Definitely squeeze in a visit if you can! 🙂 x

    • Hayley 8th February 2017 / 10:12 am

      So glad to hear that lovely – let me know how you find it! 🙂 x

  5. Lauren 9th February 2017 / 11:56 am

    Looks like you had such a gorgeous trip Hayley! I’m so desperate to go to Madrid. What’s the shopping like there?
    The food looks ace! Xx
    Lauren, Sassyinthecity.com

    • Hayley 9th February 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you lovely – it was incredibly! We didn’t get much time to shop but I’ve heard it’s awesome! 🙂 x

  6. Layla 9th February 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I am in LOVE with this post – it’s absolutely perfect and I love all the photos and how you managed all this in 48 hours!!! Completely love this, need to get travelling, I miss it!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Hayley 9th February 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Ah thank you lady! We had such a packed schedule but worked in our favour as we got SO much done! 🙂 x

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