I’m going to start out by saying that this isn’t my typical travel post, in that I went to Madrid for the weekend but I didn’t do my usual sightseeing city break. So, why did I go here and not do much sightseeing? Well, to spend time with my lovely friends from University. The weekend was all about being with my girls and spending time with one in particular who moved to this lovely Spanish city a few years ago. The weekend was all about catching up, The Royal Wedding and drinking pale rosé on rooftop bars overlooking the city. Oh, and eating a lot of tapas! It was bliss.
Whilst, I only got to spend 48 hours here I did go to some amazing places which I thought I’d share with you. Enjoy!
Day one of my trip consisted of a morning eating my weight in baked goods, sipping delicious Bellini’s whilst waiting in anticipation to see what designer Meghan had decided to wear. The wait was worth it as her dress was stunning!
Post-wedding we were whisked off to a first of many rooftop bars to soak in the Spanish rays. Gingko Sky Bar is set high above the city rooftops on Plaza de España. If you’re after a shot for the ‘gram the interiors are to die for with jewel tone velvet chairs and floor to ceiling windows.
Next up was Dear Hotel a short walk away where I was served a bowl of cucumber-infused Gin. Divine. Again, the views did not disappoint, we sat up here for hours putting the world to rights albeit slightly gin-toxicated!
On Sunday, we were surprisingly spritely, heading off to a lovely brunch spot called Bar Tomate. The food was seriously yummy with an eggs benedict and juice with lots of toasted bread costing a reasonable 13 Euro. Once our tummies were full it was off to do a spot of shopping in Oysho which is now my new obsession. If you’re not familiar with the brand they specialise in lingerie, beachwear and athleisure. It’s beautiful and completely affordable. I’ve since found out they ship next day to the UK!
Our final stop before heading to the airport was an afternoon relaxing in Parque del Buen Retiro. I, of course, was desperate to get a snap in front of Palacio de Cristal del Retiro so this was our first stop. Last time I visited in 2016 we went rowing on the lake which I highly recommend!
While this wasn’t my typical travelling weekend away, it was being with each other for a few special days that was so lovely. Chatting, moaning about the London commute, drinking lots of wine and reminiscing about embarrassing incidents at Uni. It couldn’t have been better!