I have always wanted to visit Madrid, but my husband’s intensive seasons have meant that we mostly end up at the beach for our holidays. Getting much needed relaxation and recharging our batteries!
However this time round we both agreed to have a more adventurous trip.
We took two weeks off in which we decided to walk and explore the streets of Madrid and then take some time off in the Balearic island of Majorca just to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean Sea.
I was pretty excited about the trip.
I knew that Madrid is a magical place, and this is even more so when you are a real Madrid fan! Hala Madrid!
El Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
As I previously mentioned, we are big fans, which is one of the reasons we were so excited about the trip.
I’ll never forget watching the magic of the Galacticos: Figo, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos on the big screen!
The Bernabeu is one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world and had been this way since it was inagurated in 1947, however this also means it’s kinda dated… and not really suited for strollers! Of course we came with our little girl, and this ended up being really painful. There are stairs everywhere and when you finally think you’re ok for a bit, you realise after two minutes it’s back to your husband re-lifting the cart and having the Spanish attendants rush in to help with the incredible 14kgs 😀
I think this is a bit of a failure!
The stadium was quiet and not very crowded. Probably because we made our visit just before summer, and to be honest the same can be said about Madrid as a whole as there didn’t seem to have many tourists.
Aside from this the museum was perfect and we absolutely enjoyed watching and learning about the whole history of the club. We took some great shots of the field from the top of the stadium and we also came back with some souvenirs such as tshirts and a full kit for Amelia to wear! Fun!
With a few little breaks, it took us around half an hour to see the whole stadium (special trip points). To put a perfect finish to the day, we had an amazing meal at the restaurant housed within the stadium.
We enjoyed some delicious food along with a beautiful view over the entire field.
The Madrid Royal Palace
The official residence of the Spanish Royal family. Spectacular baroque construction and a perfect spot for editorial pictures. And guess what!?! It even had an old fashion elevator for the stroller which was a bonus!
It was a great experience however I was not able to to take any pictures of the inside of the palace, but trust me,
is absolutely worth visiting!
Buen Retiro Park
An incredible huge space with lots of beautiful aged monumentals, a pretty lake in the middle and a park as awhole that has been very well maintained. You can see lots of the residents just come to enjoy the charm of the place.
The park used to belong to the Royal family, which is probably why the park is so well cared for and the gardens so enjoyable.
Our choice of hotel
Of course, for me, it’s important to be in the middle of “what’s going on”, that being one of the reasons why we chose the well placed Gran Melia Fenix hotel. It carries an old fashioned look with a perfect fit centre view. Delicious food along with great service.
Clean and tidy rooms. Just perfect!
Food and dining
Delicious. We strolled a lot with Amelia so we could also enjoy the
local Spanish delights.
Please note that Spanish dinner restaurants open from 20:30,
before that time you can only usually get tapas and appetisers with your drink.
One of the main drives for our visit was to walk around and enjoy the beautiful culture, architecture and history of the great City it is Madrid. Even though we didn’t get to see as much as I originally planned, for example it’s museums,
we couldn’t have been more satisfied.
In my opinion a whole week might have been a tad too long to stay at the city centre and 3-4 days would be enough.