I recently visited the beautiful city of Madrid for three nights. I stayed at the Dear, Hotel which is located at the end of Gran Via, one of the cities most important shopping areas. Gran Via is also known as the Broadway of Spain with many movie theatres based in this area.
Firstly, my whole experience at the Dear Hotel was top class. Everything is done to perfection and guests are definitely treated to luxury for their entire stay. The 14th floor boasts a large roof top area with a restaurant and bar, pool and outstanding views of the whole city.
Plaza de España from Dear Hotel
The Palace is about 7 minutes walk from Dear Hotel and is spectacular! Its €11 admission per adult and between 6pm-8pm they do free admission. There is a great buzz around the area and the views are insane.
We decided to buy a two day pass for the hop on hop off bus tour. It was €24 each for the two days which was amazing. We saw everything we wanted and the bus was so convenient, I don’t think we waited more than 5 minutes for a bus on either of the two routes.
One of our favourite places was Parque del Buen Retiro and is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid at 1.4kms. It consists of many sculptures and monuments, galleries, and a lake with small row boats which are €6 each. There are also small restaurants around every corner.
After visiting Parque El Retiro we got off the bus at Puerta del Sol. Its a large square which is just buzzing with acts, dancers, singers, shops and bars. The area is really nice and only about a 20 minute walk from Gran Via and the Palace.
A highlight for my boyfriend was definitely our visit to the Santiago Bernabéu, home of the football club Real Madrid. Route two of the bus goes here and we got tour tickets for €24 each. The tour lasted about an hour and a half and was really something else. We got a panoramic view of the stadium from the very top (I’m not scared of heights at all but I did get a bit wobbly up that high haha) we saw the changing rooms, got a history of the club, all of the cups and trophy’s, walked on the pitch and got lots of photos.
Templo de Debod was wonderful. Its is an ancient Egyptian Temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid. Its literally 10 minutes walk from Dear Hotel/Gran Via and so worth the walk around. The views over the city are also incredible from here. Its so peaceful and relaxing to stroll around.
We felt that the three days was enough to see all we wanted to in Madrid. I would say that if you don’t have much Spanish to bring a dictionary or phrase book with you. A lot of people won’t speak english but once you even try to speak Spanish they will do their best to help you in English if needed. It was so good to have a go at all the Spanish I’ve learned over the years.
We flew with Aer Lingus, 2 hours over and 2 hours 25 minutes back. The weather was gorgeous for our three days. Coming from Ireland it was a pleasant change in April to sun and blue skies, although at night time it is still chilly in Madrid right now.
Gracias Madrid 🙂