We only spent a couple of days in the city, either side of a lovely trip to the Rioja region. But we spent some time at the old Post Office – now the Palacio de la Cibeles. This multi-storey building houses a Museum of Modern Art and Photography; as well as having a gorgeous rooftop terrace and observation platform, which offers sensational views across the city. Boards explained many of the must-see sights, but I loved the different view of Gran Via and the Schweppes building. Tickets for the rooftop bar were 4.5€, but we could then claim this back against a drink – I had a lovely glass of sangria.
We spent a morning at the Prado Museum, possibly the most famous art museum in the city – where we visited the Bosch exhibition. It was an incredibly popular temporary display, to the extent the museum had to change their opening hours to get more visitors in! Bosch wasn’t an artist I’d studied at school, so I found it very interesting – even if he was slightly on the unusual/eccentric side. Thankfully we had audio guides which explained (in English) everything we saw.
Unfortunately, we didn’t actually go to The Ritz – and I’ve not even been to the Ritz, London. I just loved how dominant the building was amongst the trees and it was just across from the Prado. I’ll definitely have to go next time, even if it’s just for a coffee or cava.
When we returned from La Rioja, it was fiesta season in Sanse. The day we came back, we went for dinner in the city (post here), before going to the pre-fiesta – but we also spent the following two nights enjoying the festivities. The tents had a jovial atmosphere and we spent a lot of time at the local rugby team’s tent, where we enjoyed litres of mojito! We even went to the town centre and amphitheatre to see live bands play. It’s all very traditional and goes on every year. We never made it to the Bull Run, but saw the set-up down the streets and even managed to watch it on TV later on in the day.
A trip to Madrid – and my auntie’s – isn’t complete without a breakfast of chocolate and churros, my absolute favourite! It’s definitely a tradition and we usually have it on the penultimate or final day of the holiday. We always go to the same shop and it really is the best – the churros there is to die for! Places in London just cannot compare!
Love, Lucy xx