After a short flight from Sicily, we landed in the heart of Spain, Madrid – and it was hot. We both really didn’t know what to expect from Madrid, but it was exciting being in a new country after almost two months in Italy. We stayed for three nights at the OK Hostel in the La Latina district of the city, known for food and nightlife. It was a good choice – we met so many amazing people at this hostel during our stay from all over the world and we are so glad we did. The rooms were also quite good. In the end, we wished we had spent a little bit more time in Madrid, even if only to go visit nearby & ancient Toledo or Segovia.
We spent our time in Madrid walking around, basically. There was a lot of walking involved. We did a free walking tour (paid for by tips, actually) to get some history of Madrid, which was excellent. We saw the Egyptian temple of Debod, we saw Plaza España, the amazing El Retiro park, the incredible Museo Del Prado, and the mind blowingly opulent Royal Palace. We ate paella & churros and drank sangria (as well as plenty of beer).
Madrid is a very, very beautiful city that is surprisingly green given how dry and hot the country is. There is very nice street art everywhere, and the architecture is stunning. We were in the end pretty blown away by Madrid and we’re really glad we went. We’d highly recommend to put it on your european travel list! Stay longer than 3 nights though – we had an action packed couple of days and still just barely scratched the surface of this amazing city.