I love Spain.
The food, the fiestas (and siestas), the late evening meals, sangria, the way the language sounds when spoken. There is much to admire and inspire, which is why I thought I would love Madrid as well.
A few unfortunate factors led to our trip to Madrid starting off on the wrong foot. It was doomed from the beginning…
Luckily, the city had so much to offer that it quickly made up for its original misfortunes.
One particularly gorgeous day, we set off to enjoy a picnic in the park, followed by (yet another) rooftop visit + vista. The Buen Retiro Park is smack dab in the middle of the city, and offers a welcoming respite from the chaos of the city. One of my favourite landmarks we saw is the Crystal Palace, located in the centre of the park (with free entrance). Afterwards, we sat down alongside the small lake and did a little cured meat tasting. We had purchased two types of ham, jamon serrano and the real deal, jamon iberica. We each did a blind tasting of the two to see if we could really differentiate them and validate the quadruple price tag of the latter. The verdict: we both could distinctly tell the difference, and the pricier and tastier jamon iberica won us over. We finished the afternoon with drinks upon the fantasticly high Circulo De Bellas Artes Rooftop, with panoramic views across Madrid’s city skyline.
If you’re headed to Madrid, be sure to use my handy ‘Map of Madrid’, complete with all relevant architectural landmarks, the best rooftops, and some fantastic restaurants to fuel along the way: