Mapped Out | Madrid

So as some of you might know, I have spent the last week and a bit in Madrid with my Boyfriend. The main purpose of our trip to Madrid was to teach english to school children at a holiday camp. However, before the camp started we had a couple of days to explore the city! I have been to Madrid a couple of times before as it is where my best friends parents live. It is by far one of my favourite places to go. The architecture and food are just amazing and there is so much to do! All the buildings are so grand, with pillars and arches.

With very little time to explore the city, we made the most of it. The day we arrived, we dumped our bags at the hotel and went straight out. The location of our hotel was incredible! It was on a little side street just off Gran Via which is basically the Oxford Street of Madrid. We only had to walk five minutes to get to Plaza Del Sol. The hotel was only a Best Western, named Hotel Arosa. It was basic but suited us perfectly for our two night stay.

We were both so hungry so headed straight over to VIPS. This is one of my all time favourite restaurants to eat at in Spain. It sells lots of tapas and does the most amazing american style pancakes. Being so hungry I completely forgot to take pictures so you will have to take my word on how amazing it is and go visit for yourself! (Order the croquetas they are the bomb!) After eating our weight in tapas, we went off to explore the city further.

The road by Cibeles was closed off to cars as there was a protest going on. So we were able to get really close to the fountain and get some good pictures!

Scarf- Primark | Cami- F&F | Coat- Topshop | Leigh Jeans- Topshop | Chelsea Boots- Topshop

After a few hours of walking around we went back to the hotel for a nap as we were both so tired. When we woke up we headed out to grab a bite to eat for dinner. It took us quite a while to choose as there are so many places to eat, we were spoilt for choice! Eventually we stumbled across this small tapas bar called Tapas y Cañas. On the ground floor was a bar and downstairs was a cute little restaurant tucked away. It was a really nice place to eat with lots of authentic tapas to choose from.

We went for the Spanish Omelette (my all time favourite), Spicy sausage and croquetas. Most restaurants do this deal where you pay €3 and then for each glass after, only €1. Seems like a pretty good deal to me! Unfortunately I only remember to take pictures after we had eaten most of our food… After eating we went straight to bed as we had to be up early to sort out all the important documents allowing us to work in Spain.

Come back tomorrow for the second part of my Madrid trip!

Have you ever been to Madrid? What did you think of it?