We kicked off our holiday in Southern Spain, with a group of friends in a town called Benalmadena. Our friend Dawn had picked out a lovely villa with a pool and amazing views of the surrounding mountains. It was the perfect place to relax and soak up some much needed Vitamin D.
After four days of chilling and indulging in probably one too many scoops of ice cream, Alan and I said our goodbyes to our friends and got on a train up to Madrid.
Three hours later we checked into our hotel and headed further into the centre of Madrid to begin our free walking tour. We had 30 minutes to kill before this, so treated ourselves to a pastry. We weren’t limited on choice!
I’d booked the free walking tour with a company called Sandeman’s New Europe, providing you with a little history of the city and a look at some of the key places. It lasts for around two and a half hours, with a break in the middle and you have the option to tip them at the end depending on how good an experience it was. We met the organisers at Plaza Mayor and went on to see the Royal Palace, the oldest restaurant in the world, learning about the origins of Tapas and Madrid’s Robin Hood.
The walking tour mainly focuses on the old city of Madrid, so the following day Alan and I went to explore the newer parts.
In the afternoon we went to visit the Real Madrid Football Stadium – the highlight of the holiday in Alan’s eyes. I was quite ill in Madrid, sporting a red nose and losing the ability to breath through my nostrils. I feel I deserve extra brownie points for accompanying my fiancé to a football stadium whilst ill. I have to admit the museum was quite impressive, they obviously have a lot of money with a number of fancy large touch screens. I just enjoyed playing with these, never mind the pitch…
Our final day in Madrid we went in search of souvenirs and I did a spot of clothes shopping. As we are coming home to Autumn weather I decided to invest in a couple of scarves.
I certainly did not need them in Madrid!
Coming up, Barcelona!