This summer, my fiancé spent the first 5 weeks in Almansa, Spain for a pre-med fellowship through Atlantis Project. Afterwards, he traveled back to Madrid and I met up with him to adventure through Spain and Portugal.
I flew out of Boise, Idaho the morning of July 9, 2016 and due to some flight changes, I didn’t arrive to Madrid till 8 pm on July 10. I took a taxi to our Airbnb, changed, and we ate at a little Italian restaurant (our host suggested it), and went to bed because I was so exhausted.
We headed straight to the center of Madrid and just started walking around. Roberto had spent a few days here at the beginning of his fellowship so knew where some of the places we wanted to check out were.
Plaza Meyor: filled with little stores, restaurants, musicians, and people trying to sell you selfie sticks and fake jersey’s.
Mercado de San Miguel: if you ever go to Madrid, you will eat here probably everyday. It’s filled with tapas, drinks, desserts, and fresh fruits and vegetables (I mean look at how perfect that fruit is!) AND everything is super cheap (only $4-$7 per tapa).
We ended the night seeing the most beautiful rooftop view of Madrid at Circulo de Bellas Artes and churros & chocolate at San Gines.
We spent most of the day walking around Parque de El Retiro. This park was huge and had a surprise around every corner. Filled with statues, ponds, gardens, fountains, and my favorite…the crystal palace.
We ended our last night finding the Real Madrid Soccer Stadium for Roberto, eating tapas, drinking wine and packing to head to Portugal.