Some of you may have noticed that our Instagram feed recently went a bit Latin.
Team Xander have just returned from five wonderful days in Madrid, feeling creatively re-invigorated and full of passion for all things Spanish. We have been fortunate to have travelled extensively across Spain, but this was our first time back in Madrid for over 16 years.
The apartment we booked through Airbnb was in a fantastic part of the city called La Latina, a young an energetic part of town with lots of great new restaurants and bars being opened by a myriad of people from all over the world.
When we visited Madrid previously we stayed in a hotel, an easy option but definately not as enjoyable as the Airbnb route. The great thing about Airbnb is that you get to stay in areas with real life taking place, kids playing, young couples enjoying time together, mums shopping, the things that give the city not only it’s pulse, but it’s identity.
Madrid is definately a city for foodies and museum fans. We enjoyed some outstanding food, everything from tapas to tacos with a dash of Venezuelan vegan thrown in. We can highly recommend Taberna Rayuela with it’s fantastic twist on traditional tapas, Tacos & Tapas for great Mexican food and Zoco for some of the best vegetarian food we have every had.
You are spoilt for choice on the art front, the Prado is always top of anyones list when visiting Madrid, but the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia are definitely must-see’s for fans of contemporary art. The new wing of the Reina Sofia is worth a visit just to soak up the wonderful architecture, a cathedral like space that also serves great coffee!
Madrid is not as kid friendly as some of the Scandinavian capitals, but there was more than enough to see and do to keep an energetic five year old busy, Retiro Park was probably my son’s favourite part of the trip along with a cool kids space called Grey Elephant, a great mix of fun and learning for youngsters.
Autumn was a good time of year to visit, less crowds and cooler temperatures made walking the city a real pleasure, by far the best way to soak up the sites and sounds of Spain’s energetic capital.