I spent about a week in Madrid in April for work. It wasn’t my first time in Spain (having been twice before), but it was my first time in Madrid. I must say, it exceeded my expectations. I won’t weigh in on the Madrid vs Barcelona debate, because I’m still undecided…and it’s irrelevant. Both have their merits, and both are equally amazing in their own right. But Madrid definitely felt like a great city to live in.
The architecture was one of the first few things to draw me in.
Also, after five nights of staying at the Melia Castilla in Madrid (which was fabulous), I transferred for a night to the Praktik Metropol, where my friend Natasha also happened to be staying. It was one of the best boutique hotels/hostels I’ve ever stayed in.
I only had a day and a half free in Madrid, so Natasha and I headed to Retiro Park straight away.
Met these guys in Retiro Park. They play the hank drum. I bought their CD, so the guy I was speaking to said he’d play this song, titled ‘Retiro’, inspired by the park where they were busking.
And now for the main attraction. The park itself is lovely, and there’s a gorgeous glass palace, but we specifically came back to the park to check out this graffiti exhibition. I love street art, and this was definitely a fun playhouse of graffiti. The highlights, below.
Definitely going back to Madrid soon so I can explore more of the city.