Looking for the perfect summer destination? Then Madrid should be on top of your list. The city has plenty to offer when it comes to history, culture, architecture and food. It's also a great weekend destination, which is why we compiled a few ideas for a short stay in the Spanish capital!
Casa Hernanz is a great place in Madrid to find your ideal summer footwear: espadrilles. Indeed espadrilles, or alpargatas in Spanish, first appeared in the 14th century in Spain and the Southwest of France. Casa Hernanz, just off Plaza Mayor, was founded in 1840 and offers a wide selection of authentic and traditional espadrilles. Although you won’t be the only tourist looking for the right pair, it is definitely a great spot for making sure you have appropriate footwear for your holidays.
If all that shopping made you tired, head over to Parque del Retiro, the city's most popular park, ideal for a long stroll, a picnic or a relaxing boat ride on the park’s own pond. Amidst the beautiful scenery you'll also find two massive architectural gems: the Crystal Palace, inspired by the London palace with the same name, and the Velázquez Palace. Romantics shouldn't miss the Rosaleda del Retiro, a beautiful rose garden near the famous Fountain of the Fallen Angel.
Madrid can get extremely hot in the summer, and if you need a place that offers shelter from the sun, then the Jardin Salvador Bachiller is a great choice: a hidden garden in the center of the city located on top of fashion store Salvador Bachiller. The green oasis is loved by locals and tourists alike, and it's perfect for a coffee, brunch or cocktail. By the way, each Thursday there's a special after work evening.
On Sunday, a great way to start the day is to take a stroll through El Rastro Market, the most popular open air flea market in the whole of Spain. Every Sunday and on public holidays it takes over Plaza de Cascorro and Calle Ribera de Curtidores from 9am to 3pm. Insider tip: get lost in the small side streets where you might discover some real gems from antiques to retro clothes.
Afterwards, head to the trendy Ana la Santa restaurant on the Plaza de Santa Ana for a well-deserved rest. Open every day from breakfast to midnight, you can choose between breakfast, tapas, salads, sandwiches or a main dish. It is also known for serving the best paella in the whole city. Plus, its creative interior design alone is worth a visit.
If you need a place to sleep, have a look at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Madrid Prado, which is ideally located in the center of the city and boasts 4 stars.