When I first came to Spain, I was in Madrid. That was June 17. I feel like I can’t tell the story of my year abroad without talking about where it all started: Madrid.
A lot of apartments in Madrid are very nice. I have personally only stayed in two, however, when looking into the window of a real-estate company’s building I saw pictures of many great apartments. The first apartment we looked at was a MAJOR disappointment (see my post about Spotahome https://herethereandeverywhere.blog/2019/06/24/spot-a-home-scam/ to see what I mean about said disappointment) but the first one we stayed at was perfect. My mom was almost ready to stay there for the whole summer, however it was booked the next day. We then went to a second apartment and that was where I truly fell in love with the apartments in Madrid. The second apartment was a penthouse about three blocks from the apartment we first stayed in. We actually wanted to go back there after our coastal trip (see https://herethereandeverywhere.blog/2019/06/29/coastal-journey/ to learn more about the coastal trip) but the apartment was booked.
The food in Madrid (or more specifically the neighborhood of Sol where we stayed) was some of the best I’ve ever had. Our first night we ate at a restaurant that my brother claims to be the restaurant of all time (he’s not too far off) called Gusto’s (see https://www.eltenedor.es/restaurante-plus/gustos-madrid-plaza-mayor/292055?cc=16778-ef8&msclkid=8a6d41f5014713be11a31cd17333f542&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=BING+-+SP+-++Madrid+-+Restaurantname+%2B+city&utm_term=Gustos+Madrid&utm_content=292055+-+Madrid+-+Gustos to reserve a table there.) Many of the other restaurants were good but none can compare to Gusto’s.
The sights in Madrid are basically on every block. Every block has something different. The views from the apartments were amazing. The views from the sidewalk were equally amazing. The statues in Plaza Major were beautiful and attracted many people day and night. Going to Madrid to sightsee in Sol is worth the trip to Madrid.
- Don’t use Spotahome
- Always be willing to walk for good food
- The night is the best time to sight see
If you are going to go to Spain, Madrid is almost a requirement and while you are there you should either be staying in, or visiting, the neighborhood of Sol.