Recently, I went to Madrid and loved it. I know there is a huge rivalry between Barcelona and Madrid, but honestly I think they were both equally amazing. They were too different to compare. While we were there we took day trips to Avila, Segovia and Toledo which I highly recommend.
We stayed at the Hotel Mercure Madrid. It was great! It was in an amazing location.
There was so much to do and see that I just made a list below of what I recommend doing while you are there:
Temple of Debod – this was really cool. It is an Egyptian temple that was relocated to Madrid.
Chocolateria San Gines – this churro place is famous but we only went here once. We preferred Churreria Chocolateria.
Churreria Chocolateria – we went here daily. It was super clean and the staff was friendly. Their churros were delicious!
Wine tour – read my blog post to learn more: http://www.kristinagemella.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/Madrid-wine-tour/
Jardin de Sabatini – we walked through here daily on our way to the Palacio Real. Very beautiful.
Plaza Major – this plaza had plenty of outdoor patios with sangria and food and a lot of street performers.
Palacio Real – take a tour of this palace!!! It was so beautiful. From the moment I saw it I found it captivating and we would sit across from it and just watch it for hours while we drank wine and ate tapas.
Plaza de Oriente – also near the Palacio Real. It had amazing restaurants and views of the Palace.
Puerta Del Sol – the busiest part of the city with a beautiful center fountain and surrounded by stores and restaurants.
Walk down Calle Mayor and Gran Via – the two main streets with shopping and dining.
Go to a Flamenco Show at Torres Bermejas – beautiful decor and talented dancers
Do the hop on hop off bus – great way to see the entire city
Plaza de Cibeles – beautiful marble sculptures and architecture.