Spain, Wanderlust

First Trip To Spain: Tapas and Sangria in Madrid

I have visited a lot of Spanish speaking countries the past few years. I danced the tango in Argentina, explored the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, ate a lot of empanadas in Colombia, saw Cholitas wrestle in Bolivia and went on long trips in the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. But until last year I somehow never made it to Spain. It was about time I also paid a visit to the country of Flamenco, tapas and sangria. We visited Spain’s capital city, Madrid, in June 2017. I somehow forgot to share my pictures so here are some memories from our trip and some tips on what to do and eat!


We visited the city during a heatwave so we decided to take it easy and not rush from place to place. We strolled around the city and visited the main attractions like the Plaza Mayor and Parque del Buen Retiro. This park is comparable with New York’s Central Park: very big and perfect to walk, bike, do some water activity or just watch people passing by. Inside the parc you can walk to the Palacio de Cristal del Retiro, a palace made pretty much entirely of glass. You just can’t leave without a picture perfect Instagram photo!

Like all good capital cities in the world, you can do some shopping damage at Gran Vía where all major shops are located. We also visited Zara’s largest store in the world in Madrid’s financial center at Paseo de la Castellana (where I bought these shorts!).

We tried several small dishes at the hipster Mercado de San Miguel and ate cute little sandwiches at the popular Spanish chain Cerveceria 100 Montaditos. Madrid is perfect to discover by foot or subway and it’s just a bus ride away from cities as Toledo and Segovia. I will publish some extra posts from these last cities so stay tuned!

Personally I can’t wait to visit Spain again and I am curious about what city I should explore next. Any tips? 🙂