I'm finally having some time to sit down and do my piece on my city break to the sunny capital of Madrid. We stayed in Regente hotel which was located in gran via to my surprise was very central to everything you needed. A bit of walking is involved please bring sensible walking shoes. We went at the end of may too with this is the start of Madrid busy season. We we're also lucky enough with the weather as it was starting to warm up if you can bring some loose fitting clothes. Thank god i brought some summer dresses! But if you are ever stuck the hotel is greatly located across the main road to primark flagship store which i'll know is a delight to every girl dream. As this has four levels full of fashionable clothing piece's that won't break the bank. You just might need to run and get another suitcase though.
There is a lot of tourist attractions to go and see first up we started with was parque del retiro which was around a 20 minute walk from the hotel. Along the way we got to see the metropolis building which is on the corner of calle de alcala. We also got to take in the fuente de neptuno this neoclassical fountain is in the center of a roundabout depicting neptune on a shell-shaped chariot. Finally when we got to the park which was very busy with lots going on that you sure won't be disappointed. There was a music orchestra which had a great crowd watching and enjoying the flowing lyrics from the band stand. The buen retiro park is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid,Spain. The park belonged to the Spanish monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. It's full of beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries and that big lake in which you can take a boat out on. One thing like any tourist attractions there is going to be queues just be aware of that.
Next up we did was the Royal palace another attraction you won't be disappointed in. The royal palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. Believe me you need to go and do a trip around this place. We got the pleasure in walking around the palace for free as the lovely lady at the front desk let us in with out paying (i think she was very impressed with my hola). Anyways there is a charge of €11 but before paying in at the front desk you need to pass through security and scanners first. No pictures are allowed to be taking of any of the rooms while you're walking through the palace, sorry i can't show you much but trust me in what i'm saying go and see this building.
We also got to take in more of the attractions as we did the most touristy thing to do was take the city tour bus. Which i think is one of the best thing to do as you can either stay on the bus to do a quick trip around or the option to hop off the bus to go and walk around any of the sights you want to visit. These are great as they start quite early in the morning and run until 10 o clock that night. There is so much to do and see that i would make another trip back to Madrid because it is certainly very impressive to have being there for the few days i was there. Price wise i found sometimes it was on par with here but I think it depends on where you go and what you plan on doing once you are there. We stayed in Madrid for 3 nights those nights we ate out in gran via which had a strip full of restaurants to choose where you want to eat. I think €50 to over €60 a little bit more was what we were paying for for 3 people. Not bad right! I couldn't believe though that on the monday night while there they had the new premier for The Mummy. Imagine Tom Cruise was mere metres away from where we were staying!
Hope you enjoy my piece!