I just got back from my recent trip to Madrid with the Tourist Office of Spain and I’m already wanting to go back! I visited a few years ago but only had 48 hours to explore the city, it definitely was not enough! I’m so glad I was given an opportunity to come back and see the best of Madrid with locals themselves. Maria and Mery who were our guides during the trip created an incredible 3 day itinerary for our group of the best things to see, do and eat!


Circulo de Bellas Artes – The Circulo de Bellas Artes is one of the best rooftops in Madrid. The views were incredible and drinks are delicious. I highly suggest going for sunset and purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased in person.

Circulo de Bellas Artes

Retiro Park & Crystal Palace – The Retiro Park is Madrid’s largest park. On a nice day, spend some time rowing boats around the lake and do not miss Crystal Palace. It’s stunning!

Retiro Park

Crystal Palace

Photo by: @carmelisse

Massage & Relaxation at Anssora Spa in Euro Stars Madrid Tower – Maria and Mery spoiled us with a day at the spa at one of Madrid’s tallest buildings. The views were stunning! It’s always a good idea to spend time relaxing at a spa and getting a massage, don’t you agree? =)

Euro Stars Madrid Tower

Euro Stars Madrid Tower

Temple of Debod – The Temple of Debod is worth visiting during sunset. It’s an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid.

Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

Photo by: @carmelisse

Shopping – Madrid is known for it’s shopping. Salesas is an area with very cute streets and boutique shops.


Arzabal – This restuarant is super cute and has outdoor seating, great for summer! The food was phenomenal and I highly suggest coming here for lunch. What to order: Fries with truffles and red beef sirloin!

Dray Martina – Another cute restaurant! Loved coming here for lunch, the food was delicious and the dessert blew my mind! Everything here looked amazing and I’m sure you cannot go wrong with any of their dishes. My top picks: Squid ink croquettes, tuna tartar, happy birthday chocolate cake!

Dray Martina

La Habanera – Amazing brunch! How cute is this place though? The ambiance and decor is an instagrammers dream. What to order: Special brunch for two people and you’ll get a salty dish and ending with a sweet dish (images below).

La Cocina de San Anton – Awesome location since it’s on a rooftop of a market. Not the best photo below of the ham but this was the BEST jamon ever!!! Definitely come for the ham!

La Cocina de San Anton

Origin Taberna – This is near Temple of Debod and they have amazing tapas! Definitely come here after visiting Temple of Debod. What to order: Cuttle fish burger and crispy baby squid bao.

Yakitoro – Japanese inspired restaurant with amazing food! We ordered tons of sharable food and loved every single item. What to order: everything!

Chocolateria San Gines – Spain is known for the churros so you must go here. It’s one of the most popular churro places and it definitely was worth the calories.

Chocolateria San Gines

Cereal Hunters – What a fun concept right? Basically it’s made to order by choosing your cereal, topping and milk.

Cereal Hunters

Mercado de San Miguel – Spain’s market’s are one of the best! They have tons of vendor stalls with great food selection and it’s super cheap. Don’t miss it!

This trip was so much fun! We ate very well and yes Spain has some of the best foods in the world! I would come back just to eat any day. Not only is the food amazing but the people are one of the nicest! Madrid has some of the most beautiful architecture and history. I loved my time here and can’t wait to return.

Here’s my first YouTube video summing up our trip. Hope you enjoy it!!


The best of Madrid

I was invited to Madrid by the Tourist Office of Spain.
As always, all honest opinions are my own.

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  • Diana

    June 11, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Your pictures look stunning! They make me dream of Madrid 😍 I need to visit soon! Maybe if I win that trip to Madrid 😜

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks Diana!!!! I hope you win. Good luck!! =)

  • Cindy Ladage

    June 11, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    This looks awesome! I love your photo of the Crystal Palace!

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Cindy! Crystal Palace is stunning

  • Suze

    June 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Loving your first YouTube video, will subscribe from my channel! Madrid looks great, the Crystal Palace is stunning

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 12, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much Suze!!!

  • Rossana Wyatt – life is full of adventures

    June 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Oh wow… the architecture and the sights, not to mention the food… looks like an incredible tour!

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you! It was definitely awesome!

  • Cat

    June 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Madrid looks so lively and beautiful! It is packed with things to do and see. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Would love to visit on my next trip to Spain!

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 14, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Thank you!!! Hope you entered the contest and maybe you will win a trip! =)

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