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A weekend in Madrid

When I was a teenager, every year, me and my girfriends used to spend a week’s holiday together.

Then came college, a few marriages and one divorce, children, day to day concerns, work and  time ran

15 years later, we thought it was time to find a solution to meet again in similar circumstances; book a week’s holiday with friends without children or husbands, or hours to arrive To talk, laugh, walk, “sing and change clothes ” (this didn’t happened too much ) but especially to revive a friendship that unites us and which we treasure.

There was also that curiosity inherent to the point; could we have fun as before?

The choice was multiple: Prague, Lisbon, Barcelona, Porto and finally MADRID.

It was a great choice, check out why:

1. Flights at affordable prices.

We’ve booked it a year ago (almost) and got a great deal:. FX-Lx-Madrid, return flight  for about 200 euros.

2. Uhostel

Our room had 3 bunk beds (we could be together in one room) private bathroom and was very well located, plus 5 minutes away from Metro.


3. San Miguel Market and tapas.

A bit too touristic, but great food. We prefered  Antón Martin Market, it looked more like a true market with local food and people

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We had a list of restaurants (and bars) to visit made by a Portuguese friend who lived in Madrid -Tips from locals are always the best.

A good pick was  Restaurant Whitby 10 minutes walk from the hostel.

4.We also did the Madrid Food Tour and we loved churros with chocolate and  so much more …




One morning  well spent wandering the streets of Madrid. The pleasure of tasting delicious food, accompanied with a nice conversation and discovering places and flavors that otherwise we  would hardly come across.

5. We did the Free Tour walking hostel and we had a great guide named Harriet.



A great and fun introduction to the city. A bit of history, culture and tips, lots of tips, where, how and what to do in Madrid.

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6. Calle Fuencarralup and down the street a few times to visit “las tiendas“.

We walked more we bought but it was still “therapeutic”.

7.The nightlife La movida“; was not as good as we expected because we walked a lot during the day and the queues to enter the discos were endless but we recommend calle de las huertas, Sant’ana plaza and malaseña and chueca neighborhood.

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Some addresses: Corazon and space monkey

8. Because in the end we came back with a smile and memories, because mothers (although missing their children ) can also have fun


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