Bueñas Dias! I wanted to give you our Madrid highlights from our recent trip including fun shopping, eating and a must-do tapas walking tour. Our daughter’s husband, Luca was born there and his father and siblings still live there (so we had some experts with us).
Also, I wanted to give you my safety tips for traveling abroad. My purse was stolen the day before our daughter’s wedding. We were sitting in the library of the Pestana Hotel on the Plaza Mayor where we were staying…a nice hotel! Since I was sitting on a short stool, I placed my crossbody bag behind my friend’s back (in between her back and the back of her chair as she was leaning forward). It was a brazen theft. The guy behind us was acting like he was putting on a shirt and swiftly covered the purse and grabbed it…just inches from us. But I will tell you why it could have been worse at the end of the post.
And of course, I didn’t let it ruin our fabulous time! Here are some of our Madrid highlights.
Shopping in Madrid Highlights
The most popular open-air flea market in Madrid. It is held every Sunday and is located along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores. We found the prices to be reasonable.
Charming Spanish Handicraft Store – Cocol Madrid
Cocol Madrid “Here are traditional ceramics, enameled utensils, mortars, kitchen boards, blown glass, cotton towels, wicker, and esparto grass. ”
I bought pretty little hand-painted ceramic bowls (I collect them) and Jane (above) purchased those lace embroidered cocktail napkins.
Eating in Madrid Highlights
“More than 100 years have passed since the Mercado de San Miguel was inaugurated as a food market. Today, this historic building is one of the main gastronomic markets in the world, as it allows its visitors to take a tour of the essence and flavors of each of the corners of Spain.”
It’s like an upscale food court. My sister and I enjoyed a little break from wedding planning and sightseeing here. We loved the Iberian ham and Spanish wines.
Tapas, Taverns & History Tour
We highly recommend this Devour Tapas Tour. “Pair classic tapas with Madrid’s history as we show you how the story of Madrid can’t be told without its food.” Delicious, educational and you will get your steps in!
Sobrino de Botín Restaurant
This is where we had our daughter’s wedding party. “A Spanish fixture open since 1725, famous for its roast suckling pig mentioned in a Hemingway novel.” Make a reservation!
Traveling Abroad Safety Tips
With tourism coming back…the thieves are out. This is the first time I have ever had anything stolen in all my years of traveling. They want cash and smartphones (even if just for the parts). The hardest thing was losing my iPhone. I needed to renew my Driver’s license anyway. My passport was in the hotel safe and I only brought three credit cards which we canceled immediately.
I am filing a claim with our insurance company Liberty Mutual (they have made the process easy).
If I could do it over, I would have kept my crossbody bag on me with one hand on it. I don’t want this to happen to you…so here are my tips and please add yours in the comments. Thanks!
That said, I love Madrid and want to go back!
The memory of our daughter’s wedding there will always be in my heart. Have you ever been to Madrid?