For those who don’t know, I recently went on an amazing trip to Madrid this May to watch my favourite team, Real Madrid! After many years of supporting Real, I was finally able to go to the Santiago Bernabeu on May 14th 2017.
Let me tell you now, I was fangirling throughout the whole of the trip because after so many years of waiting, I actually watched my favourite team play at home!
I plan to do a few trips abroad to watch different teams and I hope to share them all with you. Watching Real Madrid was my first match abroad. If you guys do decide to visit Madrid I do have a list of recommendations when it comes to places to visit (these will come in handy if you love a bit of sightseeing).
First things first, I’d like to mention that a few days in Madrid was not expensive at all and a couple days holidays in Europe (to watch football in my case) is definitely student friendly.
We went from Manchester to Madrid with Ryanair so the flights were relatively cheap. The transport links in both Manchester and Madrid are both great. So from Manchester we were able to get the train or the tram straight to Manchester Airport (we had an early morning flight so the train was our only option at the time). From the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport we got the metro to the Santiago Bernabeu metro stop as our hotel was just a 5 minute walk from the Bernabeu.
Here are just some overviews of the days…
Sunday, May 14th,
This was my first day there and all I really did was relax throughout the day. We weren’t in the centre of Madrid but it was easy to get there on the metro and we explored that area the next day. We also explored the surrounding neighbourhood and found some little restaurants/cafes and bakeries as well as a few gift shops and generic high street stores. A little shoutout to a cafe we visited- La Manon Bernabeu! The pastries we had for breakfast were amazing, If you ever find yourself near the Santiago Bernabeu I definitely recommend visiting there. Anyway, back to what I did on Sunday, well, Sunday evening. We went to watch the final home game of the 2016/2017 season which was Real Madrid v Sevilla. The score was 4-1 to Real and I did do a match day vlog for it which you can view here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMjEGd7OCBw Just from the video you can really tell how excited I really was for this match!
Monday, May 15th,
On this day, we just explored the city centre. Madrid is an amazing city and it is full of history. Not to forget the people are so nice there! We wondered the streets of the city as well as shopped for gifts. Then we went to visit Palacio Real De Madrid. This is another place I definitely recommend visiting. The palace isn’t the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the palace is used for state ceremonies, official banquets and other state functions. If you’re interested in the culture and history of Madrid I couldn’t recommend this place enough. (Plus it’s a great place to take photos)
Tuesday, May 16th,
We were flying out Monday Evening so we tried to make the most of the day by waking up early. The Tour of the Bernabeu was first on the agenda and it was really fun! Even if you’re not a Real Madrid fan I still recommend giving the tour a go. Although there are guided tours, we went around the tour and museum ourselves so we could take our time around and take plenty of pictures. After the tour we went back to the hotel to grab our luggage then made our way into the city centre to grab something to eat before we headed to the airport and came back home.