It’s that time of year again when myself and old uni housemates rendezvous for a long weekend, this time our choice of location was beautiful Madrid. Having experienced Barcelona last year and hearing great things about Madrid we couldn’t wait.

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We arrived on an early flight and made our way on the metro to Plaza Santa Ana which was just down the road from our Air BnB flat. We had a few hours to kill while the previous guests left the apartment so there was only one thing for it, sit in the square with wine and tapas. We settled ourselves into a wonderful place where the wine was €2.60 a glass and after a few ‘tres más por favor’ the waiter was pouring the bottle freely without any measurements, I like Madrid already! We ordered their selection of canapés which involved bread topped with a wonderful selection, blue cheese, iberico ham, fish.

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It was then time to drag ourselves across to the apartment which was a few minutes away and were let in and managed to explore the wonderful place. The main feature being the spiral staircase that led up to the spacious roof terrace.

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We spent the next few hours basking in the glorious heat until Rosie arrived.

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After a quick siesta it was time for our late dinner, on Spanish time by this point. We made our way to La Tercera round the corner which was a feast of food, although our first experience of the waiter actually telling us to stop ordering because it would be too much! They clearly don’t know how much we can eat.

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Our meal included rocket, apple, walnut and cheese salad.

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Then a gorgeous salmon and avocado dish, very fresh.

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Then my favourite spanish dish crispy squid with aioli, can never not order this in a restaurant.

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We did opt for meatballs which were probably the most disappointing of the meal.

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There were plenty of croquettes (first of many for the trip) then finishing up with profiteroles.

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The toilet was a nice idea in that the walls are chalkboards and so we left our mark in a very civilised manner!

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We walked to a few outdoor bars in Plaza Mutute and after a few large gin and tonics it was time to call it a night before our day of sightseeing the next day, more to follow..

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