After traveling with BethAnn & Laurel worldwide, I couldn’t miss meeting them for a weekend in Madrid. Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, is incredibly clean and stylish, and the food did not disappoint. From savoring succulent suckling pig at Botin to eating tapas and drinking vermouth along the charming streets of Calle Cava Baja, this weekend was an epicurean delight shared with friends who are the queens of “fast travel.” I love a weekend getaway, and while it might seem crazy to fly to Madrid for a weekend, it was worth it! Life is short; life is happening now; don’t miss it! My only regret is that I didn’t pick up a pair of espadrilles at Calzados Lobo – Tienda de Alpargatas.

Mercado de San Miguel, where we sampled artisanal cheeses, olives, and sweet treats. The vibrant atmosphere and diversity of food stalls made it a perfect spot to explore Madrid’s food scene.

Calle Cava Baja, a narrow street in the heart of Madrid’s La Latina neighborhood. This charming cobblestone lane is famous for its bustling tapas bars, making it a must-visit destination for any food enthusiast.

Botin is a historic restaurant dating back to 1725. Known as the world’s oldest continuously operating eatery, Botin is celebrated for its mouthwatering suckling pig.

Casa de Valencia in Madrid is a must-visit for paella enthusiasts. Known for its authentic and delectable paella, this charming eatery brings the flavors of Valencia to the heart of the Spanish capital. Whether you savor the traditional seafood variety or opt for a tantalizing vegetarian option, the vibrant colors and rich aromas of their paella will transport your taste buds to the sunny shores of Valencia, making it a delightful culinary experience in Madrid.

photo credit: Laurel Fairworth

Established in 1897 by Timoteo Lobo, Calzados Lobo – Tiende de Alpargatas is one of Spain’s oldest shoe companies, embodying tradition and artisanal craftsmanship. Nestled in Old Madrid, this historic shoe shop maintains its original façade and interior while drawing a constant stream of locals seeking espadrilles and various shoe styles. Notably, even renowned designer Carolina Herrera counts Lobo among her favorite stores for espadrille shopping when she visits Spain.

Spending a weekend in Madrid with BethAnn and Laurel was an absolute blast. We did it the way we do best – people-watching, eating like there’s no tomorrow, and sipping on vermouth and Spanish wines. Sure, we didn’t have time for museums and historic sites, but who needs ’em when you’re having this much fun? Traveling with these two is a guarantee for non-stop laughter and adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Madrid, you’ve stolen our hearts!

Suckling Pig & Seafood Casserole

Botin Salad & Garlic Soup with Egg & Ham

Only YOU Hotel Atocha
Catalonian Pan con Tomate
Typical Spanish Breakfast