Madrid in 2 days
With this two-day itinerary you will have the chance to discover some of the most interesting places in Madrid and make the most of the time, if you are only visiting for a weekend or a few days. You'll spend 48 unforgettable hours in one of the most lively cities in Europe.
- 1 Prado Museum
- 2 Royal Botanical Garden
- 3 Retiro Park
- 4 Plaza de Cibeles square
- 5 Puerta de Alcalá arch
- 6 Gran Vía
- 7 Plaza de España Square
- 8 Temple of Debod
The second day is a cultural day because Madrid has some of the best museums in the world. It is impossible to leave without also checking out its most famous street: Gran Vía. It is ideal for shopping or going to a musical.
Museo Del Prado
Morning: Paseo del Arte or visit to the Bernabéu
Starting from Atocha station you can walk along the entire Paseo del Prado. It is also known as the “Paseo del Arte” because this two-kilometre stretch of road is home to the museums containing some of the most significant works in history: the Reina Sofía National Art Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Prado Museum. All of these museums deserve a lengthy visit, but if you only have a weekend, the best option is to spend a couple of hours in the Prado (don’t forget to look at the “Las Meninas” by Velázquez!) This area is also where you will find the Royal Botanical Gardens and the most famous park in Madrid, the Buen Retiro Park. It is difficult to fit it all in one morning, so choose the plan that appeals to you most. Are you a bigger fan of football than art? If that’s the case, you might prefer to spend the morning taking the Bernabéu Tour around Real Madrid’s legendary stadium.
A selfie at Plaza de Cibeles and on Gran Vía
At the end of the Paseo del Prado you will come across the distinctive Plaza de Cibeles, with the Fountain and the City Hall creating an image that is worth being photographed. You can climb up to the terrace of the Cibeles Palace (the City Hall) to take in the great views or have a drink. The sixth floor also has a restaurant with a menu that is bound to appeal to you, but if you are looking for a more economical option then the centre of Madrid is full of good spots. After taking a look at the Puerta de Alcalá in the background, walk along Calle de Alcalá until you reach Gran Vía. This is the Madrid avenue par excellence, replete with shops, cinemas and theatres, and where you absolutely must take photo of the Edificio Metrópolis or under the Schweppes sign. The end of this street leads to Plaza de España (with its statue of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza) and the Templo de Debod, the only Egyptian temple in Spain and undoubtedly the best spot in Madrid to watch the sunset.
Musical del Rey León
A musical night
Retrace your steps and grab some dinner in one of the restaurants on Gran Vía or close by so that you can then go to any one of the great musicals that take place on this street. For example, did you know that “The Lion King” has been a hit here since 2011? If you still think the night is young, you will then be able to continue with some drinks in a bar, because Madrid has no shortage of bars with so much history that stars such as Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly have passed through their doors. If you are looking for a more alternative vibe, check out the neighbourhoods of Malasaña and La Latina.
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