The first day focuses on two of the most historical neighbourhoods in Madrid. First, we recommend walking along the streets in Los Austrias neighbourhood. This area is characterised by the period during the 16th and 17th century when the Austrias dynasty decided to move the imperial court to Madrid. After this, head to Las Letras neighbourhood, where some of the most famous Spanish writers in history lived. At night you will have a number of options to choose from.
Journey: Walking / Duration: 1 day
Morning in the Madrid de Los Austrias
A perfect spot to begin getting to know Madrid is its famous Puerta del Sol. It is always full of life and is where you will find the iconic Bear and Strawberry Tree statue, the delicious cakes sold by the area’s bakeries and a plaque marking kilometre 0 in Spain. From here, you can head to Plaza Mayor, which turned 400 years old in 2018, and have a drink on its terraces or in the nearby San Miguel market – one of Madrid's several historical markets, it has been restored and now offers all types of gourmet products.
If you walk down Calle Mayor, you will soon reach the charming Plaza de la Villa and finally the impressive complex of the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Teatro Real and the Plaza de Oriente. This is, without doubt, the most impressive spot in Madrid!
Tapas and literature in the Las Letras neighbourhood
The Las Letras neighbourhood is located between Plaza de Santa Ana and Calle de las Huertas. It is famous because the most famous writers of the Spanish Golden Age lived here. In fact, you will find the tomb of Cervantes in the Convent of Las Trinitarias, and the Lope de Vega House-Museum. Strolling through these streets filled with old bookshops, theatres and shops is a really lovely experience. And if you look down you will also see some of the most emblematic dates of these writers inscribed on the ground.
This neighbourhood is also well-known for its tapas bars. It is full of traditional taverns where you can try the typical Madrid stew, patatas bravas and Iberian ham, as well as different international cuisines.
Sunset and night of flamenco
To welcome the night, why not head up to one of the most fashionable viewpoints in Madrid: the Círculo de Bellas Artes rooftop bar. We can guarantee that the views of the sunset are unique and you can also make the most of it by having a cocktail or even dinner up there. If you prefer to indulge, you can do this at one of the restaurants in Madrid with a Michelin Star. And if you want to end up at a flamenco tablao, there are many famous ones to choose from in the centre. Prefer a different type of music? You will also find several bars with live jazz shows.