Madrid, so longed for as it is hated by its inhabitants, is a destination that is always a pleasure to visit. If you’re passing through and only have a day to get to know her we’ll show you the essential sites to make your time in the capital unforgettable. A day in Madrid is never wasted, only enjoyed in different ways.
In the Morning
What better than the Kilometre Zero of the capital to start the day? The Puerta del Sol is an obligation to see first. Witness New Year’s Eve and the demonstration center and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll see the clock of chimes, the poster of Tío Pepe, you’ll enjoy the music of the street artists and you can take a photo with the symbol of Madrid, the bear and the strawberry tree.
Go to Calle Mayor and tour to find the royal symbols of the capital, The Royal Theatre, the Cathedral of the Almudena and the Royal Palace with its infinite gardens. If you want to walk a little more close to the Vistillas, where each May, and August they celebrate the best parties of Madrid in honor of its patron, San Isidro. When you cross the bridge of Segovia you’ll arrive in the park of the Madrid River where the Manzanares crosses, full of people on weekends. Provided the weather is good, we recommend a walk to the Casa de Campo to amaze the number of people who practice sports in Madrid.
Dining in Madrid
Surely you will get hungry so we recommend you go back to the Plaza Mayor and eat a good calamari sandwich to regain strength in one of the many bars around the square. If you like wines, you can take a walk through the Latina and go tapas through the different taverns, in this guide you will find the best. And if you prefer to eat in the restaurants here we’ll leave you the best options for all your pleasures!
To drop off the meal, start the afternoon with a walk along Calle Alcalá where you will meet the Madrid goddess, Cibeles, and the Puerta that inspired Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel: La Puerta de Alcalá. From there the best option is stopping to rest in the Green Lung of Madrid, the Retiro Park. You cannot leave without renting a boat on the lake, feed the ducks and get close to the Crystal Palace.
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In the Afternoon
After recovering your strength, try going to the Paseo del Prado and visit some of the museums in Madrid. The Prado Museum is the most visited tourist attraction after the Santiago Bernabeu. You can also visit the Thyssen, Caixafórum or Reina Sofía, near Atocha. On the way you will find the place of celebration of the athletes, the fountain of Neptune.
When the afternoon ends, you’ll come to La Gran Vía to visit the most emblematic street in the city. Look at the Schweppes sign, symbol of so many films. As well as the high buildings and in the amount of musicals, the Madrid Broadway. Arrive to Plaza de España and from there to say goodbye to the day contemplating the sunset from the Temple of Debod, gift of Egypt, which will give you one of the best views of the city.
Although if you don’t want to go far, you can also watch the sunset from the roof of the Círculo de Bellas Artes. From where you will have a breathtaking view, there are no words.
The Night in Madrid
The night in Madrid has many faces and for many options. If you like the culinary experiences, we recommend you get closer to the most multicultural neighbourhood of Madrid, Lavapiés. Choose among its many food options in the world: Indian, Pakistani, African…
If you prefer something more refined you can dine in a restaurant in the neighbourhood of Tribunal and Chueca. There you can have a drink, or several, in their bars. You’ll find the most colorful party in the neighbourhood of Huertas. Where you’ll surely make friends with more than one international student. To end the Madrid night you must end up dancing sevillanas in the flamenco tablao of Candela.
Speaking of dancing! We made a post with the best nightclubs in Madrid. Now you can tour them one by one moving your hips!
As you can see, Madrid has a lot of options to offer. Here are the best fun plans for you. If you want to spend the night in the capital, all the hotels in Madrid at the best price. Before leaving you must have a chocolate breakfast with churros that takes away all hangover, in the San Ginés Chocolatería.