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Let’s put ourselves in the situation! What to see in Madrid in a short time?

Surely at some point you may have had to spend a few hours in Madrid, either because you stop in the city before continuing a long trip, because you are attending a business meeting, a medical appointment …

Or simply, you’ve found a very cheap airline ticket on the internet and couldn’t resist the temptation to buy it motivated by the idea of making a short getaway to the vibrant capital of Spain.

Now that we have our flight reservation, we are confronted with the following doubt:

What can I see in Madrid if I have only a few hours to complete my visit?

Don’t worry, in order to help you plan your trip, in today’s post we will provide you with a list:

6 things to see in Madrid in a short time. 

We will name the places we think you should visit during your first experience in the city.

Take note that time flies!😀🛫

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An authentic neuralgic centre of the city, this square is characterized by its majestic and colourful buildings that surround it.

In it we can find, besides the statue of Felipe III on a horseback, numerous restaurants and cafeterias where we can sample a very typical dish and ” quickly prepared ” in the capital… The famous Bocata de Calamares!

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Considered as the main thoroughfare of Madrid, the Gran Via brings together all the clichés of the city: Shops of all kinds, national and international food restaurants, theatres, cinemas… and lots of people walking around it at all hours.

It’s the perfect place to purchase your coveted souvenir!

Traveler Tip If you don’t want to waste many hours on the Gran Vía, but you want to go shopping, make a list before travelling of the shops that are located in the area. This way you will be able to go directly to those that interest you the most.

You’ll save time… and money😏

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Now that we have already savoured a sandwich of squid and bought our souvenir, it is time to follow our route to reach one of the most beautiful enclaves of the city: The place that houses, a short distance from each other, the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Madrid.

These two buildings of great historical relevance are essential in your visit.

  • The Almudena Cathedral is a beautiful Baroque Catholic sanctuary that impresses both on the inside and outside.
  • The Royal Palace of Madrid, which dates back to the eighth century, has guided tours in its gardens and rooms. If you don’t have time to go inside the building, don’t worry, at least come and see its beautiful façade.

You already have an excuse to go back to Madrid… To visit the Royal Palace!😍

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This wonderful historical garden dates back to the 19th century and is ideal to be switched off for a few moments from the hustle and bustle of Madrid’s streets.

A walk through the whole area will take you hours so we would recommend, for a shorter visit, to get closer to:

  • The Crystal Palace: A fantastic and symbolic structure located in a charming environment.
  • The Retirement Pond: You will be able to take a brief and entertaining boat ride (both rowing and solar powered).

Traveller Tip: The schedule for sailing the lake by rowing boat is generally from Monday to Sunday from from 10 am to 5:30 pm/8:30 pm depending on the time of year. The tour usually lasts approximately 45 minutes.

For the solar boat, the tour is approximately 15 minutes and is generally available from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm/4 pm depending on the calendar month.

  Remember these times when planning your route through Madrid!

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Right next to Gran Vía is the Chueca Neighbourhood, a fashionable area where alternative clothes and themed cafés will certainly impress you.

The rest of the neighborhoods mentioned above can be reached quickly by subway. In your itinerary through some of the most emblematic streets of Madrid, you will find different art galleries located in a cosmopolitan and very “cool” atmosphere.

Traveller Tip:For shopping lovers, in Lavapiés, on Sunday mornings there is a crowded and well-known flea market. Don’t miss it!

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Now that we have mentioned art, if you have more time, don’t miss the Prado Museum.

Totally recommendable, this cultural space houses unique art collections of world-renowned fame by such well-known artists as Goya, Velázquez and El Greco.

Strolling through its exhibition halls where paintings dating back to the 12th to 19th centuries hang is a sight to behold.

Traveller Tip: It is advisable to travel calmly through all the rooms of the museum, but if you have only a few hours to visit, we would recommend that you obtain prior information about the works that will appeal most to you so that you can go directly to the rooms where they are located.

Some examples of eye-catching paintings are: Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, El caballero de la mano en el pecho by El Greco or El Jardín de las delicias en el Bosco.

Other great museums you can visit are the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre Museum.

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If your stay is somewhat longer, add the following places to your list of places that are worth a brief visit:

What do you think about our express tour of Madrid! 

If you manage your hours well, you will be able to visit the places of greatest tourist interest in the capital.

But remember to reserve some time for one of the most popular activities in the area: GOING DE TAPEO!😋🍽️

Don’t forget that, as travel experts, we can help you organize your trip and book all services at the best price. Contact us and we will look for the most attractive offers for your flights, hotels and transportation.

You will be spending less on your holidays so… Give yourself a treat and get ready to get to know Madrid!