Thanks to its varied cultural and gastronomic offer, Madrid is currently one of the most visited cities in the world.
Every year, thousands of tourists travel to the capital of Spain. The masses are attracted by Madrid’s history, tradition and its extensive leisure offer.
This vibrant metropolis is a benchmark of avant-garde and modernity. The new trends blend perfectly with the most ancient customs, allowing travellers to enjoy a complete travel experience.
Madrid is alive as ever, and in today’s post, we are going to look at 7 things to see in Madrid in a day so that you can get the most out of a short but intense 24-hour getaway.
There are many things you can do from savouring delicious tapas in a centenary market, to sailing in a small boat in one of the most beautiful parks in Europe.
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What to see in a day in Madrid.
Below, we detail 7 essential plans that will answer the question we often ask when we first arrive in this great city:
What can I do today in Madrid ? 🤗
If you only have one day, do not worry, these 7 activities will make you take the pulse of this cosmopolitan city in a brief but fruitful time.
Remember that the fastest way to get from one place to another is Take the subway. The metro network has several stops near the main tourist points.
Similarly, for those who love hiking, we have designed a comfortable walking tour with a certain order in the visits so you can get the most out of your stay.
Traveler Tip: The best thing to do is to stay near the center. You can access public transport and the most important places to visit easier.
KNOW THE MADRID OF THE AUSTRIAS VISITING THE PLAZA MAYOR.
In the old heart of the city is the Plaza Mayor , a beautiful space in whose center we can find a beautiful statue of King Felipe III on horseback.
Its beautiful and colorful buildings house, in its lower part, many cafes and restaurants ideal for the most energetic typical Madrid breakfast of all: A chocolate cup accompanied by crispy churros! ☕
Traveler Tip: In the afternoon you can return for a snack or dinner a great sandwich of squid , the most requested dish of the posts in this square.
NAVIGATE IN A BOAT OF ROWS BY THE PARK OF THE RETIREMENT.
Start the morning exercising while you know the lung of the City: El Parque del Retiro . This historic garden of the 19th century has a pond where you can rent a small rowboat for 45 minutes for a nice walk.
This economic activity can be done from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 in the morning until 17: 30/20: 30 depending on the time of year.
There is also the possibility of reserving a small round of about 15 minutes on a solar boat, which as its name suggests, is powered by the energy from the sun .(From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m./16:00 p.m.)
Do not forget to visit the Palacio del Cristal , one of the most beautiful and emblematic buildings of the park.
To reach this natural paradise we will walk approximately 20 minutes from the Playa Mayor.
VISIT THE MOST IMPORTANT ART COLLECTIONS AT THE PRADO MUSEUM.
About 9 minutes walk from the Retiro Park pond, The Prado Museum ( one of the most important in the world) offers paintings ranging from the twelfth to the nineteenth century of painters as relevant as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco among others .
It is worthwhile to reserve some time to admire such renowned works as Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas , El jardín de los delicias del Bosco, or El caballero de el mano on El Greco’s chest .
The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Sundays and holidays until 7:00 p.m.). Check the modification of schedules for holidays on your website.
Traveler tip; If you want to visit the museum in the afternoon, do not forget that, from Monday to Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Sundays and holidays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the ENTRANCE IS FREE.
HAVE FUN KNOWING THE FASHION OF THE CITY.
Puedes acertarte a Lavapiés, Usera, Malasaña, La Latina, Chamberí o Chueca.
You can go to Lavapiés, Usera, Malasaña, La Latina, Chamberí or Chueca.
In them you can visit many shops, art galleries and cozy coffee shops.
For proximity to the Prado Museum we recommend Lavapiés (famous for being the location a huge trail that is held on Sunday mornings) or Chueca , both about 17 minutes walking from the Museum.
If you take the subway, you can reach the rest of the neighborhoods comfortably and in a few minutes.
ENJOY THE TRADITIONAL “TAPAS” IN THE MARKET OF SAN MIGUEL.
Touch rest and regain strength. For lunch, nothing better than tasting some delicious tapas (aperitif accompanied by drink) in one of the oldest and most beautiful markets of Madrid: The Mercado de San Miguel.
Open all week from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 01:00) is the perfect place to try the most famous specialties of the city, such as:
- The Omelet of Potatoes.
- White potatoes.
- The redfish.
We also find different food stalls that offer typical dishes of Madrid cuisine such as cocido, fried eggs and tripe.
Just 18 minutes walking from Chueca or Lavapiés, it is a perfect place to stop along the way before continuing to cross off places from our list of things to do in Madrid in one day .
WALK IN THE AFTERNOON THE AREA WHERE THE CATHEDRAL OF LA ALMUDENA AND THE PALACIO REAL DE MADRID ARE LOCATED.
The first of the buildings in a majestic baroque Catholic sanctuary. Inside we can admire a Roman crypt and a museum.
The palace dates back to the SVIII century and has guided routes to its gardens and estancias.
Two impressive and striking constructions that will help us to know something more about the glorious past of the city.
Check the web pages of both sites to confirm the opening and closing times.
LIVE THE INCREDIBLE NIGHT MADRILEÑA IN THE GREAT ROAD.
Finally, you can not leave this sparkling metropolis without visiting the street that is considered to be the neuralgic center of shopping and entertainment par excellence: La Gran Vía. (Around 11 minutes to order from the Royal Palace of Madrid)
End the day strolling along an avenue full of restaurants and clothing stores in the center of the city.
The most photographed street in Madrid has a wide range of shows in theaters and cinemas.
We can, for example, attend the highest grossing theatrical performance in history “The Lion King”.
Traveler Tip: If you want to attend this musical, book tickets online well in advance as they are easily sold out.
What is 24 hours for a lot in Madrid? 😊
We finish our list of “what to see in a day in Madrid”, hoping to have been encouraged to know a fascinating place that surely will not disappoint you.
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Have fun like never before and disconnect from the routine in a megacity that will steal your heart as soon as you arrive.
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