If you visit us for a whole week. We suggest a plan. Enjoy!
9:00 a.m-11:30 a.m. Wake up your sense with a tasty breakfast at Café de Oriente. From its terrace or balconies you can see the Royal Palace and the gardens full of flowers and the old Kings statues. After that, visit the inside the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral and its crypt. Every Wednesday in Autumn, Spring and Winter at 11:00 a.m. you can see the change of the Royal Guard at the Prince Door (Puerta del Príncipe, Bailén Street).
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dive inside the Madrid of the Habsburgs. When you get the Plaza Mayor, have a break drinking a caña (little beer) and eating a calamar sandwich (bocadillo de calamares). Go ahead and get the Puerta del Sol. Take a photo at the monument, a symbol of the capital. Make the most of it and buy a traditional fan in a souvenirs shop in the centre.
12.30 a.m.-05:00 p.m. Walk until you get the Art Walk (Paseo del Arte) but first have a look to the Chamber of Deputies (Congreso de los Diputados) and look ahead and see how it appears the Jeronimo’s Church. In Plaza de Neptuno don’t forget to look around you: you will see the Prado Museum, Thyssen Museum, Ritz Hotel, hotel Palace and the Stock Building. Have a brunch at the Ritz or Palace Hotels in one of the best options.
Visiting one of these museums it’s a must when you are in Madrid. On Mondays the Prado and Thyssen museums are closed but you can walk down the Paseo del Prado and visit the Reina Sofía Museum, where you can admire ‘The Guernica’, one of the most important Picasso’s works.
05:00-09:00 p.m. It’s time to have a walk until we get the Cibeles Fountain at Cibeles Square (Plaza de Cibeles), turned into a city symbol. After that you can go to do some shopping in calle Almirante, Prim or Barquillo streets, where some of the best Spanish and modern designers have their studios. Perhaps you prefer to go to Velázquez or Serrano streets, where you will find some of the most exclusive shops.
09.00 p.m.-0:00 a.m. Dinners time! You can go to Santa Ana Square (Plaza de Santa Ana) and sit in a terrace to taste some tapas and a glass of wine from Madrid. After that, you are ready to have fun in the madrileña night. Near this square it’s located the Huertas Street, an area full of bars and discos in order you get the most of Madrid.
9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. Knowing some of the most famous Spanish painters such as Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Murillo at the Prado Museum. You are in one of the most important art galleries in the world with more than 1.300 paintings from the best masters in this genre. Don’t miss the entlargement of the museum in the Jeronimo’s Church’s cloister carried out by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
12:00 p.m.-01:00 p.m. Alter that, the Retiro Park, waits for you, one of the principals places for the enjoyment of Spaniards and visitors. A real ‘green lung’ in the city.
01:00 p.m.-05:00 p.m. Walk along the Alcalá Street, one of the shopping areas in Madrid, until you get Las Ventas Bullring (Plaza de Toros de las Ventas). This bullfighting place, inaugurated in 1931, is one of the most important bullrings in the world. In May it’s celebrated the San Isidro’s Bullfighting Fair, the most important during the year. Taste a real bullfighting speciality such as the rabo de toro estofado (stewed oxtail) in Los Galayos or Casa Pedro restaurants.
05:00 p.m.-09:00 p.m. Take the Madrid Vision Bus and get the Goya Street, in the heart of Salamanca’s neighbourhood, to enjoy a shopping afternoon. Have a rest in Columbus Square (Plaza de Colón) having a coffee and take some photos in the Descubrimiento Gardens and the National Library. In the middle of the square you will see the Columbus statue.
09.00 p.m.-0.00 p.m. In the surrounding area it’s located Alonso Martínez neighbourhood, an ideal zone to have dinner in a trendy bristrobar like Lecabrera and after that drink a mojito in a terrace or in a bar. The music doesn’t stop until 03:00 a.m...
9.00 a.m.-09.00 p.m. Today it’s time for an excursion. The Community of Madrid has beautiful places to visit. We have selected some towns that you must not miss while you are visiting the region.
Near Guadarrama Mountains we find San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a town that joins nature and history. Don’t miss the wonderful Monastery and its Basilica.
Walk through its streets and you will feel like an old king. Its gastronomy is also very recommendable. Not very far away from here we find the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos), a monumental memorial conceived by the dictator Francisco Franco like a place to bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. Here it is too Franco’s tomb. Another option is to take a train and go to Alcalá de Henares, a city full of history and tradition and besides it was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO. Here you must visit the University and the Cervantes’ Birthplace and Museum. Miguel de Cervantes is one of the best Spanish writers in our literature. He is the author of a lot of novels.
You can also go to Aranjuez to visit its exceptional Royal Palace and its Gardens or you can travel to Chinchón, a town that has a picturesque and singular Plaza Mayor (Main Square). Did you know that in Buitrago de Lozoya there is an interesting Picasso’s collection? This town has also a walled castle from the XI century. All these towns are few kilometres away from Madrid. We can go by train or by car and it will take us less than an hour.
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Visit another art gallery at the Art Walk: Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. A real tour from the Reinassance to the Pop Art. A walk through centuries of culture.
12:00 p.m.-02:00 p.m. You can take the Madrid Vision Bus and get off in Chueca neighbourhood, where the gay community is located. Every year gays all over the world come to Madrid to visit us and to participate in the Gay Pride Parade. In Chueca you will find gay-friendly bars, hotels, restaurants, shops and so on… however this is not only for gays, every body is welcome!.
02:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m Around the Chueca Square or Vázquez de Mella Square you will find a rich and varied gastronomy: from the traditional restaurants to the coolest ones. Chueca it’s like this!! Buy the most avant-garde fashion and try to sit inside a New Yorker local. Madrid is an opened mind city and here you are going to prove it.
04:00 p.m. 06:00 p.m. After lunch, you can have a coffee or a drink at the roof of the Room Mate Óscar Hotel. Take some photos from this terrace to the buildings in the Gran Vía, like the Telefónica Building! Or just have a rest on the mattress that there are all over the terrace.
06:00 p.m. -09:00 p.m. Not far away from here it’s located the Fuencarral Street, a pedestrian walk where you will find fashion and new trendy shops. Dare it!!! Then, you can walk until you get into Malasaña neighbourhood.
09:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. In this area there is a never ending offer of places in which you can have a drink, a beer or a tapa. You can have dinner in a modern restaurant or if you prefer in a classical one. In Dos de Mayo Square or Comendadoras Square there are tasty locals to enjoy the madrileña gastronomy. Around here it was where the so-called Movida madrileña was born, one if the most heaviest cultural movements during the 80ies and that still nowadays you can breath it in places like La Vía Láctea or El Penta.
09:00 – 10:00 a.m. We propose you nature and fun at the Casa de Campo. The most ecologic way of arriving here it’s by cable car, that is close to the España Square. During the travel you can see some of the capital’s emblematic symbols, from the Oeste Park till the Telefonica’s building, passing by La Rosaleda (Rose Garden) or the Saint Antonio de la Florida’s Church.
10:00 a.m. – 03:00 p.m. In the Casa de Campo you can rent a boat and you can row in the lake, or you can drink something in a terrace, while you observe the local vegetation and fauna, or you can taste some delicious Spanish and madrileños dishes at the Currito, A Casiña or La Casa de Burgos, in the Gastronomy Walk.
If you are with your children, they will be very happy if you take them to the Zoo, located in the Casa Campo. Species that come from all the continents and two pandas called: Bing Xing (Ice Star) and Hua Zui Ba (Coloured mouth) will give the welcome to the kids. And you can go to the Funfair that is near the Zoo, to get the adrenalin going. Sunset. There isn’t any doubt about our suggestions of seeing the sunset: you must go to the Debod’s Temple. It is an Egyptian temple, situated in the Oeste Park and you can observe there, one of the most suggestive capital’s sunsets.
09:00 p.m. -0:00 a.m. Near the Debod’s Temple it’s located the España Square, presided by Cervantes and “the partner in crime in all their adventures”, Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. Going ahead the Princesa street you’ll see some stairs, they lead to the Conde Duque area, where you can choose among a long variety of terraces, bars and restaurants to tapear and to spend the night.
09:00 – 11:00 a.m. Our plan is to visit the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. You can visit the changing room of the Real Madrid’s players, the football pitch, the vip zone and the tribune, during a guided visit... a real luxury for a supporter! .
11:00 – 02:00 p.m. From here, you can go to the most modern area of Madrid and you can see the new Four Towers, some skyscrapers built by famous architects, like Norman Foster, among others. There you can eat at the Eurostars Madrid Tower, con una espectaculares vistas panorámicas.
02:00 – 05:00 p.m. In the afternoon you can walk around Salamanca neighbourhood and its prestigious boutiques.
05:00- 09:00 p.m. In this area you can have a dinner, the best interpretations of the local gastronomy are waiting for you.
09:00 p.m. -00:00 a.m. . Live music or dance till the early morning? In Salamanca there are all kind of clubs, bars and discotheques to finish the night or to say hello to a new day…
09:00 – 12:00 a.m. You are fast a madrileño, so you should go to The Rastro and drink some cañas at La Latina, because it is an usual habit that the madrileños make every Sunday of the year in Madrid. This antique, second hand or leather product street market is an institution in the capital, so, you have to go there to breathe Madrid.
12.00 – 05:00 p.m. And you have to eat a tosta in the Capricho in order of tasting Madrid. You can spend the afternoon drinking a beer around La Latina area, while you see the most historical Madrid.
05:00 – 09:00 p.m. You should walk around Gran Vía and its shops to complete the travel like it is properly. If you look toward the sky you can contemplate the historical buildings of this street that live together with cinemas, theatres, bars and shops.
09:00 p.m -0:00 a.m. Now choose a theatrical genre with which you can finish the day and you will have a plan for the night. Then an informal dinner in a Bistrotapas and a tour around the renovate Triball area, the moment of leaving Madrid has come… don’t worry this means only a “see you later”.