Discover Madrid in 5 days

Capital of Spain and commonly known as Villa y Corte, Madrid is the largest city in the country and the second in the European Union, with a population of more than 3 millions of inhabitants. As capital of Spain, Madrid has the seat of the Government, the Cortes and is also the official residence of the Kings of Spain. On the economic plane, Madrid houses the headquarters of a large part of the national and international companies. In the cultural, Madrid has world-famous museums such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum.

  1. Sun Gate
    Address: Puerta del Sol Square, Madrid
  2. Main Square
    Address: Main Square, 28012 Madrid
  3. Almudena Cathedral
    Address: Bailén street, 10, 28013 Madrid
    Visiting hours and masses
  4. Madrid's royal palace
    Address: Bailén street, s/n, 28071 Madrid (It is accessed by the Almudena esplanade, except groups that enter from Requena street)
    Visiting hours and prices
    Contact: info@patrimonionacional.es

The first day we will dedicate you to discover the most central part of Madrid and the most important of the west side of its periphery. We establish as a starting point the emblematic Sun Gate (1) and we will make a detour to visit three icons of importance: the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (star monument symbolizing the Madrid community), the great postal clock (famous for New Years Eve chimes) and the kilometer 0, junction point between national highways.

After, We will begin to move to the west by Calle Mayor, where it is obligatory to make a stop in the square to which it is named, the Main Square (2). There are still vestiges of what was the old suburb, that can be seen and used to go shopping in the area.

We will continue walking along Calle Mayor until we reach the point where it converges with Calle Bailén. The first thing we will see will be the Almudena Cathedral (3), where we will enter to know a little more about its history.

When we get out, we will continue down Bailén street, to get to Madrid's royal palace (4), located a few steps from our location. But before, we will take a detour through Requena street so as not to miss the wonderful façade of the Royal Theater. We will retrace our steps and spend the rest of the time discovering the old Spanish Royal House.

  1. Spain Square
    Address: Spain Square, 28008 Madrid
  2. Temple of Debod
    Address: Ferraz Street, 1, 28008 Madrid
    Schedule: From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  3. Mountain Park
    Address: Prof Street. Martin Almagro Basch

On the second day we will conclude our visit to the west of Madrid and we will establish the Royal Palace as a meeting place, the last place we met the day before. We will continue traveling north of Bailén Street until we find Spain Square (1), a space full of gardens and skyscrapers that surround it. On our ride, we will find the gigantic statue of Cervantes located in front of the figures of its most emblematic characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

After, We will visit the Egyptian treasure of Temple of Debod (2), located a few meters from the square. If you still don't know his story, this is your chance! By last, so that our visit of the day is totally natural, we will take a walk through Mountain Park (3), a small path that the young and old will enjoy.

  1. Gran Via
    Address: Gran Vía Street, s/n, 28013
  2. Plaza de Cibeles
    Address: Plaza de Cibeles, s/n, Madrid
  3. National Archaeological Museum of Madrid
    Address: Serrano Street, 13, 28001 Madrid
    Ticket hours and security measures

The route of this day will be to move from the west to the east of the center of Madrid. For this we will go through all the Gran Vía (1), from Plaza España to Calle Alcalá. Its long avenue full of life, of shops and skyscrapers somewhat reminiscent of American streets, in which visitors can choose to get lost among shop windows and admire the Palacio de la Prensa on their way.

Once Gran Vía converges with Calle Alcalá, we will run into the famous fountain of the goddess Cibeles (2), sitting in his carriage drawn by lions, in addition to the facades of the Bank of Spain and the Palaces of Linares and Buenavista that surround it.

By last, We will drive north along Recoletos street and spend the rest of the day visiting the National Archaeological Museum (3), where it collects exquisite pieces of our international history.

  1. Alcala Gate
    Address: Independence Square, s/n, 28001 Madrid
  2. Retirement park
    Address: Independence Square, 7, 28014
    Schedule: In April – September, 06:00h – 0:00 h and in the October season – March, 06:00h – 22:00h.

This day we will start the route again from the Fuente de Cibeles and we will continue along Calle Alcalá until we reach the Retiro neighborhood. The first thing we will perceive will be the imposing Alcala Gate (1), one of the quintessential entrances to the city, located in the entire center of a spectacular roundabout.

We will surround it and pass through the gates that welcome the Retirement park (2). We will spend a pleasant time among vegetation and tranquility, surrounded by internal treasures that we can visit, like the Crystal Palace, the Fountain of the Fallen Angel and many more.

  1. Art Walk
    – National Prado Museum
    Address: Ruiz de Alarcón Street, 23, 28014 Madrid
    Check schedules, tickets and preventive measures
    Phone: 917 94 84 12- Thyssen Museum
    Address: Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid
    Check schedules, tickets and preventive measures
    Phone: 917 91 13 70
    – Reina Sofia Museum
    Address: Santa Isabel Street, 52, 28012 Madrid
    Check schedules, tickets and preventive measures
    Phone: 917 74 10 00
  2. Paseo del Prado
    Address: Paseo del Prado, Madrid
  3. Royal Botanical Garden
    Address: Murillo Square, 2, 28014 Madrid

The last day we will leave it to finish discovering the eastern area of ​​the center of Madrid, where we recommend taking the route of Art Walk (1), which consists of visiting the three most important museums in the Retro neighborhood: the Prado National Museum, the Thyssen and the Reina Sofía Museum.

After the intensive artistic day, we will have a quiet walk through the Paseo del Prado (2) and the Royal Botanical Garden (3), where we will enjoy the full nature and the views of the city from the Retiro. A beautiful picture to say goodbye to a great trip.