A few tips to spend and survive to a full day in Madrid
If you suddenly happen to find yourself with a whole brand new day ahead to spend in Madrid there are some places you should not miss, by any means. We have shortlisted for you the top ones so that you can make the most out of your Madrid day!!
Wake up call: as early as possible, not later than 8.00 so that after a reasonably heavy breakfast with calories for all day, you are ready to explore the city.
You can start your round of ancient Madrid, by visiting The Palacio Real, Madrid’s largest building and possibly one of the most beautiful ones. Located next to the equally beautiful Plaza de Oriente square, it was designed to accommodate the court of Felipe V. The palace gardens, called the Campo del Moro, are also worth visiting.
Next and not far from where you are you can pop in to see The Congreso de los Diputados, the seat of the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, in the building called Palacio de las Cortes de España.
If you enjoy seeing paintings, you should not leave Madrid without seeing 2 of the most attractive museums in Madrid: The Reina Sofia, Picasso’s ‘Woman in Blue’ and Guernica paintings are just 2 of the highlights, and The Thyssen-Bornemisza. Some say this is the world’s best private art collection, now managed by the Spanish state.
AFTERNOON – EVENING
You would not have seen Madrid without stopping by Plaza Mayor. Marvellous enclosed square, perfect to sit outside and people watch. Once there you can have a “caña”, with its corresponding tapa (for free), in “El Cuchi”, a really genuine place.
To wrap up the day, you can always have dinner in the Cuevas de Luis Candelas, close to the pedestrian Plaza Mayor area, where you can taste the actual Spanish culture while enjoying some traditional Madrid food, in a very nice atmosphere. The name of the place was taken from the most famous XIV Century bandit.
NIGHT TIME UP TO….
If you are still up and fancy a late drink, such a cocktail or a gin tonic, stop by “El Viajero“, a three floor building. The third floor is a large, trendy tarrece from where an impresive sight of the “old Madrid” can be seen.
SUNDAY IN MADRID
If your free day happens to be on a sunny Sunday, you should walk around the Park “El Retiro” with lots of things going on, and stop at the “El Rastro” market where you could find just about anything to buy.