There’s no place or plan in Madrid that goes unnoticed; that’s why we want to give you some tips for your first visit. If you don’t want to think to much, we have a proposal for you. Take a look at this route to visit Madrid in one day.
Plan your visit by area or neighborhood.
Madrid is quite big compared to other European capitals. In it converge different styles and environments, the reasons why the possibilities to enjoy this city are endless. Take a look at the post on getting to know Madrid through its most famous neighborhoods where we tell you about the essentials you can’t miss in each neighborhood.
Have a Gastronomical Experience
Get lost in downtown and have an aperitif or specialty coffee in the La Latina neighborhood. This area has an awesome atmosphere and good places for drinks.
Enjoy a snack in the Las Letras neighborhood, or indulge yourself in gastronomic pleasures at one of the many restaurants in La Plaza Mayor. And if your thing is gourmet cuisine, you should visit Mercado San Miguel.
Another popular gastronomic spot is Ponzano Street, located in Chamber. Ibiza Street and its surroundings, with the highest concentration of typical bars and restaurants in Madrid, or doing afterwork in Azca (the financial district of Madrid).
And for some of the best upscale restaurants in the city, visit the Salamanca district.
Stroll by Retiro Park
You cannot visit Madrid without walking through the green lung of the city and its beautiful corners, the Retiro Park. Which is not only a park, but it is also an open-air museum.
In this park, you can run, skate, or simply walk along its extensive route. Beside, you can rent a boat on its beautiful lake or play soccer or tennis in the sports club.
If you want to discover other natural spaces where you can enjoy the outdoors in Madrid, then we recommend you check out our post second visit to Madrid.
Visit a Museum
An additional activity for Madrid is to visit at least one of the museums of the so-called “Art Triangle”: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
If you want to fully appreciate them, then you will need about half a day for each one. But if you don’t have much time, you can visit a single section, for example, the temporary exhibitions, or leave it for your second visit to Madrid, where you can also visit other museums in the city.
Enjoy a sunset at the Temple of Debod
One of the most visited places in Madrid is “Montaña del Príncipe Pío,” where the Temple of Debod is located. There you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and wonderful views, and you can also pass by the Almudena Cathedral and Royal Palace.
Live the Madrid night
Enjoy the evening at one of the shows that the city offers: a musical or a theater play in La Gran Vía, a concert, movies, or attending a flamenco tablao in the center.
The options are limitless: terraces, live music, flamenco tablaos, casinos, karaoke, electronic music, and much more—all kinds of activities you can find at night in Madrid.
Although Madrid has countless nightlife spots, the main ones are in the neighborhoods of Malasaña, Chueca, Las Letras, and Princesa.
Visit El Rastro, an Antiques Market in Madrid
Visit it on Sunday or during the holidays. Something you cannot miss is getting lost in the bustling shopping area of La Latina neighborhood and its open-air market known as “El Rastro,” where you can find almost everything.
Explore the surroundings of Madrid
One of our recommendations for exploring the surroundings of Madrid is to pay a visit to San Lorenzo del Escorial. In this municipality, you can see where the famous Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial stands, a symbol of the reign of Philip II.
If you are coming to Madrid for the first time, we recommend you take a look at these tips for your first time in Madrid.
Our accommodations in Madrid
We have apartments for months in Centro, but also apartments for months in Retiro and in a quieter and less touristic neighborhood, you can consider apartments for months in Salamanca district. For a short stay, we have apartments for days next to Calle Serrano and Paseo de la Castellana in the Escultor Building and accommodation according to your needs by category: a list of corporate apartments or a list of apartments for students.