Are you planning your next getaway to Madrid? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated a 3-day itinerary to make the most of your time in the Spanish capital. Get ready to pack your bags and make some unforgettable memories.

Day 1: Explore the Heart of Madrid

Morning: Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor

Start your day at Madrid’s most famous and central square. It’s a great place to get your bearings and see the iconic “El Oso y El Madroño” statue. A short walk from Puerta del Sol, this grand square is perfect for a leisurely stroll. Enjoy the architecture and perhaps have a coffee at one of the cafes.

Lunch: Mercado de San Miguel

Close to the Plaza Mayor, this historic market where you can sample a wide variety of culinary delicacies including Spanish tapas, fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and delicious pastries. This is the ideal spot for travellers who want to take a taste at Spain’s rich culinary heritage.

Afternoon: Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral

After lunch, take a short walk and head over to the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in Europe. There, you can take a guided tour to learn about its history and see the stunning interiors. Right next to the Royal Palace is Almudena Cathedral. This cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture that seamlessly blends various styles, including neoclassical, neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque.

Evening: Gran Via and Dinner in Malasaña

Take a stroll along this street filled with shops, theaters and historic buildings. It’s a great place to take in the vibrant energy of Madrid and get lost in its retail offer. After this, head over to Malasaña for dinner. Here you will find a lively atmosphere as well as excellent restaurants where you can enjoy anything from traditional Spanish cuisine to trendy bars.

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Day 2: Art and Culture

Morning: Prado Museum

On your second day in Madrid, dive into the city’s rich artistic and cultural scene. Begin your morning with a visit to the world-renowned Prado Museum, home to a vast collection of masterpieces by artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco. In addition to its permanent collection, the Prado Museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures, and educational programs, providing visitors with opportunities to deepen their understanding and appreciation of art.

Lunch: Retiro Park

After the museum, spend a few hours at Prado Museum, take a walk in Madrid’s most famous park, Retiro Park. As you wander through the park’s lush greenery and admire its beautiful landscapes, you can also take an opportunity to have a relaxing picnic at the park. After that, don’t forget to visit the iconic Crystal Palace and the boating lake. 

Afternoon: Reina Sofia Museum

In the afternoon, continue with a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, a paradise for modern art enthusiasts. Discover iconic works such as Picasso’s “Guernica,” a powerful portrayal of the horrors of war, and delve into the surreal landscapes of Salvador Dalí and the vibrant compositions of Joan Miró. 

Evening: Dinner in Lavapiés

As the sun begins to set, venture into the multicultural neighborhood of Lavapiés, known for its vibrant street art and diverse food scene. Explore the winding streets lined with eclectic eateries offering a wide variety of cuisines. 

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Day 3: Day Trip

Brunch: Mercado de San Ildefonso

Kick off your day with a delicious brunch at Mercado de San Ildefonso in Malasaña. There you can explore the stalls offering a variety of international cuisines and local delicacies. This trendy market is a haven for food lovers, offering an array of stalls where you can enjoy a delightful mix of international cuisines and local delicacies.

Afternoon: Trip to Toledo

After your brunch, depart for Toledo, a picturesque medieval city that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There you can wander through the cobblestone streets, visit landmarks such as Toledo Cathedral, Alcázar and the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. 

Evening: Tapas and Flamenco in La Latina

Return to Madrid in the early evening and head to the vibrant La Latina neighborhood for a night of tapas hopping and flamenco. Sample a variety of delicious tapas at local bars and taverns, then experience the passion and energy of flamenco with a live performance at one of the neighborhood’s intimate venues.

Madrid offers a plethora of experiences for everyone. Whether you are looking to explore the history-filled streets or indulge in the culinary scene, Madrid never fails to inspire travelers. The city’s abundant cultural heritage, featuring globally renowned museums and historic landmarks, offers countless opportunities for exploration and adventure. And don’t forget to check out our cozy smart stays the next time you’re booking your adventure in Spain! Our accommodations provide the perfect blend of comfort and modern amenities.