What to do in Madrid in one day

09:00 – Only YOU Boutique Hotel

09:30 – Gran Via / Chueca

10:30 – Cafe de la Luz

11:00 – Plaza Mayor

12:30 – Taberna La Concha

14:00 – San Miguel Market

16:00 – Chocolateria San Gines

17:00 – Royal Palace / Oriente Square

18:30 – Debod Temple

19:30 – Meson Restaurante La Mi Venta

21:00 – Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco

22:30 – La Venencia

23:59 – Serrano 41

 

We mapped out your day trip in Madrid

Each highlight of your day trip is numbered, simply follow the guide

What you should absolutely know about Madrid

City highlights, food & drinks, expressions, weather, how to get there and how to get around

During your Madrid day trips, explore the area known as the Art Triangle and experience art from all over the world. Watch the sunset over the impressive Madrid skyline atop the terrace at Círculo de Bellas Artes. Relax at the Casa de Campo and watch the kayakers row past. Stop by a bar for a beer and enjoy people-watching. With one bar or restaurant for every 192 people, you won’t go hungry. Explore the natural world at the National Science Museum, see a musical at Teatro Lope de Vega, or spend the day relaxing at Plaza Mayor, indulging in an expensive cup of café con leche

Stop by the Royal Palace of Madrid and walk along the Gran Via for shopping and sights. The Paseo de la Castellana is a must-see attraction and it houses exclusive shops and hotels, and Spain’s most-visited stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu

Food in Madrid is a melting pot of food from all over Spain. Eat Cocido Madrileño, Madrid’s take on a traditional Spanish stew, and get your day started right with a large platter of Huevos Rotos for breakfast. Madrid also has excellent churros

“¡ Hola!” is “Hello” and “¡ Adios!” or “Hasta luego” means “Goodbye”. “Gracias” means “Thank you” and “Por favor” means “Please”. To say “Excuse me”, it is “¡ Perdon!” in Spanish and to ask someone if they speak English, ask “¿Habla inglés?”

Madrid summers are scorching and dry, with temperatures reaching upwards of 90 degrees. Fall is cooler, with highs in the upper 60s and winter sees temperatures fall to the low 40s. Spring has warm days, around 60 degrees, and cool nights

Taxis charge a flat rate of 30 Euros to go from the airport to the center of Madrid. Take the bus from Terminal 1, 2, or 3 for around 5 Euros or the subway from Terminal 2 or 4 for 5 Euros

Buses run 24 hours per day and are a cheap option for travelers. The metro or subway is also a great option. Getting a taxi is more expensive, but worth it if traveling at night

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