There are some cities all over the world that they will encourage you to stay and live there, at least for a while. And that’s what happens with Madrid.
Three days in the capital is enough time to make the most of the city. Of course, on the Internet you will be able to find ample information about what to do in Madrid, with historical and gastronomic reviews. But in this blog I’m going to talk about the essential visits of the city, so you can start loving it little by little.
Day 1. Starting with Sol
If we’re gonna be tourists, let’s do it right. Therefore, we will have to start our visit in the city centre and go to the most visited place of the capital: Puerta del Sol. Stepping on the Zero Kilometer and taking a picture with the bear and the strawberry tree is essential! You can then move to the Plaza de la Villa of Madrid and the Plaza Mayor. Don’t forget to cross the Arco de los Cuchilleros and visit some of the typical Madrid restaurants!
The Calle Mayor will take you to the Almudena Cathedral, and just in front of it you will have the impressive Royal Palace. If you have time, it is worth to visit it from the inside and get to know its art collections. The tour continues through the temple of Debod, a gift from Egypt for Spain built in 1968. And from there, you can go to Plaza de España, the starting point of Madrid’s famous Gran Vía.
The Gran Vía is a very popular place full of leisure offers. But if you prefer to go for a drink to a more traditional place, you can go to Chueca, the gay neighbourhood by excellence. There you will find taverns and bars for all tastes!
Day 2. The Prado, the Retiro and the Cibeles
To start the day, you can go to the Carrera de San Jerónimo to see the Congress of the Deputies and then walk down to the Plaza Neptuno. From there you can access the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Art Centre; two important galleries of international renown, and a must-see for art lovers. The visit to these museums can last several hours, therefore it is important to select the pieces you wish to see before visiting them.
Near the Prado is the Retiro Park with its impressive Crystal Palace. At one end is the Puerta de Alcalá, and very close to it is the famous Cibeles.
Day 3. The neighborhoods
The daily life of Madrid is experienced in its neighborhoods: Lavapiés, La Latina, Malasaña…. are all places to discover! Those who prefer a more luxurious atmosphere, they can go to the elegant neighborhood of Salamanca and visit the streets of Alcalá, Serrano, Goya or the Paseo de la Castellana.