Discover Madrid in 48 hours

By | 22 March, 2019 | 0 comments

Even though it’s difficult to truly get to know Madrid in only 48 hours, we’ve put together a quick guide that will allow you to visit the most important monuments in the Spanish capital. Rest assured: during these two days you will have plenty of time to taste Madrid’s cuisine, go shopping and visit museums.

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Begin at Plaza Cibeles and the Cybele Palace, where you can climb up to the terrace and see one of the best views of the capital. From there, continue to Gran Vía, Callao and Puerta del Sol, where the New Year’s Eve bells are rung. A must-see site is the Plaza Mayor, the epicentre of Madrid in the times of the Habsburgs. Here you’re just a couple of minutes away from Plaza de la Villa, home to the old City Hall; and from Plaza de Oriente, where you can see two of Madrid’s most iconic buildings: the Royal Theatre and the Royal Palace.

If you continue along Gran Vía you’ll reach Plaza de España, a few minutes from which, in the Cuartel de la Montaña Park, is one of the city’s best hidden treasures: the Temple of Debod, an Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century BC. Another essential stop is the Retiro Park. Exiting through one of its gates you’ll see the famous Puerta de Alcalá.

If you’re an art enthusiast, remember that the Spanish capital is home to three of the most prestigious art galleries in the world: El Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía National Art Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. You can visit the first two for free: Access to El Prado is free on Monday to Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00, as well as on Sundays and national holidays from 17:00 to 19:00; whereas the Reina Sofía is free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:00, and on Sundays from 13:30 to 19:00.

End your exploration of Madrid’s most important monuments with a visit to Plaza de Colón, and the nearby, famous Serrano, Velázquez and Goya streets, where you will have the chance to enjoy some shopping. From there, continue up La Castellana all the way to the Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, a stop dedicated to sports lovers.

If you want to try the best food the city has to offer, you must visit the districts of La Latina, Malasaña or Barrio de las Letras. There you will find examples of all the city’s most typical dishes, including stew and tripe.

These are bound to be two days of non-stop action during which you will get to know one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Are you ready?

Categories: Madrid Compras, Madrid Cultura, Madrid Gastronomía, Madrid Turismo

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