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Madrid trip in 2 days

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Estimated average budget per person: 320€

(hotels, meals, activities and local transportation includedd)  

2 day City break - Madrid trip helps you in your travel planning with ideas and recommendations. We do not sell travel, we simply provide the best recommendations.

Enjoy a Madrid trip in a 2 fantastic days. Excellent airport connections to most countries make it easy to enjoy a break in Madrid. 
You will find recommendations to extend your stay and also to adapt it to your budget and travel style

Vacation itinerary trip plan and budget in a nutshell

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Our budgets are based on average costs if you enjoy the different activities mentioned. Please bear in mind that prices vary from month to month, or also in case of special events at the city. 

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Budget estimation
175 per person
  • Check-in at hotel
  • El Retiro Park
  • Light tapas meal
  • Goya & Serrano
  • El Prado Museum
  • Flamenco and dinner


Budget estimation
155 per person
  • Gran Via and Sol
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Tapas meal at Mercado San Miguel
  • Royal Palace
  • Debod Temple
  • Fine dining or tapas in Plaza Santa Ana


Hotel options during your stay in Madrid


Estimated walking time

1,5 hours – 2,5 hours

On day 1 in Madrid we propose you to enjoy an oasis of greenery, tapas and culture.  The Retiro park was built as a preserve for kings but since 1868 it was opened to the public and it is one of our favorite places in Madrid. Another highlight of the day is the spectacular Palacio de Comunicaciones (today the town hall) Out of the 3 art-galleries in Paseo del Prado we have opted for el PRado, but Reina Sofia or the Thyseen museum may be more suited to your taste… or you may prefer to enjoy the wax museum, or the naval museum or the bonatical gardens near the Retiro park (all 3 perfectly located within this itienrary too) 

Madrid Day 1 - Recommended itinerary

The itinerary for the day

Insider´s hints

Atocha train station

Take one of the earliest trains from Barcelona to enjoy the day in Madrid. The main area at Atocha station is a fantastic example of civil architecture with an iron and glass structure and tropical garden inside. 

El Retiro Park

Do not miss the Palacio de Cristal, the Retiro´s most beautiful monument. We recommend to start your walk from the entrance closest to the Prado museum. The Retiro is one of the few places in the world with a statue dedicated to the Fallen Angel (Lucifer). Your visit should include a stop at one of the terraces near the lake or the Paseo de Carruajes. We recommend to leave the Retiro from Puerta de Alcala, Madrid´s most famous Gate.

Tapas like a Madrileño  If you would like to enjoy tapas like Madriñeos do we recommend you exist the Retiro in Avenida Menendez Pelayo and get to streets Doctor Castelo and Menorca where many bars await you.  You can continue your itinerary in Goya and Serrano streets. These streets are one of Madrid´s main shopping districts. Serrano is home to some of the most exclusive shops in town. If you opt to walk from El Retiro straight to Plaza de Colón you will also find many bars and restaurants with tapas menu. 

Near Plaza de Colón If you are fond of chocolate you will find one of Madrid´s best shops near Colon (Cacao Sampaka) behind the romantic park of Plaza de la Villa de Paris.  Plaza de Santa Barbara is very close too, a local´s favorite for cañas ((the way locals refer to beer)

Recoletos and Cibeles. Cafe Gijón is one of Madrid´s most famous coffee-shops with lots of history.

At Cibeles (the square where real Madrid fans celebrate when the team wins a championship) you may decide to visit the City Hall. Views from the upper terrace are fantastic. 



Estimated walking time

1 hour – 3 hours

On day 2 you will enjoy the Madrid where the Royal power seated. But you will also enjoy fantastic Plazas!  The itinerary will take you first through Gran Via and Puerta del Sol, 2 of Madrid´s most reknown areas. Sol is meant to be Spain´s 0 kilometer. Plaza Mayor follows., one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain. We recommend to enjoy tapas in Mercado San Miguel and then head to the 3rd beautiful Plaza of the Day: Plaza de la Villa, which offers a deep contrast to the Plaza de Oriente which overlooks both the royal palace and the opera house. Our itinerary ends in Templo de Debod, where you will enjoy the best views of the city!

Insider´s hints

Gran Via and Sol

We recommend to start the itinerary drinking a coffee at one of the best terraces in Madrid (Hotel Principal or, on the other side of street, Círculo de bellas Artes). Do not miss the Metropolis and the Telefonica building (once the highest building in Madrid). 

The clock in Sol hosts every New year´s eve the count-down for the start of the New year. 

Plaza de Oriente

If you would appreciate to try a good paella or high quality cocido you will find 2 good options near the Opera House (El pato mudo for paella and La Bola for Cocido) 

La Almudena Cathedral and San Francisco el Grande

From San Miguel market you may decide to get to the Royal Palace through the Latina area instead of calle Mayor and Plaza de la Villa.. You will find some of Madrid best bars in Cava Baja and Cava Alta (and also Lucio restaurant).  If you enjoy a bit of atmosphere we recommend you to stop at the terrace of el Viajero. At the end of this “tapas detour” you will find la Basilica de San Francisco el Grande, which holds Madrid´s largest dome. From there you can continue to the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. 





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