You may have done a layover in Madrid many times without taking advantage of the situation and visiting the city. The capital offers so many options and possibilities that you may feel overwhelemd and decide to relax in a terrace having a drink. It is not a bad plan, specially because Madrid’s terraces and bars feature a fabulous ambiance. But just in case you fancy visiting the city, we have a challenge for you: discovering Madrid in one day. Indispensible plans and places to visit in 24 hours… Read and you will see.
A morning in El Retiro
Book a hotel near El Retiro or a hotel in the area of Las Letras and get lost in the Triangle of Art: Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen, Caixaforum… And conclude the morning lying down in El Retiro or walking along its paths. Visit the Palacio de Cristal (where you will always find interesting exhibitions), make a picnic or have a snack under the trees or in one of its terraces and take a deep breath.
You may also stop for eating at the El Trapo restaurant of the Iberostar Las Letras, one of the newest gastronomic spaces in Madrid led by the chef Paco Morales, and where to savour typical dishes from the capital elaborated with care and with the special touch of this master chef. It is located in one of the hotels in Gran Vía, near the Parliament building, which will allow you to discover the centre of Madrid during the afternoon.
Shopping and tapas
Booking a room in the centre of Madrid is the best option for you to enjoy two of the most popular activities in the city: making a shopping tour around Gran Via, Fuencarral, Callao and Preciados and making a tapas and beer route around La Latina, going through San Miguel Market, near Plaza Mayor square.
And for concluding your day in Madrid, we recommend you to visit Santa Ana square, sit in one of its terraces and start a tour around the wine cellars, where you will find the most famous taverns and vermouth bars in Madrid. You will find a lively ambience all days of the week, although the best day is Sunday morning, when you will be able to visit the Rastro (Madrid’s street market), get many of the bric-a-bracs you will find there and immerse in the authentic Madrid.