What to see in Madrid in 5 days

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Martí Micolau

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Madrid is the most visited city in Spain and its capital. After Berlin it is the most populated municipality in Europe, the fourth most touristic city on the continent. Despite its very modern infrastructure, it has preserved the original appearance of many streets and historic districts, which attract tourists for the traditional atmosphere that reigns. It is theideal for those leaving for a cultural holiday and to discover the most authentic traditions of Spain.

If you have a long weekend available, you can visit all the main points of the city! Here what to see in Madrid in 5 days!


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  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days in Madrid
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

The first day you can leave visiting the central districts of Madrid, between Gran Via, Sol and Opera. Here are the most prestigious museums and the most elegant buildings, for a complete visit it could take up to three hours.
In the morning we advise you to start from the Prado Museum (10 am-00pm), with more than 20 paintings and a thousand sculptures. At least 00 hours will go away for the visit, so dedicate the whole morning to it, and buy a skip-the-line ticket if you don't already have the Madrid Art Walk Pass.

Lunch at Paradis Madrid, Mediterranean cuisine with attention to the smallest details (average cost per person € 30,00).
Afternoon at the Thyssen-Bornemisz Museum, with one of the most large collections of Spanish art (10: 00-19: 00).
End the Paseo del Arte by visiting the Reina Sofia National Museum, home of Picasso's Guernica (10: 00-21: 00). It also owns the most significant collection of contemporary art in Madrid, and among the many names on display you will also find Dalì.

For evening stroll along the Gran Via, the main urban artery of the city, which really comes to life just when the sun goes down. Here there are discos and bars, but above all theaters and cinemas, thanks to which this section of the Gran Via is known as the Broadway of Madrid.
For dinner, we recommend the fast food Pans & Company, located a few steps from the subway exit (average cost per person € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,7 km / 48 min
  • Places visited: Museo del Prado (€ 15,00), Museo Nacional Reina Sofía (€ 10,00), Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (€ 13,00), Gran Via (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Prado Museum: Direct Entrance Ticket Reina Sofia Museum: Skip-the-Line Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Entrance Ticket
  • lunch at Paradis Madrid (Get directions), dinner at Pans & Company (Get directions)

2 day

Today, dedicate yourself to two absolutely must-see neighborhoods, namely La Latina and Lavapiés, totally another style compared to the large avenues of the tourist center. Here you will find narrow streets and alleys perfect for breathing in the atmosphere of a more authentic and traditional Madrid.

In the morning you can reach the Barrio de La Latina, easily even with the subway. Walk through the streets of the neighborhood and visit Plaza de los Carros and its Parroquia de San Andrés Apostol (11: 30-13: 00). Then go to one of the most characteristic markets of the city of Madrid, namely the Mercado de Cebada, already open from 9:00 in the morning.

For lunch, we recommend you try the local tapas at Txirimiri (average cost per person € 10,00).
In the afternoon we recommend move towards the district of Lavapiés and visit another typical market, that of San Fernando, open until 21:00. Here you will find food, clothing, accessories and the most original stall, La Casqueria, which sells used books by weight.
Immediately after you reach Plaza Nelson Mandela, from which the main streets of this district start.

On the streets of this multi-ethnic area of ​​Madrid, you can dine at Fratelli d'Italia, an Italian restaurant loved by many of the Italians who live in the Spanish city, also thanks to the authenticity of the products served (average cost per person € 15,00) .

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 22 min
  • Places visited: La Latina (free), Mercado de Cebada (free), Plaza de los Carros (free), Parroquia de San Andrés Apostol (free), Lavapiés (free), Mercado de San Fernando (free), Plaza Nelson Mandela (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 25,00
  • lunch at Txirimiri (Get directions), dinner at Fratelli d'Italia (Get directions)

3 day

After the elegant museums, the most popular tourist attraction in Madrid is linked to one of the greatest passions that unites us with the Spaniards, football. The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is the home of the Real Madrid team and the place where historical games were played, like the 1982 World Cup final won by Italy. It is possible to make a visit with a tour inside. At 10:00 in the morning it is possible to enter the stadium and enter the world of football and Real Madrid. You will visit the trophy room with European Cups, UEFA Cups and much more, walk around the pitch and enter the changing rooms.

After the tour you can stop for lunch at Restaurante José Luis, located a stone's throw from the stadium where you can taste typical Basque cuisine (average cost per person € 20,00).
After lunch, take the blue metro line 10 from the Santiago Bernabéu stop and get off at Plaza de Espana and enjoy a few hours in the beautiful Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste. Here is a truly unusual attraction: the Temple of Debod, a temple from Ancient Egypt. Exactly, right in the heart of Madrid (Tue-Sun 10: 00-20: 00, free admission).
After a few hours in the green, return to the center of Madrid, walk along the Gran Via and arrive at Puerta del Sol, one of the most beautiful squares in the city!

For dinner, stop in the heart of the historic center, in the Andalusian Alhambra.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,7 km / 1 h 36 min
  • Places visited: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (€ 25,00), Plaza de Espana (free), Temple of Debo (free), Gran Via (free), Puerta del Sol (free)
  • Daily shopping:
  • Bernabéu Stadium tour with entrance tickets
  • lunch at Restaurante José Luis (Get directions), dinner at Alhambra (Get directions)

4 day

Another stop to do in Madrid is that of the Royal Palace and Campo del Moro. The facade of the Palacio Real looks a lot like the Louvre in Paris, but this one with 135 square meters and over 3 rooms is the largest palace in Europe.
In the morning, reach the Royal Palace (10: 00-18: 00). It is a building dating back to the eighteenth century, home to official events, you can make tours of the rooms full of works of art and antiques.

The visit can last from two to three hours, immediately after you can stop for lunch at Café de Oriente, located right in the Plaza de Oriente in front of the Palacio Real (average cost per person € 20,00).
In the afternoon visit the marvelous Almudena Cathedral (9: 00-20: 00), then enter the large park of Campo del Moro, open until 18:00. You will come across large tanks with geese and turtles, and peacocks that roam undisturbed between the avenues. Inside there are some buildings that are beautiful to see even from the outside: the Chalet de Corcho, a curious octagonal-shaped building made with cork bark, and in front of the Chalecito de la Reina, also a small house built by architect Enrique Maria Repullés at the end of the th century.

For dinner, stop by Restaurante Ferreiro, a nice traditional Spanish restaurant (average cost per person € 35,00). And then you reach the Mirador de la Huerta de la Partida, a panoramic terrace which offers a wonderful panoramic view over Madrid.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Royal Palace (€ 11,00), Catedral de la Almudena (free), Campo del Moro (free), Mirador de la Huerta de la Partida (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • priority guided tour of the Royal Palace
  • lunch at Café de Oriente (Get directions), dinner at Restaurante Ferreiro (Get directions)

5 day

The last stop of your stay in Madrid could be the Retiro Park. This is a green oasis where you can spend hours or a whole day, you can admire in one place 4.000 roses and 15 trees, including the oldest in the city (6: 00-24: 00).

Not to be missed is the most famous artificial lake in all of Spain, here you can rent a rowboat to cross it and live a unique experience (service available from 10:00, cost for 45 minutes € 6,00 on weekdays and € 8,00 on weekends and holidays).
Flanking the lake there is the Monument to Alfonso XII, a majestic marble colonnade enriched by numerous sculptures, in the center is the statue of the king 30 meters high.

Inside the park is the Terraza El Ancla, where you can stop for a snack or lunch with a postcard view of the lake (average cost per person € 15,00).
After lunch we recommend that you visit the famous Crystal Palace, located in the center of the Park (10: 00-22: 00, free entry).
Continuing south you will come across the Fountain of the Fallen Angel, the only statue in the world dedicated to the devil, is a work of the Madrid artist Ricardo Bellver y Ramon. And again, you will see La Rosaleda, the garden full of roses that in spring offers scents and a magical atmosphere.

After relaxing in the greenery during this last day, in the evening you can enjoy an Italian dinner at Tu Pasta, just outside the El Retiro Park, recommended by many local Italians (average cost per person € 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,9 km / 48 min
  • Places visited: El Retiro Park (free), Estanque Grande del Retiro (boat ride € 8,00), Crystal Palace, Rosaleda (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • lunch at Terraza El Ancla (Get directions), dinner at Tu Pasta (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days in Madrid

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Madrid, despite being one of the major European capitals, not too expensive a destination, it's easy to save on hotels and transport. If you intend to use public transport several times a day, you could opt for a tourist pass, even directly at the airport. The cost ranges from a minimum of € 8,00, for one day, to a maximum of € 35,00, for a week. Allow yourself to spend a little more for the many attractions that Madrid offers.

  • starting from € 80,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • priority guided tour of the Royal Palace electric bike tour of the city and parks evening walking tour with flamenco show
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 500,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Madrid: The best time is between May and June, when temperatures are neither too high nor too cold - find out more
  • the airport is about 15 km from the city, connected by the subway (€ 5,00), the train (€ 3,00) and city buses (€ 5,00)
  • the central districts of Sol, Gran Via and Opera are convenient for getting around on foot. La Latina and Lavapiés are more characteristic and traditional, cheaper and well connected with transport. For young people looking for nightlife the ideal is the Malasana area
  • Getting around: on foot, by bike and by public transport, very efficient. 12 metro lines, more than 2.000 city buses and 100 regional train lines. The cost of single tickets does not exceed € 3,00 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Madrid Art Walk Pass includes the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums (from € 30,00). iVenture Card offers access to museums, tours, bike and scooter rentals, restaurants and many other activities (from € 78,00)

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