Here’s a dare, will you be able to explore and experience the beauty and treasures of Madrid in just 24 hours? Well sure you can! Try this 24-hour itinerary guide to embracing the capital of Spain.
Madrid is often known to be where the old and new Spain meets. Let’s begin our 24-hour journey to the city by having our breakfast at 7:00 am at El Brillante in Plaza Emperador Carlos V 8 (Metro: Atocha) and fill in yourself with freshly squeezed orange juice, strong coffee, and tortillas. If you want to try the city’s best churros though, you can have your breakfast instead at Chocolateria de San Gines at C/ Pasadizo De San Ginés 5 (Metro: Sol). After an hour of breakfast, you can start your exploration by enjoying the sights in the busy railway of Atocha Station. With over 500 botanical species displayed in the area, you’d get to enjoy the relaxing ambiance in the station.
By 9:00 am, you can kick off your Madrid tour by paying a visit to one of the Golden Museum Triangle in the city, The Prado Museum. Although the other two museums, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza are just stones away from each other, Prado is considered by many to be the “jewel of the crown”. Feast your eyes with the creations of El Greco, Velasquez, and Goya in the museum. After a 2-hour tour in the museum, you can then head on for a little shopping at Calle Fuencarral (Metro: Gran Via). One of the coolest shopping avenues in Madrid, Calle Fuencarral offers various shops and boutiques ranging from designer labels to clubwear. After an hour or two, head to J&J Books to feast your eyes with a wide range of books and magazines in the English language; here, you’ll also get to meet a lot of English speakers, so it’s perfect for those who isn’t really good in their Spanish. By 2:00 pm, have your lunch at Ribeira do Muiño in Calle Santa Brígida 1 for fantastic and fresh seafood.
After a relaxing and sumptuous lunch, get ready to move on with your Madrid tour by walking into some of the city’s famous spots, which include the Royal Opera, Plaza de España, and Plaza Mayor. You can spend up to 2 hours taking pictures and sightseeing at this part of your tour. By 5:00 pm, you can go straight to El Parque del Buen Retiro to do boating in the lakes or just sit back and relax with the sight of its immaculately kept gardens. You can also keep yourself entertained with the street performers and puppeeters.
At 8:00 pm, get yourself in a mythical emotional state by listening through flamenco in Las Carboneras in Plaza del Conde de Miranda 1. Have fun experiencing one of the finest shows in town! After two hours, it’s dinner time at Taberna Txakoli in C/ Cava Baja 26. Savour its Spanish ham as well as crab dishes.
By 11:00 pm, get ready to start the nightlife in the city starting with cool jazz entertainment in El Junco at Plaza Santa Bárbara 10 and a walk-in cinema at the Cines Princesa in Calle Princesa 3-5. At 2:00 am, head to one of Madrid’s coolest venues, Demode and enjoy its techno music strangely combined with chandeliers. As 3:00 am approaches, you can then proceed to Torero for some Spanish pop entertainment. Here, you’ll meet guys and gals all dressed up for some salsa-style dancing.
As the dawn approaches, you can meet the sunrise by enjoying some chocolate con churros at Cafetería San Gines in Calle del Arenal 11.
And that’s how you spend your 24 hours in Madrid!