Are you going on an express visit to Madrid? If you are planning a trip to Madrid and don’t know what to see, we show you the places that are essential to discover the Spanish capital city.

First of all, as this is a short trip, it is important that you plan what you want to see and when would like to do it in order to make the most of your time.  For this reason, we have organized an itinerary so that you can see the most important sights of Madrid in a weekend:

Where to sleep in Madrid

One of the most important points when planning a trip is accommodation. If you stay in one of our apartments at 5 Génova street, you will be in a privileged location to get to all the places mentioned in this guide.

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Arrival on Friday

The tour will start with a walk around Madrid’s most famous park: El Retiro. Although the park is very big, we recommend that you don’t miss the Crystal Palace, the rose garden, the lakes and the peacocks.

A few steps from one of the park’s exits you will see Puerta de Alcalá, and if you continue down the street, you will reach the Bank of Spain building and Cibeles fountain, known for being an icon of the Real Madrid Football Club.

After this long walk you might feel tired, so it’s the perfect time to have dinner and rest for the next day.


Saturdays are for museums and our recommendations are: the Prado Museum, Reina Sofía and the Thyssen Museum. You will find real artistic gems in each of them.

To recharge your batteries after the museum, we recommend a cocido madrileño (a typical stew). And to burn off your meal, there’s nothing better than a stroll through the centre of Madrid. You can start on the famous Gran Vía street and stroll through all its shops. Continue along Plaza de Callao to see the legendary colourful Schweppes billboard and go down Preciados street to Plaza del Sol, known for the New Year’s Eve chimes, the statue of the bear and the strawberry tree, the km 0 plaque and the Tío Pepe billboard.

If you walk down Arenal street you will discover the Royal Theatre, a temple of opera. And if you walk a few more metres, you will come to the fascinating Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral, both of which are obligatory stops. To end the evening, we recommend going to a play, as there is a wide variety in Madrid.

Sunday, last day

Do you want to start Sunday full of energy? We suggest having a very Madrilenian breakfast: churros with chocolate at the famous Chocolatería San Ginés. The rest of the morning we suggest you to do the most typical plan for a weekend in Madrid: visit the Rastro market (only open on Sundays). There you will discover the true essence of Madrid.

In addition, a 10-minute walk from the Rastro is Plaza Mayor, another must-see in Madrid. And if you still have time left, don’t forget to visit the Temple of Debod.