48h in Madrid : Ultimate Travel Guide

Madrid is the perfect city for a short stay and believe me it won’t take you more than a few days… Let’s not abuse the good things though ūüėČ

By the way, you will find one of the most popular nightclubs: Teatro Barcelo and if you have seen the series Elite, you know what I mean. However, if you’re not a nightclub person, I invite you to take a walk in the nearby parks. You will find them all over the city and their surroundings will offer you the tranquility you need.

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Where to stay ?

The easiest way, especially for a first discovery, would be to stay in the center of the city. This would allow you to be close to the main tourist places and to be able to visit on foot mainly.

How to get around ?

Madrid is well connected by tramway and buses, but it is the kind of city that is more enjoyable by foot. I designed this itinerary so you can do everything by foot.

Day 1

Plaza Mayor of Madrid, Spain

Lets start your first day by the best way possible, head to Plaza Mayor of Madrid, situated in the city center. From there, go to Chocolateria San Gines, where you will find Churros and chocolates for your snack or breakfast.


After only a 5 minute walk, you will discover Puerta del Sol, home of the shopping neighbourhood, you can find plenty of shops if shopping is your thing. Be prepared since this place is always crowded. Walk around and arrive at Callao, the Times Square of Spain.

Callao/ Gran Via in Madrid, Spain

Continue your way by the street of Gran Via, and finally arrive at the Museo Nacional del Prado. This museum will offer you spectacular Spanish Art, with painters such as Velazquez, Goya and many more. Be ready to spend a few hours there.

After your visit, head to El Retiro Park, a gigantic park situated in the center of Madrid. You can enjoy it by doing a picnic for example.

Parque El Retiro in Madris, Spain

If you still have the energy, you could finish your day with a flamenco show, a typical Spanish thing to do.

Day 2

Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain

You gonna spend the majority part of the day on the more historical part of the city. Head first to Catedral de la Almudena, a baroque catholic cathedral and then the Royal Palace of Madrid, situated just next to it. You can visit the inside of it if you want to.

Walk for 10 minutes and head to the Temple of Debob, a Ancient Egyptian temple and museum moved from Aswan & rebuilt in lush parkland, with sunset views. A very enjoyable visit.

End your way to Plaza Espana, a park situated just before the big street of Gran Via, where you will find few addresses to eat. 

If you want to have a wild night, Madrid is a great place to go out. One of the biggest clubs of the city is Teatro Kapital, made of 6 floors. I can also recommend Teatro Barcelo (the nightclub of Elite, the Netflix tv show).

Day 3 (Bonus)

If you have a bonus day to spend in the area, I would gladly suggest you to take a tour to Segovia and Toledo.

Segovia, Spain

A few more adresses to eat

  • La Musa Malasa√Īa
  • Caf√© Federal
  • Ojala
  • HanSo Caf√©
  • Honest Greens Hortaleza
  • Tiki Taco¬†
  • Bocadillos Oink
  • Papizza

Have a nice trip ! 

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