Madrid Suggested Itineraries
By Viator, April 2015
The Spanish capital, Madrid, is a sensational city for nightlife lovers, gourmets, art lovers, and football fans alike. Take a Madrid tour, or jump on the hop-on hop-off bus to get a feel for the city.
Day 1: Art & Culture
Spain’s most magnificent art museum, El Museo del Prado, features a rich collection of Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco, and covers everything from Bosch to Botticelli. Madrid City sightseeing tours and city passes include free entry to the Prado. The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia contains fantastic cubist works, Miró, Dali, and Kandinsky, and Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza collection includes Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and pop art.
Marvel at the splendor of grand Palacio Real (Royal Palace), with lush gardens on all sides. In the evening you'll be ready to indulge in the essentials of Spain: tapas, wine, and flamenco.
Day 2: Football, Bullfights, and Nightlife
Stroll in the former Royal Park El Retiro, and football fans take a pilgrimage to Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid stadium. Bullfighting takes place at the grand Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas on Sunday evenings. La Casa Botín is the oldest restaurant on earth, and its cochinillo (suckling pig) is legendary. The nightlife in Madrid is like nowhere else – the vibe starts around 2am and keeps going until dawn.
Day 3: Day Trips from Madrid
Madrid is an excellent base for day trips to discover the rich history of this beautiful Spanish region. El Escorial is arguably Spain’s most impressive royal site, travel through the legendary country of Don Quixote to the medieval city of Cordoba. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River the Andalusian capital, Seville bursts with joy and activity. Granada has a distinctly Arab influence with the amazing architecture of the Alhambra. Once the Spanish capital, Toledo is filled with amazing medieval architecture and Museo El Greco, widely considered to be the finest Spanish artist of all time. The Roman-built aqueduct is Segovia's most iconic image, while the Alcazar, a beautiful 11th-century medieval fort, is lavishly decorated inside with incredible views from the top of the tower.
Tours & Tickets
Leave Portugal to seek out the charm of southern Spain on a 6-day Andalucia tour from Lisbon to Madrid! With an expert guide plus sightseeing tours and five ... Read more
Duration: 6 days (approx.)
Experience the grandeur of Spain on a guided half-day visit to El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument from Madrid. Discover why the ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Explore Madrid’s Prado Museum with an art expert guide after skipping the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket! As Spain’s national museum, the ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
Travel from Madrid to Toledo by high-speed train, and then spend a day exploring independently with a Toledo Card. The must-have sightseeing pass includes a ... Read more
Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El ... Read more
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
Experience the best of Madrid, and see the sights that you want to see on this private tour. Choose from a half- or full-day tour, then let your local guide ... Read more
Duration: 3.5 hours (half-day tour) or 7 hours (full-day tour)