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Madrid Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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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

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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 1095 Reviews

Travel from Madrid to Toledo, a national monument to Spain's art and history, and discover a treasure trove of El Greco artworks. Experience Toledo’s past on a ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 or 8 hours

From USD $62.14

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 300 Reviews

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

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.09

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 438 Reviews

Sample Spanish nightlife and Madrid's tasty tapas on an evening walking tour that will tantalize your taste buds! Led by an entertaining foodie guide, this ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.93

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

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

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.48
$150.92 Save $30.44

Spanish Wine Tour from Madrid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Leave Madrid and head to the hills to learn about Spanish wine on this full-day tour! With an expert guide at your side, visit the Vinos de Madrid winemaking ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.55

6-Day Andalucia Tour from Lisbon to Madrid: Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Madrid

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

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $766.96

Madrid City Sightseeing and Royal Palace Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 159 Reviews

Marvel at the historic sights of Madrid on this city sightseeing and Royal Palace tour. Learn the story of Madrid through its buildings as you travel from ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.46

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Express Ticket and Tour in Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

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

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.58

Madrid Super Saver: Toledo Half-Day Trip and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 37 Reviews

Pay less and get more with this Madrid Super Saver tour! Spend the morning in Toledo, Spain's medieval capital and a treasure trove of El Greco artwork. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.17
$102.73 Save $21.56

Arabian Baths Experience at Madrid's Hammam Al Ándalus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Seek serenity at Madrid’s Arabian baths, Hamman Al Ándalus, and spend 1.5 hours relaxing body, soul and mind! The zen-like oasis with candle-lit walkways ...  Read more

Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.53

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