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Two days in Madrid

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Madrid is a large city with things to see in two major areas of the city. Exploring this two areas by foot can be very nice.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover

12 Places

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12 Places

Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena

Churches & Cathedrals

Royal Palace of Madrid

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums

Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Speciality Museums

Puerta del Sol

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Plaza Mayor

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

Prado National Museum

Speciality Museums

Fuente de Cibeles

Fountains

Palacio de Cibeles

Architectural Buildings

Puerta de Alcala

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Retiro Park

Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Speciality Museums

fabianof45's City Tips

  • The touristic bus is expensive and should be taken only if you really do not like walking.
  • Seating at a bar and eating tapas is a must. Suggestion is the patatas bravas and the tortilla.
  • Prices usually include tips in Spain. Tip extra if a very nice service is provided.
  • Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    fabianof45 Says:

    Begin your trip at the Almudena Cathedral. It is a very nice cathedral just next to the royal palace. There is no fee to the cathedral, but you can leave a small donation if you like it.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An absolute "Must" 06/12/2018
    • Stunning 04/12/2018
    • Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena
    Address:
    Calle Bailen 10
    28013 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 42 22 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    fabianof45 Says:

    The Royal Palace is your second stop in Madrid. The palace is just next the cathedral and you need to pay to visit (about EU 10). You can visit on your own or in guided visits. Audioguides are available. You will see only part of the palace, but you will see the main quarters. If you like medieval war artifacts you can look for the militar museum in the Royal Palace (just walk toward the cathedral to find it near the gates)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Palace with History 14/12/2018
    • Tour in royal palace 13/12/2018
    • Royal Palace of Madrid
    Address:
    Calle Bailen
    28071 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 914 54 88 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
    Speciality Museums
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    fabianof45 Says:

    The convent can be your third stop in Madrid, specially if you like religious architecture and history. The visit is guided (only) and you have to pay a ticket to enter. Few visits per day, so try to be there around 11:00 to get enroled in the last guided tours of the morning.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A religious Icon 06/11/2018
    • Simply a gem 04/11/2018
    • Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
    Address:
    Plaza de las Descalzas
    28013 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 914 54 87 00
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Tue - Thu
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Tue - Sat
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Sat
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • Puerta del Sol
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    fabianof45 Says:

    The convent is near the Puerta del Sol, one of the main squares in Madrid. Nothing very special in the square, but it is a place to visit. Beware of pickpocketers in the area. In the square you can see the statue of the bear of Madrid.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It is fun to see but not much to do 14/12/2018
    • ok 13/12/2018
    • Puerta del Sol
    Address:
    C. Mayor
    C. Alcala
    28013 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 32 64 90
    Other:
  • Plaza Mayor
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    fabianof45 Says:

    One of the biggest plazas in Madrid. Its a nice place with some street artists performing to the tourist. One of the facades is specially beautiful. At this point you may want to seek something to eat in the plaza or in some nearby restaurant.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Súper clásico Boca-Riber 14/12/2018
    • Interesting 14/12/2018
    • Plaza Mayor
    Address:
    Calle Gerona 4
    28012 Madrid
    Spain
    Other:
  • Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    fabianof45 Says:

    In the afternoon head back toward the cathedral and go to the basilica of San Francisco. It is a very nice basilica with a very big cupula. The entrance is cheap and you have a guided tour included. The guided tour is long but very nice (only in spanish).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The basilica open at 15:00 in the afternoon, so you may want to take a lunch before going there.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A beautiful church. Off the beaten track 11/12/2018
    • TRULY AWESOME!!! 11/12/2018
    • Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
    Address:
    Calle San Buenaventura 1
    San Buenaventura, 1
    28005 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 913 65 38 00
    Other:
  • Prado National Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    fabianof45 Says:

    From the basilica to the Prado museum you may want to get a metro or a bus, since it is far away. If you are an art lover, than you may skip the basilica and go to the museum. If you just like art, then Prado Museum has free entry after 18:00. A line begin to be formed around 17:30 (it goes fast - so don't worry too much on the size of the line). You will have about 2 h to see the museum if you get the free entry.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Expansive Collection 14/12/2018
    • Great Museum 13/12/2018
    • Prado National Museum
    Address:
    Calle Ruiz de Alarcon 23
    28014 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 902 10 70 77
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Fuente de Cibeles
    Fountains
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    fabianof45 Says:

    Start your second day in Madri going to the Cybeles fountain.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive but..... 06/12/2018
    • Nice fountain 17/11/2018
    • Fuente de Cibeles
    Address:
    Plaza de Cibeles
    Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 625 86 37 57
  • Palacio de Cibeles
    Architectural Buildings
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    fabianof45 Says:

    Right next to the fountain, a magnific building is found. The facade is nicer than the interior but it is also nice (free entry). You can go up the elevator to see the city from the top of the building (paid ticket)

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Night-time Photo is amazing 08/12/2018
    • GRAND 07/12/2018
    • Palacio de Cibeles
    Address:
    Plaza Cibeles 1
    28014 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 914 80 00 08
    Other:
  • Puerta de Alcala
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    fabianof45 Says:

    Toward the Retiro Park, you will find the Alcala gate, one of the gates of Madrid. Picture time.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Madrid icon 09/12/2018
    • An important monument 07/11/2018
    • Puerta de Alcala
    Address:
    Plaza Independencia 1
    28001 Madrid
    Spain
    Other:
  • Retiro Park
    Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water
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    fabianof45 Says:

    The Retiro Park is nice and you may want to walk around for some time. A nice lake in the center can be found and it is one of the main attractions of the park. Take your time to walk around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are some nice places to get a lunch
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • very nice and big park 14/12/2018
    • Fabulous city park 13/12/2018
    • Retiro Park
    Address:
    Plaza Della Indipendecia,7
    28001 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 30 00 41
    Other:
  • Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
    Speciality Museums
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    fabianof45 Says:

    At this point you may want to see a museum. You have two choices to visit. The Queen Sofia museum or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Both are devoted to painting. Paid entry - not cheap.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 831 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Museum that is right sized 14/12/2018
    • Amazing collection of world’s most beautful paintings 12/12/2018
    • Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
    Address:
    Paseo Prado 8
    28048 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 917 91 13 70
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mon
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
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