Lives in Fortaleza, CE
Since Sep. 2010
35-49 year old male
Churches & Cathedrals
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Start your second day in Madri going to the Cybeles fountain.
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)
Toward the Retiro Park, you will find the Alcala gate, one of the gates of Madrid. Picture time.
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.
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.