How to get to know Madrid in 4 days? What can you see in such a short time? How can you optimize your days in the best possible way? Madrid is a very large city with an immense culture and leisure to offer. We propose you to divide your holidays in the following way to make sure you visit the best things in Madrid ☺
Day 1: the Art triangle, parks and Gran Vía
Our first tip for visiting Madrid in 4 days is to get up early and choose one of the museums in the Art Triangle (El Museo del Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza). Then we recommend walking to the Puerta de Alcalá and, of course, strolling through the Parque del Retiro. Eating here, by the lake, is one of the best options if the weather is good. After lunch the route continues to Plaza de Cibeles, the busy Gran Vía street to Plaza de España and the day ends at the Temple of Debod, famous for its beautiful sunsets.
Day 2: La Latina and the traditional Madrid
A perfect day to walk around the city. The day starts at the famous Puerta del Sol, with its Bear and Tree, the Kilometer Zero and its clock. After taking a few pictures you continue to the Plaza Mayor and have a snack at the exquisite San Miguel Food Market. The morning can end with a walk through the narrow, cobbled streets of the Latina district and lunch on a unique terrace. After lunch, two visits are a must: The Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. On your way home, don’t miss the Plaza de Isabel II, better known for the Plaza de la Ópera and the Monasterio Real de las Descalzas.
Day 3: The Center, trends and traditions
Today is a day of contrasts. The morning starts with a visit to the most alternative neighbourhoods of the capital: First we start with Malasaña, characteristic for its underground culture and avant-garde atmosphere. After that we go to Chueca, known as the gay neighbourhood of Madrid. A walk through its narrow and lively streets, full of bars, clothes shops and small and coquettish shops that can end with a gourmet meal at the Mercado de San Antón. In the afternoon we change the atmosphere radically. We replace the fashionable and cosmopolitan with tradition and sophistication. A walk to the Plaza de Colón, from there you can see the National Library and continue along the Golden Mile, where you will find the most luxurious fashion, decoration and jewelry stores. We finish the day at the Santiago Bernabeu football stadium.
Day 4: Madrid of the Austrians and bulls
We start the day in the Barrio de las Letras, famous neighborhood for the great writers of the Spanish history who lived in these streets. A very charming area, with lots of shops and restaurants. The appetizer is taken on Plaza de Santa Ana, one of the most spectacular squares in the capital, both day and night. Lunch or coffee on the seventh floor of the Círculo de Bellas Artes. A must do. We will end the day with a visit to the traditional Plaza de Toros de las Ventas.
These are the best ways to get to know Madrid in 4 days MCI