Spain: Two Days in Madrid

in City Guides, Sightseeing

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of The King of Spain

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of The King of Spain

Madrid is many things to many people, but we can all agree on one thing: it is the capital of Spain. Located right smack in the middle of the peninsula, this city showcases metropolitan living blended with an intense cultural awareness at its best. You might ask, are two days enough to experience all that Madrid has to offer? Probably not, but if that is all the time that you have, here are your must-see places.

Your first of many stops, the Prado Museum has so much beauty to offer that you cannot possibly take a look at each and every display and visit anything else in the city. As such, try picking out your favorites or at least focus on the greatest of the masterpieces. After an hour or so, move on to your next stop, the Botanical Gardens, which right by the museum. You’ll feel that you are not in a city inside this compound. Other places you should visit include the Paseo del Prado, Congreso di Diputados, Ateneo de Madrid, Casa Museo de Lope de Vega, Puerta del Sol, and Plaza Mayor.

You’ll surely be pooped after visiting all these places so head on to your hotel to freshen up, then enjoy dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in the city, and then get some much needed snooze for the next day.

Start your second day out with a leisurely stroll at Retiro Park. I suggest you do so after an early breakfast so that you can head on to other destinations such as the Thyssen Gallery. Make it a point to visit the most famous fountain in the city, the Cibeles. Also drop by Convento de las Descalzas Reales, which is a 16th century convent. If your second day falls on the first Wednesday of the month, visit the Palacio Real at midday to watch the changing of the guards. For breaks in between stops, visit the numerous cafes to enjoy a refreshing drink and some snacks.

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