Madrid in a single day: Tour itinerary
First of all, be prepared to walk, as this is the best way to explore as much of the city as possible. Luckily, most monuments and interesting spots are rather close to each other. You might want to start your tour at Atocha station, one of the most popular stations in the city. It is close to the spectacular Royal Botanical Gardens and the world-famous Prado Museum. Even if you choose not to enter the museum, a stroll around the surrounding area is highly recommended.
A little further on, you will come to the Fountain of Neptune, and if you turn left, you will see the amazing Cibeles Palace. This is one of Madrid's most emblematic landmarks, and a visit to this building is a must on your trip to the city. Now, if you turn right, you will come to the Puerta de Alcalá, and just a stone's throw away, the Retiro Park. A stroll through this park is a highly recommended experience when you come to the capital, but if you don't have much time, you probably won't be able to see all of it, as it covers an area of 125 hectares.
Returning to Cibeles, you can head towards the intersection of Alcalá with Gran Vía and take your time enjoying the architecture of Madrid in the city's most popular street. If you walk on, you will come to Callao Square, and if you go down either of the two streets on the left (Carmen or Preciados Street) you will reach the Puerta del Sol Square. Don't forget to visit the statue of the Bear and the Madroño (Strawberry Tree), the symbol of Madrid.
Next, head to Arenal Street, where you will find the Pasadizo de San Ginés (San Ginés Passageway), and there, the most famous churrería (churro shop) in Spain: The Chocolatería San Ginés. Nothing like a delicious, sweet treat to boost your energy and continue your tour! Keep walking to the left and you will reach the Plaza Mayor (Main Square). In addition, the San Miguel Market, which features a variety of food stalls if you fancy something savoury, is close by, and just a few minutes further on you'll come to the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Enjoy the gardens of this special square, it's well worth it!
If you continue along Bailén Street, you'll come to the recently renovated Plaza España (Spain Square) with the imposing Egyptian Temple of Debod and its gardens at one end, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking sunset.
And then, as you will probably be quite tired after all that walking, you can take a taxi and reach our apartments in just 10 minutes, if you decide to stay with us. Here, you can relax, have a cocktail on our rooftop while enjoying the best views of Madrid and spend an unforgettable night before leaving the city. If you have other plans, a great option is to explore the nightlife in the Callao area. We look forward to seeing you!