Only 2 and half hours away from London by plane, Madrid is an attractive option for many UK holidaymakers. A visit to the Spanish capital will introduce you to a world of gastronomy, vibrancy, culture and fascinating museums. A 3 day stay in Madrid is the ideal break to get away from the real world and discover this charming, historic city.
Day 1: Paseo del Prado
The Prado Museum in Madrid is one of the largest in the world and is an absolute must-see for any tourist, not just museum lovers. You can see some of the greatest works by Spanish artists, some dating back to the 15th century. If art is not your thing, the atmosphere in the surrounding area is an experience in itself and it is worth taking a whole day to explore and soak it all up. Culture fans will enjoy the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which boasts works by Picasso, Dali and Miro. Finish the day by heading to the plaza Mayor to discover the numerous tapas bars serving exquisite local delights.
Day 2: Old Madrid
On your second day, head in the direction of el barrio de las Letras and the plaza de la Puerta del Sol, which is historically an important meeting place for the people of Madrid. Whilst taking a stroll around the area, you will come across the stunning palacio Real and the monastery of las Descalzas Reales. After a long day walking around and soaking up the history, turn to the Malasana area to discover the best Madrid has to offer for food, drink and good times.
Day 3: some light shopping
If you fancy doing a spot of shopping to get some souvenirs or things to take back, the Gran Via is an absolute must. This bustling street overflowing with shopping opportunities also boasts some fine architectural treasures. If you are in Madrid on a Sunday, take the opportunity to discover the El Rastro market, which has been going since the Middle Ages. This market provides a unique experience truly specific to Madrid – and can also offer a few bargains!
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