A city for walkers!
The heart of old Madrid is filled with majestic architecture and beautiful hidden corners steeped in history. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “Madrid is the most Spanish of all cities.” It is a city that has incorporated chic designer hotels and non-tapas bars with minimalist decor, a place where there is always a buzz. Explore everything from culture to food during a weekend City Break in the Spanish capital.
Day by day
Arrive and get to know the town
Trace the legacy of the Hapsburg and Bourbon dynasties near the royal palace and the Plaza Mayor with your guide. The route takes in traditional shops, churches, convents, inns, palaces and theatres. Visit the Royal Palace and stop at the popular Mercado San Miguel for a quick mid-morning pick-me-up. Continue through the Barrio de las Letras where some of the greatest writers, poets and playwrights in history made their home, and enjoy an evening of tapas.
Get artistic at El Prado
Discover the Calle de Alcalá and the Paseo del Prado with your guide, where you’ll find the museums that make Madrid one of the most majestic cities in the world. Enjoy a tour of the Prado museum to discover the classics and the surprises. Lunch at a traditional Spanish tasca, a great way to get to know more about the history. End with a stroll through the Parque del Retiro, Madrid’s magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, peaceful paths and a lovely lake. Later continue up to the elegant Barrio de Salamanca with its wide tree-lined streets, chic shops and cool cafes.
Enjoy a classic evening cocktail or a night of unadorned flamenco.
Market and Farewell!
Bucking a downward trend for many European antiques districts, Madrid’s Sunday flea market keeps getting bigger and better. For vintage items you’ll want to stay on the blocks between the market’s main drag of Calle Ribera de Curtidores and Calle de Toledo, where shops offer a range of chic and portable items like lumpy ‘70s ceramics with lava-like glazes that make stylish souvenirs.
Finish with a “street food” crowd pleaser, gastronomy and views included, and you have Madrid’s most buzzing drinking, dining and sunbathing experience. Tartan Roof, atop the Circulo de Bellas Artes. Prep to leave and say farewell to the most Spanish of cities.