If you are lucky enough to have a full week in Madrid, here we are going to propose a tour with which you will not miss anything. A week is enough to get to know Madrid almost in depth, at least the essential places in this city.
If you have fewer days, we recommend that you visit our one-day and three -day itineraries in which you can enjoy the most important things in Madrid if your time is limited.
Of course, this is the itinerary that we would do but you are free to include everything you like or to substitute what does not catch your attention or that you do not prefer to visit.
What to see in Madrid in a week
Day 1. The Madrid of the Austrias
You can dedicate your first day in Madrid to getting to know the most historic part of the city, the Madrid of the Austrians, starting your tour at Puerta del Sol and going through all the streets around it, visiting the Plaza Mayor and getting to know places as wonderful as the Royal Palace of Madrid or the Almudena Cathedral.
On this day, in addition to visiting monuments and historical places, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the shopping atmosphere in this area of the city.
To get to know this area, we recommend you take this free tour of Madrid or the Tour of the Madrid of Mysteries that takes you around the Plaza de la Villa telling you stories that very few people know.
Day 2. Visit the museums of Madrid
You can dedicate the second day in Madrid to one of its museums, one of the best things to do in Madrid. Or several, depending on your preferences and the time you spend. The main museums are located on the Paseo del Arte, where in addition to the big 3, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Museum, and the Reina Sofía Museum, there are also many other places of interest.
To get to know this area, the best thing to do is to do the free tour of the Barrio de las Letras. It will surely surprise you.
Day 3. The Madrid of the Bourbons
The Plaza de Cibeles area, the Puerta de Alcalá and the Parque del Retiro should be the destinations of your third day in Madrid. Start at Puerta del Sol and start walking admiring the buildings of Calle de Alcalá until you reach Madrid’s main park.
This free tour through the Madrid of the Bourbons is perfect to get to know this area.
Day 4. Excursion to the surroundings
What if this day you make an excursion to the surroundings of Madrid? You can visit nearby places like Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez or El Escorial, escaping from the stress of the capital and enjoying very important places in the history of Spain.
Day 5. The Paseo de la Castellana
You can dedicate this day to visiting the northern part of the city, which is located next to the Paseo de la Castellana. You can enjoy the tall skyscrapers found in the CTBA and Azca as well as visiting the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. If you want to go to a game, you can take advantage of this route on a day when there is football at the stadium.
To save queues, you can get your ticket for the Tour of the Bernabéu before you go.
You can complete the day touring Serrano, Velázquez streets and their surroundings, where the most select shops are located.
Day 6. Tourist bus
If you have not done it before, we recommend that you take a tour on the tourist bus, the Madrid City Tour. It may also be advisable to do it the first day to have a first contact and then go to what interests you the most.
But we also recommend it when you already know the places you have visited in order to have another vision.
Buying the tourist bus ticket before you go will save you a lot of time.
Day 7. Sunday at El Rastro
If it’s Sunday, we recommend you visit El Rastro and Barrio de la Latina, where you can have tapas. There is also the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande and some of the most historic streets in the center of Madrid.
We recommend completing the day enjoying Madrid Río, the park that is located next to the Manzanares River.