We stayed 6 days in Madrid for my wife's workshop in the first week of April.
I was free all the days and had the chance to plan our daily trips on myself.
Here are my suggestions (not in importance order):
. Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
. Plaza de Espana
. Temple of Debod (sunset)
. Sabatini Gardens
. Plaza de Oriente
. Plaza San Miguel
. Plaza Mayor (have a drink and see the interesting costumed people)
. Eat churros in San Gines (suggested and one of the best churros) [Chocolateria San Gines]
. Puerta del Sol (bear icon + zero point)
. Calle Carmen Street
. Gran Via (walk on this nice boulevard)
. Have frozen yogurt in the shop that is opposite of Plaza de Espana&Gran Via
. Plaza de Cibeles
. Puerta del Alcala
. Park del Retiro
. See Colomb statue next Colon station
. Have a walk in Paseo del Prado
. Prado Museum
. Reina Museum (+see the top of the building)
. Have a drink and calamares in El Brillante (next to Reina Museum)
. See and have a dinner in the restaurants next to Plaza Santa Ana
I tried to group these places so that you can walk from one to another.
But I suggest you to check these places on Google Maps.
If you have a problem to find them, let me know and I can send you the exact location.
Also I have some restaurants I can suggest if you like and interested in food and like eating :)
Let me know if you need specific details about anything related to Madrid ;)
Have a nice journey.
SAS almost 5 years ago
One more important point about Madrid is TOLEDO.
Toledo is only 20 minutes from Madrid by speed-trains (called RENFE).
You can also buy a half day or full-day trip. Full day trips include dinner.
Halfday trips are about 40-50 Euros as well as I remember.
We planned our own trip.
I checked all the places to see in Toledo on my smartphone using Google Maps and GPS.
Then we bought our round-trip speed train tickets online from RENFE.
We had a full day trip in Toledo. Saw all the places. Had a coffee. Took the city tour sigthseeing by bus.
However, instead of taking the tour bus from the train station, I would suggest you
to go to the center of the old town buy buses. And then take the small tour train for city outer tour.
This is cheaper and more enjoyable.
All the old city walking (slow) tour takes at most 2 hours :)
And I absolutely suggest you to go to Toledo to see this small city - old town if you like history.
Let me know if you need suggestions and details about Toledo, too.
Enjoy your trip,
sas almost 5 years ago
Free walking tour in madrid is amazing...sandermans free europian tours runs every day of the year and is amazing for the history...just get lost in madrid city theres so much history everywhere...
In barcelona get on a train n head sth to tarragonna bout 1 hr of fast train...was roman capital for spain and so much history still there,can do the circus and pilates house as well as the church which is a must...
Sitges is nice very cosmopolitan and beachy easy to catch train there 2
Paris just walk n explore its all amazing same deal the same company do free tours there 2 almost 5 years ago