What to do in Madrid for 3 days

You have only a weekend in Madrid? Here you can find what to do in Madrid for 3 days. With this itinerary you will be able to see the most important tourist attractions in the Spanish capital.

Madrid is a very special city as it is located exactly in the center of Spain, it is surrounded with great UNESCO Heritage cities, there is an incredible night life and it offers many interesting places for art lovers so you can be sure to have fun in Madrid!

What to do in Madrid (Spain) for 3 days

Day 1.


Start your day with a city tour by your own or with a private guided tour. There are 21 districts in the city and they are all very different. The two most important parts of the city is the old town-The Madrid of the Hapsburgs (16-17th century) and The Madrid of the Bourbons (from the 18th century).
We recommend to start with the Hapsburg part where you can visit the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa and the Royal Palace and its surroundings.


You can have a typical tapas lunch at one of the lovely medieval streets at the La Latina district which are Cava Baja (try a pincho and a white Txacolí wine at the Taberna Txacolí) or Cava Alta (try a tapa of Iberian ham with a red Rioja wine at Casa Curro).


After a little siesta you can do some shopping at Madrid´s best avant-garde Fuencarral street  in the popular Chueca district.
After the shopping you can directly walk up to the San Anton market´s rooftop in the same Chueca and take a drink ( Have you ever tried Madrid´s most popular bear the Mahou?)

Day 2.

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Visit one of the best museums in the world which is the Prado where you can focus on Spanish art and see paintings by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya and many others.


Take a lunch in a nice restaurant made by young Spanish chefs at the elegant Jorge Juan street at the Salamanca district. We recommend Paraguas or La Bien Aparecida.


You can relax after the luch at the wonderful Retiro park which is a beautiful historical park.
After the Retiro you can see the second old city- The Madrid of the Bourbons with the Alcala Gate, Cibeles fountain and the City Hall.

Late afternoon:

Enjoy the sunset from Madrid´s only Egyptian church the Templo de Debot.


Take a walk in the charming Literature district (Barrio de las Letras) and see a flamenco show. We recommend the Cardamomo.

Dinner: Did you know that Madrid is Europe´s biggest port? There are hundreds of excellent Seafood restaurants in the capital. Why don´t you try one of them this evening?

Day 3:


You can visit the Thyssen Museum or The Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art. If you are not an art fan you can visit the modern part of the city with the Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid) football stadium.


Have a lunch in the world´s oldest restaurant which is Casa Botín. Their speciality is the roasted suckling pig.

Afternoon: Visit the Covent of Las Descalzas Reales. It was founded in 1559 and it houses an important collection of art.
Bit adiós to Madrid and you will see that it is a city where you want to come back soon!