72 hours in Madrid


Madrid doesn’t have to be jealous of Barcelona! This city has a lot to offer even if Madrid may lack the cachet of Paris, the big history of Rome or Barcelona’s reputation for Modernista masterpieces. It’s for sure difficult to compete with La Sagrada Família and to point your finger and say: « This is Madrid ».

However with its very rich museums and amazing gardens, Madrid has a big heart. You can feel the Spanish royals and the eating experience is priceless. What’s more, Madrid is also one of the most open cities on earth so no matter who you are, there is a room for you!

From the Airport, you can easily take the metro to go downtown by metro.

Download the PDF Metro Map for your stay!

Here a list about things to do in Madrid:

  • Museo del Prado
  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Palacio Real
  • Campo del Moro
  • Basilica de San Francisco El Grande
  • Templo de Debod
  • Gran Via
  • Plaza de la Puerta del Sol
  • Parque del Buen Retiro
  • Plaza de la Cibeles

From Madrid you can easily go to visit:

  • Cordoba (1h48 by train)
  • Segovia (1h10 by train)
  • Toledo (30 minutes by train)
  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial (1h15 by train)

I encourage you to travel by train from Atocha Station RENFE Rail Service. It’s really easy, fast and convenient.

Take a note about my favorite restaurants in Madrid:

Tapas bar – Estado Puro
Adress: Plaza Neptuno (Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo) 4

Spanish food – Casa Julio
Adress: Calle de la Madera 37

Special Spanish Gastronomie – Mercado De San Miguel
Adress: Plaza de San Miguel

Over to you, what do you like to visit in Madrid?


Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.


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