If you’re looking for your next vacation spot, Madrid may be on your list. If it is, you’re probably wondering exactly what it is you can do while you’re there, and using the answers you find to compare Madrid with other lovely cities around the world that you’re seeing as options.
In this article, we have the perfect 7 day Madrid vacation planned for you, to help you learn exactly what you can do while in Madrid for holiday.
Day 1 (Jetlag Day)
On the first day you’ll likely be jetlagged, but still so excited that you don’t want to waste one minute indoors. Travel to the Jardin Botanico, next door to Prado Museum, and be in awe at the collection of over 30k plants that you’ll see from all around the world. Afterward, have a night out in the city, enjoying the downtown and finding a nice place to eat Tapas (which won’t be hard at all) . You’ll be so intrigued by the beauty of the city itself and the food as well that you’ll feel as though your first day was well spent.
Day 2 (Day of The Horns)
Have breakfast at El Botanico, which is close to Jardin Botanico (so you won’t have any problem finding it) and serves some wonderful authentic Spanish breakfast. Next, get ready for your first bullfight! They are exciting, and attract as many tourists as natives, packing the Las Ventas bullring to the maximum with every match. Afterward, El Sobrino de Botin is known for its 300 years serving some famous pig and lamb dishes. Go there for a relaxing dinner before calling it a day.
Day 3 (Nature Day)
Day 3 is the day for horseback riding in Madrid, getting to see some of the more natural components of the area. Horseback through the countryside and find a nice place to picnic while you’re out and about, maybe at the Parque del Buen Retiro, under the oldest tree you’ve ever seen. The greenery offered in Madrid is different than anything you’ve seen, as well as the wildlife. Afterward, settle down for dinner at La Bola Taberna. Spice up the end of your day with a quick shower and heading ou to the town to learn about la noche (the night). Find your favorite Disco-Pub and start dancing!
Day 4 (Day of Fir & Flight)
Wake up and go out for breakfast, and then head over to GoMadrid which offers Hot Air Balloon flights for you to see the city in a way you can’t see it from ground or plane. Be ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience today. Afterward, catch a quick dinner at Casa Ciriaco with a taste of history served along with it. Head over to a Discoteca that seems to be offering exactly the type of atmosphere you’re looking for!
Day 5 (The Day of Sights)
On day 5, head out to Madrid’s museums, and get a taste of the culture and heritage being offered to you from the city. The go-to museums are Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen Museum, which all get rave reviews and fill natives with pride. You can also check out some world famous monuments, such as the Fuente de Cibeles, which is a statue representing the goddess of fertility.
Day 6 (Day of Sounds)
Are you ready for a show? After breakfast, go to Guitarreria F Manzanero, where you can find a plethora of instruments that stay true to the flamenco way. Both new and old, the strings you encounter will blow your mind and give you an authentic taste of Spanish heritage and culture for a day. Afterward, head over to the Buho Real, where you can experience the nature of those instruments come to life in a fantastic show put on by two and three piece bands all night long.
Day 7 (Day of Entertainment)
On your seventh day, spend it going throughout the city and taking pictures you may not have gotten to take yet. When the evening hits, head over to Sala Triangulo, which is one of Madrid’s most popular alternative theatres. It’s known for being busy and entertaining, and it’s sure to provide you with a seventh-day experience you won’t be quick to forget or forget to appreciate.
Congratulations! You’ve made it through seven days of Madrid and you’ve filled each day with a new experience that you can only experience in Madrid itself. Of course, if you would like to extend your vacation, there are plenty more options for you, from Teatro de la Abadia where you can see some authentic Spanish dance theatre, to the Noche de Reyes festival if you make it to Madrid in January, which you’ll be forced to recon with considered it’s celebrated all over the city on the 5th of the month (into the 6th).
Regardless of what you decide to do, it’s difficult to make the wrong choice. Madrid is the vacationer’s paradise, and you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.