Madrid is the capital of Spain, and has endless things to do and see. We recommend this as the first stop in our one week in Spain’ itinerary.

🏰 Attractions and Museums in Madrid

Royal Palace in Madrid
Madrid’s Royal Palace

πŸ₯˜ Restaurants and Tapas Bars

If you are like me, a travel foodie, you are in for a treat with the Spanish gastronomy . So this a short list of some restaurants I love in Madrid are those:

  • Casa Alberto is a centenary tavern with traditional Spanish food. Tripadvisor.
  • El Caldero is a nice place for rices like paella. Tripadvisor.
  • Ana La Santa: in Santa Ana square. Tripadvisor.
  • Cava Baja street and Cava de San Miguel street are truly crowded for diner time, with lots a lots of bars for tapas.
  • La Mi Venta: Next to the Royal Palace,  place for all kind of Spanish tapas and sharing dishes, really delicious and great service. Tripadvisor.
  • Gran Via Gourmet Experince: with panoramic views to the Gran Via street and many different stalls with different kinds of food.

πŸ‘— Shopping in Madrid

  • Las Rozas Village: Outlet for high-end fashion brands.
  • Salamanca Area: High-end fashion.
  • Gran Via and Preciados street for regular fashion shopping.
  • Carretas street and Arenal street for Spanish shoes.
Madrid by nigh
Gran Via Boulevard, great for shopping and going yo the theater

πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈ Madrid with kids

  • Boating in El Retiro
  • Chocolate con churros: Churros are a sweet to deep in a thick cup of hot chocolate, very traditional in Madrid and perfect for kids, the most famous one is “San Gines”, very close from Puerta del Sol.
  • Madrid cable car: It goes to the Casa de Campo park, with views of the Madrid Royal Palace.
  • Egyptian temple: The Debod temple has hieroglyphics, gates and small rooms for the kids to explore.

πŸ‘‰Read about it in our post ‘Things to do in Madrid with kids’

churros and hot chocolate
Traditional Churros and Hot Chocolate at San Gines

🚩 Tours and Itineraries

Walking is the best option in Madrid. Many parts of the monumental city are not reachable by a vehicle, as pedestrian streets and parks are very common.

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πŸ’‘ Travel tips

  • Public transport in Madrid is very efficient: Read more about it.
  • Some hotel locations are better than others, read this post to help you decide.
  • As in the rest of Spain, you can use credit card almost everywhere.
  • Tips are appreciated in restaurants, taxis and guided tours, but not necessary a high percentage as in the USA. A little amount is also welcome.

πŸš† Daytrips from Madrid

Madrid is in the centre of Spain and very well communicated with high speed trains. Read our posts about things to see in those amazing cities:

Cathedral illuminated by night
Toledo by night