A day walking around Madrid
A day walking around Madrid

Do you only have one day in Madrid and you want to make the most of it? Don't worry! We bring you a route through the city so you can enjoy a tour of some of the essential places to see in Madrid.

Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s epicenter

The Madrid one-day walking tour begins from the epicenter of the city, the Puerta del Sol. The mythical city square, where you can see the famous statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, the Clock House, the Km 0 plaque and the famous Tio Pepe sign.Puerta del Sol is an excellent starting point to begin the route that will take you to know Madrid. Not only is it located in the heart of Madrid and connects with other important places in the city, it also represents one of its most important vertebrae.

Walk along the Gran Vía

We will keep on the route along the Gran Vía, from Puerta del Sol. This street is full of stores and entertainment venues. Not for nothing is it known as the Broadway of Madrid, and it is full of cinemas, theaters and musicals.

If you plan to stay longer in Madrid, which we recommend 100% so you can continue exploring the city and enjoy the charms it offers, you can buy ticket for some of the functions held on the Gran Via.

Visit the Royal Palace

Very close to the Gran Via you will find the Royal Palace, one of the few official residences of Heads of State that you can visit. It is the largest palace of the entire European monarchy and one of the largest internationally.

It boasts more than 130,000 square meters of land. It has more than 3,000 rooms, although not all of them are open to the public. If you dare to take a tour of the grounds, you can see the Throne Room and one of the most precious jewels of Spanish Historical Heritage, the collection of the Royal Armory. A unique opportunity to admire a collection of weapons, armor and other objects that testify to the history of Spain since the sixteenth century.

Bocata de calamares in Plaza Mayor

After a morning of sightseeing in Madrid, it's time for lunch, and what better way to enjoy one of Madrid's traditional dishes? Go to the Plaza Mayor, another of the most emblematic outdoor places in the city and eat in one of the bars and restaurants in the area.

The Plaza Mayor is a witness to Madrid’s history and has been the site of many important events. More than 400 years ago the monarch Felipe III ordered the construction of the Plaza Mayor, with the purpose of holding various events in it, from official celebrations, processions and festivals to public executions.

In one of the restaurants in the square or in the surrounding area, you can taste the typical food of Madrid, such as cocido madrileño, fried eggs or a delicious squidfish sandwich.

Afternoon in Retiro Park

We will finish the afternoon strolling through one of the city's green lungs, the Retiro Park. One of the favorite places for locals to disconnect from the city, cars and streets; a green oasis in the middle of Madrid.

We encourage you to discover the hidden treasures that the park holds, such as its beautiful Palacio de Cristal, the ruins of the Ermita de San Isidro or the area of the Rosaleda.

Where to sleep in Madrid?

If you plan to extend your stay in the capital, we encourage you to book a room in a centrally located hotel. This way, you will save time and money on transportation to move from one place to another. We invite you to our Hotel Cortezo, just a step away from the Puerta del Sol, the starting point of the route discussed in this blog. We guarantee maximum comfort and an unforgettable experience.