If you are going to be in Madrid for just one day then you can expect to have a very busy time. There is a lot to see and do. If time is limited then you might want to use the following itinerary which will give you a good taste of the city and ensure you see some of its highlights.
Start at the Prado Museum. Here you can enjoy thousands of paintings, sculptures and works of art from some of the greatest artists of all time. On a Sunday morning entrance is free to the museum but make sure you arrive early to beat the queues!
From art to gardens now as your next stop should be the botanical gardens that are next door. There are thousands of different species of plants, shrubs and trees. The botanical gardens offer a peaceful and calm respite from the bustling city.
Still in the same area you should take a stroll up the Paseo del Prado. This tree-lined road may have cars but it is still a beautiful and elegant street flanked by beautiful pieces of architecture. Definitely well worth a ramble.
Your next destination should be the Puerta del Sol, Madrid’s answer to Times Square or Piccadilly Circus. Make sure you check out the 18th Century clock and statue of El Oso y el Madroño. This square is thought to be the geographical centre of Spain.
Plaza Mayor is the next stop on this day long itinerary. There are stalls, artists willing to draw your portrait and on a Sunday there is a stamp and coin market too.
Finally you should make time for a visit to Plaza Oriente, a beautiful semicircular plaza with lines of statues of previous Kings of Spain. Don’t forget your camera. At this point you are probably exhausted so it would be a good opportunity to head into the Cafe Oriente that is situated in the Plaza for a cool drink and a bite of tapas.
Madrid cannot be done in just one day, but this itinerary will you at least a taster of what’s on offer in this glorious city.