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The first time I traveled to Madrid was in 2009, and I only toured around my hotel because the weather was extremely cold. Until this time back, I promised myself to definitely visit the famous attractions, experience the best food and even the sounds of life here. With my Madrid travel experience and limited time allowed, here is a suggestion for a complete Madrid sightseeing schedule and tourist activities in Madrid:
1. Visit the Royal Palace
Although this is the residence of the royal family, in fact they no longer live here, the whole palace is only used for important official meetings. you can walk through the palace, starting from the main hall and going through the lavishly decorated rooms. My favorite places are the art gallery and the dining room. They also have the Royal Armory room, which houses a collection of weapons and armor dating back to the Middle Ages. Admission is 14 euros. If you choose a free admission ticket without a guide, it’s only 10 euros.
2. Madrid Cathedral
Opposite the main palace is the central church of Madrid. Completed at the end of the 20th century, this is where Prince and Princess Astúias, Felipe and Letizia got married in 2004. Although this is not the most beautiful church when traveling Madrid, but the floor is The attic here is the best place to admire the beautiful skyline in Madrid.
The church is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 9pm. There is no admission fee to this place, but you are asked for a donation of 1 euro.
3. Plaza Mayor
This popular Madrid attraction appears on all tours, the square was once chosen to host bullfights, grand markets, concerts, tournaments and telling stories. even executions. Now, the square is filled with tourist shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s a great place to watch passers-by, have a drink at some of the cool bars (although prices are a bit steep), and there are occasional concerts and events as well.
4. Food tour
Madrid is home to a lot of world-class cuisine, and if you don’t know where to start, try a food tour. I tried one of those tours, and it was a wonderful Madrid dining experience, delicious, filling and fun. The tour lasted for 6 hours, and I was so full!
5. San Miguel Market
Located just off the central square of Plaza Mayor is the indoor market. There are many restaurants and food stalls here, serving a variety of delicious and surprisingly cheap food – in the heart of the city. I ate my fill with only 10 euros. In the evenings in Madrid , it’s crowded with locals looking for an after-work drink. This place is open from 10am to midnight.
6. Monastery of the Royal Barefoot
Built in the 16th century as the home of King Charles I, this lavish convent has an extremely large art collection, including many famous European works of art.
7. Naval Museum
This interesting museum will give you a detailed look at the history of the Spanish navy. They introduced in great detail the defeat of the British to the Armada army.
This place is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Admission is only 3 euros.
8. Royal Garden
An interesting attraction in Madrid is the royal garden. This place, built between 1797 and 1839, is located right opposite the Prado museum and has a very large lake, with a maze garden, a square, a fountain and lots of flowers. They have a small vegetable garden planted in the summer.
The garden is open daily from 10am. Depending on the season, they will close at 6pm or 9pm. Admission costs are euros.
9. Reina Sofia
This museum holds the largest collection of modern art in Madrid. They display many famous works by Pablo Picasso, as well as works by Miró, Kandinsky, Dalí and Bacon. You can come here without a ticket on Monday, Wednesday to Saturday, from 7pm to 9pm. In addition, other hours you will have to buy tickets for 10 euros.
The city of Madrid is an interesting city. I ate the best tapas, learned about history, culture, architecture and even a vibrant nightlife. The Madrid itinerary above has listed the city’s best highlights, and you can arrange a list for each day yourself depending on how many days you’ll be here. Let’s enjoy!