If you have 24 hours to spare, and are craving a city which offers interesting history and culture, world-class shopping and food and art galleries which are dotted around the city, and excellent nightlife, Madrid is the perfect answer.
There is a real architectural elegance to this pretty capital city, which is interspersed with both historical and modern structures. It is also one of the top destinations for art lovers thanks to its overwhelming collection of museums and galleries.
However, the beauty of Madrid is that it caters for everyone, and strikes the right balance between rich cultural history and activities which may have a more relaxing appeal such as shopping, eating and drinking.
You can easily see Madrid and all it has to offer in 24 hours and that is why this is a great destination for a short break.
Food here is hearty and fresh and there is a real emphasis on quality and locally sourced ingredients. Naturally there are some fabulous places to indulge your passion for food and you simply cannot miss sampling some authentic Sangria.
The nightlife here is undoubtedly renowned and you will find plenty of clubs to dance the night away until the early hours of the morning when you can enjoy a traditional breakfast from one of the many eateries.
Madrid really does have it all and here is your guide to experiencing it all in just 24 hours!
Art Galleries and Museums
Madrid is known world-wide for its stunning collection of art and the galleries and Museums that are so prevalent in the city.
It would be a shame to miss seeing any of the beautiful galleries such as Museo del Prado which is bursting at the seams with Royal collections of works of art and which is probably one of the most popular galleries in Madrid.
Madrid has great shopping with a diverse mix of goods on offer and means this is one activity that you should definitely include in your 24 hour jaunt. From designer boutiques to bohemian shops, there is always a bargain or two to be found.
Visit the main shopping areas such as Chueca or Salamanca, affectionately known as the ‘golden mile, which offers designer goods or head to Fuencarral market where you can find trendy clothes as reasonable prices. El Rastro market is full of bargains and crammed with every item you can possibly imagine!
Food & Drink
After visiting art galleries and shopping, you will probably need to refuel and what better place than Madrid to do just that! Madrid is known for its hearty and tasty food and includes delicious stews with all sorts of fresh ingredients.
Try some authentic beef and vegetable stew or indulge in some tapas which is widely available throughout the city.
Calamari is particularly delicious and served with slices of fresh lemon – a great way to refuel before continuing your 24 hour stay in Madrid.
Try areas such as Puerta del Sol for a mind blowing array of places to eat and wash it all down with some freshly made Sangria!
Nightlife in Madrid
You cannot visit Madrid and not sample it’s amazing nightlife – some of the best night clubs on the planet can be found in Madrid and the sentiment that Madrid never sleeps is very true.
After a late evening supper, check out the selection of nightclubs which are often very busy but which each offers something totally unique.
From upmarket clubs which often have long queues, to smaller establishments that give a more intimate feel, Madrid is a perfect choice for a great evening out and a fabulous way to round off your 24 hours in this amazing city.
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