Do you have a couple of days off and want to take the opportunity to visit the capital? If you’re wondering where to go for a weekend getaway, Madrid is the place for you. Here are the most emblematic places and the best plans you can’t miss. Take a look at what you can visit in a weekend.
Madrid de los Austrias
One of the most beautiful areas of Madrid is the route of Madrid de los Austrias or Old Madrid. On this route you will find the most characteristic monuments and architectural works from the time of the reign of the Habsburgs, between the 16th and 17th centuries. You can do it in a morning or an afternoon; depending on the stops you make, it can take between 2 and 3 hours. Start at the Puerta del Sol, where you will also see the monument of the El Oso y el Madroño and the kilometer 0 plaque, from where all Spanish roads start. Continue to the Royal Theatre, the Royal Palace and the Sabatini Gardens.
The walk around the area is very touristy and not to be missed. Also, if you continue on, you will find the famous Almudena Cathedral and its viewpoint, from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the city. The route continues along Calle Mayor and the San Miguel Market, where you can taste delicacies such as Iberian ham, Manchego cheese and other tapas. The tour ends in the Plaza Mayor, a place to finish off with a good squid sandwich. Here are the best places to eat the capital’s most typical dish.
The trendiest neighborhoods
San Bernardo street, where the Akeah hotel is located, is one of the nerve centers of the trendiest neighborhoods, Malasaña. It is an area famous for its vintage clothes shops, its restaurants with ground-breaking proposals and its nightlife. We recommend you to walk around the area and let yourself be surprised by the decoration of its streets, its urban art and its continuous party atmosphere. There are also many restaurants and bars where you can have a drink, such as Pez Tortilla, one of the best tortillas in Madrid, or Delish Vegan Doughnuts, with delicious vegan pastries.
Another neighborhood close to Gran Vía is Chueca, one of Madrid’s buzziest nightlife areas. If you decide to spend a weekend evening in the area, you’ll find legendary bars and places that are a reference point for Madrid’s party life. What’s more, Chueca is the LGTBQ+ community’s neighborhood of reference in Madrid, making it the best place to enjoy the Pride festivities, which are held in July. Here you can consult the program of the celebrations to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
The green areas
If you come to Madrid this summer, we recommend you escape the heat in the city’s many green areas. The capital is full of parks with different types of vegetation, trees and plants. In addition, many of them have picnic tables, routes for jogging or walking and fountains or lakes. In the center of the city, just a 15-minute walk from Gran Vía, you will find El Retiro. This is Madrid’s park par excellence, famous for its lake where you can take a boat ride and enjoy the views from the water. You can also visit the Palacio de Cristal, which often hosts various exhibitions, or just stroll around and admire nature.
The Parque del Oeste is also very close to the center, next to Plaza España. In this area you will find the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian building that Madrid received as a gift. The temple’s viewpoint is one of the best places to watch the golden hour and the Madrid sunset.
Madrid is a city with a wide range of cultural, gastronomic and artistic offerings. So we recommend that, if you have time during your trip, don’t miss Estación del Arte. Here you can visit the best museums in Madrid, such as Reina Sofía and Thyssen. You can also enjoy the offer of musicals and plays, you can check here the best musicals of this month. Without a doubt, Madrid is a city you never stop getting to know, so we hope that this visit is just to whet your appetite and that you come back soon.