Madrid, Spain’s capital city, is known for its culturally rich cosmopolitan outlook, best football clubs, elegant gardens, liveliest nightlife, friendly inhabitants, charming bars & taverns, tempting shopping, spectacular architecture, and exciting history. Let’s explore Majestic Madrid Attractions in this post or read about the best things to do in Madrid with a Madrid itinerary 3 days.
Madrid Attractions – Madrid Itinerary 3 Days
There are many tourist attractions in this beautiful city which at least requires 5 to 6 days to cover. But the main ones can be done within 3 days. I took 3 days to cover the following attractions. Also, many natural attractions near Madrid are not to be missed. Read here to unwind into nature near Madrid. Read about the best stays in Madrid and its neighborhoods.
Buen Retiro Park (Park of Pleasant Retreat in English)
This park is the first biggest and most magnificent park in Madrid. It houses beautiful sculptures & monuments, peaceful lakes, galleries, countless statues & fountains many varieties of plants/trees. It also hosts live events.
Royal Palace of Madrid
It is the official residence of the Spanish Royal family at city of Madrid.
Regular royal bands and horse parades are going on the specific interval of times which should not be missed. Click here to book your Madrid City tour.
The Plaza Mayor is a grand symmetrical rectangular square with uniform architecture. It is a very famous Plaza among tourists and locals. Many acrobats, performers, and live street shows make this place more lively. Therefore it is one of the most fun things to do in Madrid.
Museo Nacional Del Prado and Thyssen Bornemissa Museum
These museums are almost 200 years old and considered treasures of the world’s finest collections comprising European art and paintings from the 12th century. Also this museum is known as the Museum of Painters.
Puerta Del Sol
It is a public square in Madrid which is very busy and crowded. A concise walk from Plaza Mayor.
Temple of Debod
It is an Egyptian temple which was actually built in Aswan(Southern Egypt) but dismantled and rebuilt in Madrid. It is located near to Royal Palace and situated in beautiful parks known as West Park.
Puerta De Alcala
This iconic gate was built to welcome king Charles III in the 18th century. Now it is a national monument located at Independence Square in City Center, which is a few meters away from Buen Retiro Park.
Walking along Gran Via
This is a famous street in Madrid, also known as Broadway of Spain. Gran Via is an upscale shopping street in central Madrid with exciting entertainment options, cinemas, live shows. This is not to be missed place in Madrid.
Formerly known as the Palace of Communications, it is a colossal building and one of Madrid’s landmark. It is a splendorous and stunning monument palace.
Real Madrid Football club
World famous Football team Real Madrid’s official place.
Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
This Basilica is Madrid’s grand old church. It is a Roman Catholic church in central Madrid. The dome of this basilica is the largest in Spain and the fourth largest in the world.
Madrid Itinerary 3 Days can be split into
- Walking along the shopping streets. (Shopaholics)
- Relaxing in Gardens/Parks (Nature Lovers)
- Visit world-famous Museums and Palaces( Art and Sculpture lovers)
- Explore some non-touristy things in Madrid which are equally exciting as famous spots of Madrid.
- Grab some drinks and enjoy live dance shows. I went to Cafe De Chinitas to live Spanish music and dance shows.(Party lovers).
- Click here to book your live Flamenco Dance performance at historical Torres Bermejas tablao or Cafe Ziryab(newly opened in 2015)
- Go for a food tour and visit some interesting Tapas in Madrid
- Go for best day trips from Madrid to nearby places.
- Visit the world’s famous football clubs/stadiums (sports lovers)
There are many things to do in Madrid, but there is always a lack of time. So better plan wisely your day to cover most of the places. But the benefit of Madrid is that this city does not sleep. Evenings and late nights are lively, so we have more time to explore Madrid. The best time to visit Madrid is spring & summer, but the winters of Madrid are also fantastic. Read more about Madrid in winter.
My recommendations for Things To Do In Madrid
- Stay near Gran Via.
- Go for live shows, enjoy lively evenings of Madrid
- Use Public transport.
- Read about cost of Travel – Madrid price guide.
- Shopping is good in Madrid. Go for a nearby side trip or a day trip to Toledo from Madrid. Click here to book your day trip to Toledo from Madrid.
- Madrid is very photogenic and therefore knows more about Instagram worthy spots in Madrid.
Day Trips From Madrid – 3 Days In Madrid Itinerary
- Click here to book your day trip to Segovia and Toledo from Madrid.
- Click here to know why you should book for El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen memorial tour.
- Click here to book the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, located on the cliffs of the Huécar River gorge.
- Visit Avila and Salamanca and click here to book this trip in advance.
- Click here to book day trip to Avila and Segovia
Many other cities in Spain can be visited from Madrid through rail network or road journey. I hope you loved reading about best things to do in Madrid in this Madrid itinerary 3 days with some of the best Madrid attractions.
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