The sun-drenched city of Madrid is lively, colourful and won't let you go. The buildings are grand, impressive and beautiful. The streets are bustling and sociable. The Spanish atmosphere and people are warm. This is Madrid! Madrid can keep you busy for quite some time, but in a weekend break alone, you can already discover much of the city.
Where should you start? In 48 hours, we'll take you to the different hotspots and hidden gems in the city. You'll be well prepared to kick off your weekend in Madrid. It's so handy!
Day 1 - During the day
You'll certainly want to start your first day in Madrid in the best way. Discover a typical Spanish lunch as your breakfast: bread with tomato and olive oil. And where better to have it than the lovely restaurant Café de Oriente, which opens at 8:30 every morning? Mornings in Madrid are often pleasantly warm, but not hot. Perfect for enjoying breakfast on the terrace! A peaceful start to the day, while watching the lively streets of Madrid.
Day 1 - Night
After a long day walking through the tourist highlights of Madrid, your legs will of course need a few hours of rest. That's why you can have a special dinner at the restaurant Mezklum. There you can enjoy delicious Spanish cuisine just as the ancient Roman emperors did, namely in bed! So stretch your legs and enjoy the delicious food while you doze off on the soft pillows.
Time for your second day in Madrid! No need to rush out of bed; have a lie-in. You can then enjoy a sweet breakfast with porras con chocolate. These are thick churros that you can only find in Spain. You dip them in tasty hot chocolate. They're delicious!
Day 2 - During the day
After a well-earned breakfast, take the metro to the Temple of Debod. This temple is very different from the ornate houses you usually find in Madrid. The building is a replica of an Egyptian temple dating back to 200 BC, and is one of the few Egyptian works outside Egypt. You can visit it for free and enjoy the exotic architecture.
Day 2 - Night
After a busy day, it's always nice to relax with a good meal. A typical Madrid dish is cocido, also called Cocido madrileño. This stew of peas and vegetables with Spanish spices is originally a winter dish, but is also served in many restaurants in summer. The best cocido madrileño can be found at Malacatín. This restaurant specialises in this delicious dish and you receive large portions of hearty food for your money.