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Make the most of your weekend in Madrid.

If you’re thinking of a weekend getaway in Madrid, you’ve got the right idea. Madrid is a city that boasts plenty of culture, gastronomy, history, and fun, of course. To begin with, walking around the historic centre is a great thing to do, and you’re sure to be impressed by the art collections in the city’s many museums. When you start to get peckish, don’t worry: we have the best recommendations of some classic tapas bars so you can bar-hop in the order you fancy, trying the tastiest bites Madrid has to offer as you go. It’ll be an unforgettable weekend, so enjoy every second of your time in Spain’s capital city and leave wanting more.


Walk around the historic centre and visit iconic monuments

The best way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere, Madrileña way of life and the city's history is to explore on foot. Start your wander around the most iconic spots in the historic centre. Head to the Puerta del Sol and take a photo with the symbolic Bear and Strawberry Tree statue. Make sure you visit the jaw-dropping Plaza Mayor, and don't leave without visiting the Royal Palace, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Madrid that's witnessed many historic events over the years and is the largest palace in Western Europe. Walk through the giant doors and admire its beauty up close.

Soak up culture at Madrid’s museums

The Atlantic Ocean may have the Bermuda Triangle, but Madrid has its Golden Triangle of Art: the city’s three most famous museums. El Prado, Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum are close to one another, so you can visit all of them in a day and enjoy a thrilling journey through the history of art. And take advantage of the discounts and deals they offer; the Thyssen Museum, for example, is free to visit on Mondays, and the other two museums also offer free-entry time slots.

The true Madrid experience: bars, tapas and good vibes

Plan to get to Madrid with an appetite, as the choice of things to eat in the city is mouth-wateringly infinite. We like to dedicate a whole afternoon to bar-hopping around the most charming and tastiest spots. Where to begin? La Bodega de Ardosa in the Malasaña neighbourhood is really authentic, and their tortilla is spectacular. La Casa del Abuelo is a typical Spanish tavern where you can try traditional Spanish tapas, and you must order a glass of their very own sweet wine to wash down whatever tasty morsel you order. La Casa Labra’s speciality is cod croquettes, and on Calle Fuencarral you’ll find Orio, a Basque restaurant with a classic pintxos bar offering tapas in the typical San Sebastian style. To get around the city, the easiest way is definitely on the metro.