9.00-11.30 a.m. Awaken your senses with a good breakfast in one of the coffee shops placed in Plaza de Oriente. From their terrace or balconies, you will see the Royal Palace and the gardens located in front of it with its flower beds and statues of ancient kings. After that, visit the Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, its crypt, and go up to the dome. On Wednesdays (in autumn, spring, and winter) at 11.00 a.m. you can see the changing of the Royal Guard in front of the Puerta del Príncipe (Bailén street).
11.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m. Dive into the Madrid of the Habsburg. When you reach the Plaza Mayor, take a break, ask for a caña (beer) and a pincho de tortilla (slice of Spanish omelet) or a bocadillo de calamares (squid sandwich). Walk to Puerta del Sol and take a picture in front of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree statue (estatua del Oso y el Madroño), which is thesymbol of the city. Don´t waste the opportunity to buy an abanico (hand fan) in one of the souvenir shops around the area.
12.30-5.00 p.m. On the way to the Art Walk, leaving behind the building of the Spanish Parliament, with a sight of the Church of Los Jerónimos far in the distance, just behind the Prado Museum you will reach the Plaza de Neptuno. Take a look around you: the Thyssen Museum, the Madrid Stock Exchange, the Ritz Hotel, the Westin Palace Madrid Hotel and the Prado Museum: Madrid is a real luxury for the senses. A brunch in the Palace, the Prado Museum or one of the restaurants around this area is one of the best options.
Choose any of the museums, on Mondays we suggest you visit the. Reina Sofía Museum, since it is closed on Tuesdays. Seeing Picasso´s Guernica, as well as the rest of the contemporary and modern artwork that this museum houses is one of the most relaxing experiences.
5.00-9.00 p.m. After getting a feeling of the art, the time has come to take a walk to the Plaza de Cibeles, which has become a symbol of the city. After that, you have to go shopping on the Almirante or Prim streets, where you can find the main headquarters of the most avant-garde Spanish designers. If you prefer, you have Velázquez or Serrano streets nearby with some of the most exclusive shops.
9.00 p.m.-12.00 a.m. For dinner, we go to the Santa Ana Square to have a good wine and varied tapas. Now we are ready to enjoy the Madrid night: Huertas Street awaits us with dozens of bars and clubs to get the most out of Madrid at night.