Excited? You should be and we are too. Thus, there’s a lot to explore in this beautiful city.
This article is part of our guide for one week in Spain.
Furthermore, we are keen to share here our best insider tips to spend one week in Madrid and its surroundings. Also, we added a few great day trips that we loved.
We cover in this guide:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Madrid
- How to get around
- What to see in Madrid
- Things to do in Madrid
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Madrid
- Itinerary for Madrid
- Packing List
- City Map
In this guide, we will discuss with you the essential things to know whether you are 3 days in Madrid or a full weekend.
Plus, giving you the best insider tips on the places to visit, things to do, delicacies to try and reminders you should keep an eye on.
Moreover, we are here to guide you basically from planning your trip until you step foot in the city of Madrid and its neighboring cities. Just like a traveler yourself, it makes us happy to share what we know and help others have a memorable trip.
So let’s get this rolling. We now officially welcome you to your one week in Madrid!
1. Madrid for Beginners
Madrid is a big city. No surprise here.
Moreover, it can be quite overwhelming with all its different districts, the sights to see, the accommodations, and transport.
However, with all our information that we will share with you through this guide, you will be able to spend a marvelous one week in Madrid, stress-free. Further, here are the basics you need to know.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: The official language is Spanish.
Population: 3.1 million
Known for: Aside from Madrid is the capital of Spain, it is also known to have the oldest and still existing restaurant in the world.
Moreover, the world also knows Madrid for its famous football team, Real Madrid. Plus, they are also recognized for their calamari sandwiches which you should try.
Another, don’t miss to visit “The center of all the roads in Spain”, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. It’s the geographical center of Spain which only a few know.
Best time to visit: Our favorite time to visit Madrid is in Spring from May to June and Autumn from September to November.
On the other hand, winters can be surprisingly cold with even snow. While the hot summer months of July and August can be extremely hot with temperatures of 35°C and more.
Accommodation: Just like any other European city, Madrid is loaded with great luxury hotels to middle-ranking hotels. Similarly, you can also find friendly-budget hostels as well as good apartments for your one week in Madrid.
Public Transport: The best way to get around the city is through the Metro, bus, and bikes. Hence, the bus and metro are very well connected.
Find more details on how to get around Madrid.
Safety: Pick-pockets are the #1 “threat” in the city. Even though Madrid is safer than hot-spots like Barcelona and Rome, it is still a big European city. Therefore, pick-pocketing is common, unfortunately.
Moreover, physical violence, meaning robbery is very rare. Pick-pockets are usually only after your wallet and smartphone. Pay attention especially in the major tourist destinations