Cultural Madrid: A three-day itinerary

Posted by City Discovery on April 14, 2011
Madrid receives the largest number of visitors than any other city in Spain. The city’s squares are continuously abuzz with people from all walks of life while churches, museums and other buildings have become major attractions. Even though Madrid has become highly modernized, it has preserved the aura of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Buildings like the Catederal de la Almudena and  Palacio Real as well as its parks and avenues are well-maintained and have become very popular among tourists.A three-day trip of Madrid provides visitors with ample time to explore the beauty of its culture and architecture while allowing them spare time to visit nearby destinations like Toledo, Andalucia, Segovia and Avila. Here is a suggested three-day itinerary for visitors in Madrid.
Day 1 – Full Day Tour of Madrid On A GoCar; Dinner and Flamenco Show At Night

Drive around Madrid on a GoCar, a two-seater with GPS car, and see the main sights like Catedral de la Almudena, Palacio Real, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá, Museo del Prado, Plaza de Toros- Las Ventas, and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid by Night

Take the panoramic night tour of Madrid and spend your evening watching the city’s squares and avenues all brightly illuminated. Then proceed to Torres Bermejas to watch a show of Spanish folklore and Flamenco or visit a night club with international artists.

Day 2- El Escorial in the Morning; Prado Museum in the Afternoon

In the morning of the second day, visit El Escorial, a monastery built in the 16th century. El Escorial is also a pantheon, a basilica, a convent, a school, a library, and a royal palace and houses the mausoleum of Spanish monarchs.

Escorial and Museo del Prado

By afternoon, check out the Prado Museum Private Walking Tour and see masterpieces by Goya, Velasquez, and other artists. The three-hour tour of the museum takes visitors to the museum’s collections complemented by lectures from an expert tour guide.

Day Three – Full Day in Toledo

Toledo Full Day Tour

Toledo’s Gothic and Renaissance buildings and narrow streets and alleys are a must-see with the a full day tour. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire.

Visit the interior of the Cathedral of Saint Mary, explore the Church of St. Tome and pass by the old Jewish quarter and other important churches and buildings in Toledo.

Watch a short audio-visual presentation about Toledo before leaving for Damasquino, renowned for its local handicrafts.

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