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24 Hours in Madrid: 101 Things To Do And See


By Ivana Smiljanić

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Ivana is a wanderlust creative writer, proofreader & a freelance blogger. When she is not storytelling, she enjoys binge watching her favourite shows, chain laughing with her favourite humans and avidly reading about hot topics of the day. Although there’s a bit of charcoal here or there, Santa Claus still believes in her.


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The capital of Spain is one of the Europe’s brightest gems, a true treasury of European history, culture, art and unique spirit.

Amazing architecture, exquisite art, mouthwatering food, beautiful parks and gardens, world class wines, exciting nightlife – Madrid has it all, but in my opinion, the true magic of this city lies in its people. With their endless kindness, friendliness and positive vibes they will teach you so much about life. The way they enjoy sipping wine on a sunny afternoon or reading a book while lying on a blanket in a park, or just eternal smiles on their faces will remind you how precious life really is and how cherished every single moment should be.

If you were lucky enough to find yourself in this unbelievable city and are not sure what you can do, we’ve got you covered. Here you will find everything you need to know in order to spend the prefect 24 hours visiting the best places in Madrid.

Morning

Breakfast (possible duration time: half an hour)

You will need a lot of energy to take you through the day, so start your Spanish adventure the right way – indulge in sugary, chocolaty goodness that are churros. It is a very popular breakfast in Spain – deep fried piped pastry dipped in hot chocolate sauce. You can find this treat on pretty much every corner, but the most famous place that serves them is Chocolatería San Ginés, located just next to Puerta del Sol which, as you will see, is the starting point for getting anywhere in Madrid.

If you need something savory to start your day, opt for tortilla española, delicious omelette with potatoes and often onions. I like mine best some freshly squeezed orange juice, which is very popular breakfast beverage and top things to do while visiting Madrid in 24 hours.

You must have heard about tapas, the most popular Spanish snacks and appetizers. It is basically any kind of Spanish cuisine served in small portions, often on pieces of bread for easier consumption. This can be a perfect breakfast, and my favorite place to have them is Los 100 montaditos. It is a chain of pubs that offers a variety of one hundred different tapas (essentially sandwiches). You can find them all over the city( I recommend the one next to the Segovia bridge), and they also have a happy hour when everything is just 1 euro!

Another typical Spanish breakfast is tostada con tomate y aceite (toasted bread with crushed tomatoes, olive oil and, if you’d like, some garlic) – try it in Penti!

If you are not really a breakfast kind of person, you could, as many Spaniards do, start your 24 hours in Madrid with some café con leche (coffee with milk).

Now that you are full and energized, take the rest of the morning for the city tour. A great thing about Madrid is that almost all of its sites and attractions are in the city center, a walking distance from one another. If you are visiting Madrid, this are the places you shouldn’t miss:

City tour (possible duration: 3-3.5 hours)

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Like I said, everything starts at Puerta del Sol (Gate of Sun).  This square is one of the most well-known places in the city, always busy and full of life. It is also the metro station that you need if you want to get to the city center (Sol).

Tip:  When you are spending 24 hours in Madrid, you might need no public transportation at all, depending on where your accommodation is located. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that the best deal is 10-trip tickets that you can use for both metro and bus rides, and it costs €12.20.

For airport rides, taxi has fixed price of €30, which is pretty fair (if you have company), considering that one-way bus ride will cost you €7.50-8.

As long as you are here, stand at kilómetro cero’’ and you will be standing right in the center of the whole country of Spain. This is the starting point of Spanish crossroads.

You will notice a huge statue of a bear with a tree, that Spaniards call El oso y el madroño. It represents the coat of arms of Madrid, and it’s one of its most famous landmarks.

You have probably heard about popular Spanish tradition called Twelve grapes (“Las doceuvas de la suerte”) that consists of eating a grape for each time when the bell strikes at midnight of December 31. Here you will see the clock whose bells mark the eating., making it the popular thing to do during your 24-hour Madrid visit.

From Sol, take a short walk to the grandiose Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s most famous square that dates back to the end of the 15th century.  It was built under the Spanish king Charles III whose statue is in the square’s center.

Even though you will pay it a few euros too many, spoil yourself with café con lechein one of the several cafes located here and soak up the lavish beauty of former center of “Old Madrid” which looks almost frozen in that time.

Wonder through old, narrow streets around Plaza Mayor, full of interesting bars and shops. They kept their authentic rustic look and for a moment or two you will feel like you are in some charming medieval town and indeed it is a 24 hour Madrid visit’s top thing to do.

Now it’s time to come back to 21st century by strolling down the vibrant Gran Via, central street also known as “Spanish Broadway” due to its large number of movie theaters. You will be amazed by the extraordinary architecture surrounding you, every single building here looks like a classical monument.

This street is a shopping mecca. From H&M and Zara, to Nyx and Body shop, it is packed with every popular brand you could think of. My personal highlight is 4-story Primark, known for its extremely low prices and best place to visit while spending 24 hours in Madrid.

At the western end of Gran Via, there is Plaza de España, large square where you can take the photograph of one of Madrid’s most famous landscapes: a monument of the greatest Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes with statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza set between it and the artificial pond, and Torre de Madrid and Edifficio España, two glorious skyscrapers, in the background.

One quick walk will take you to gorgeous Sabatini gardens. Take a moment to rest and let yourself feel like a true royal surrounded by fountains, statues, geometrically groomed trees and a beautiful pool to experience once in life time memory during your 24 hours stay in Madrid.

The stairs will then take you up to the big plateau where you will see incredibly detailed, dreamy, fairytale looking carousel with horses and carriages. It is highly Instagrammable!

When you are spending 24 hours in Madrid, this is in top 3 must-sees: Palacio Real. Royal Palace is a gorgeous, monumental mixture of neoclassicism and baroque. The royal family doesn’t reside here anymore, it is used only for official visits, so it has become one of the greatest Spanish museums. It would really be a shame to miss going in for a tour. Among all the paintings, furniture and other luxury artifacts, you will see the original 16th century weapon that belonged to Charles V.

Tip: The waiting lines in front of all the attractions can get really long, and you can save time by purchasing the tickets online. Also, every attraction has a limited time during the day, or a whole day during the week, when the entrance is free, but be prepared for the queues.

Right next to the Palace, there is one of the most important Spanish churches whose magnificence will leave you speechless – Almudena Cathedral. It was built in a place of the medieval mosque that was destroyed in 1803 when Alfonso VI reconquered Madrid. The church was done in neo-gothic style and it is decorated with the artworks of many contemporary artists, making it the must see sights while spending 24 hours in Madrid.

The Muslim Walls of Madrid are the oldest constructions in the city, former parts of the fortress around which urban Madrid developed. They were built in the 9th century, and the most important remains of those walls are situated just across the street from Almudena, in the park of Mohamed I.

If you had up north, only a few minutes of walking will take you to Mercado San Miguel. Mercado means market in Spanish, but this is not your average market where you go on Saturday morning to pick up some lettuce and bananas. No, this is quite elegant (and pricey) place where you can taste and buy all sorts of traditional Spanish delicacies.

It is a perfect opportunity to try one of the Spanish trademarks, without which your 24 hours in Madrid wouldn’t be complete – famous jamón. There are two main kinds – jamónibérico and jamónserrano. With exclusiveness and quality comes the price, so be prepared to pay about €10 for a 100g portion.

Afternoon

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Lunch (possible duration time: 1.5 hour)

Now that we’ve covered all of the essentials, it is time to indulge in classics of Mediterranean cuisine and have some lunch. Here are my favorite restaurants and specialties you shouldn’t miss while experiencing the top things to do in Madrid in 24 hours:

From the market, you will need about 10-12 minutes to come to charming and elegant wine bar called La Vinoteca, my favorite lunch place. Their chefs take tapas on whole new level, making these elevated, high-end, sophisticated meals out of it.

Choose your own platter with shrimps, cured meats, guacamole, olives, queso, nuts and a variety of other delicious ingredients served on top of a crispy toasted homemade bread. I always go for chicken curry with raisins and cashews – it’s pure decadence. Ask the sommelier for some wine recommendations and enjoy.

If you want some exclusivity, check out celebrities’ favorite Casa Lucio, quite expensive but amazing restaurant, and try huevosrotos – Spanish signature dish consisting of eggs, potatoes and ham.

Although originally Valencian, paella is probably most well-known Spanish dish around the world, so take some time out of your 24 hours Madrid visit to taste it. It is rice based dish with a lot of spices and can include chicken, vegetables, shrimps… Check out the restaurant El Arrozal!

Especially pleasant during long, hot summer days, famous tomato based cold vegetable soup gazpacho will give you the refreshment that you need and let you have a taste of authentic Spain.

If you are on a budget, or just want to get a great deal, search for the menu del dia offer – for about 5-10 euros you will get meal that usually consists of 2 dishes, a dessert and one drink. You get a ton of great food for a very reasonable price, what’s not to like?!

Speaking of desserts, why not sweeten your day with flan? This thick and creamy vanilla flavored treat with caramel sauce will awake all of your senses and it’s a perfect way to finish your lunch-

Okay, now that you’ve regained your strength, it is time to choose how you want to spend your afternoon. You can soak up the European artistic and historical heritage, enjoy the fairytale looking scenery of Madrid’s parks or touch the grass on which soccer royalty like Ronaldo, Zidane and Ramos performed their magic…let’s fill up your interesting things to do in 24 hours in Madrid in the best way!

Museums (possible duration time: at least 1-2 hour per one museum + queues)

Even though there are about 50 different museums in Madrid, we all know which one is the superstar here. Museo del Prado is one of the best art museums in the world that holds one of the finest collections of European renaissance and baroque art covering the period from 12th to the beginning of the 20th century. You will see the masterpieces of artistic giants that are Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt, Van Dyke, Titian, Rubens, Rafael, Botticceli…You could easily spend the whole day lost in its hallways.

It is less than 15 minutes of walking away from Puerta del Sol and the entrance is €15, which is pricey, but completely justified.

Tip: Official website states that there are students’ discounts, but I wasn’t approved one since my documents were written in cyrillic letter (even though some other places did accept it), so depending on where you come from, this could be a bit of an issue.

If classical art is not really your thing, just 3 metro rides away from Puerta del Sol there is art center and museum Reina Sofia, concentrated on modern art. Highlights are the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, whose “Guernica” is the main star. There is a number of fun things to do in 24 hours in Madrid: 

You can wonder through many galleries that host national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art;

Check out big free-access art library;

 On each of its four floors you will find a darkened corner where movies are played with a bench and headphones waiting for you;

Take a ride in its gorgeous panoramic lift and snap some amazing pictures.

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is located near Prado and along with Reina Sofia they make a “Golden triangle of art”. Thyssen fills the gaps in collections of other two museums, with the highlights being Van Gogh’s “Les Vessenots à Auvers” and Dali’s “Dream”, making it thepopular things to do in Madrid in 24-hour.

The Ceralbo museum is housed in historical mansion and holds the collection of over 50,000 objects. It used to be the greatest private collection in Spain owned by marquis of Ceralbo. Across two floors you can see paintings, furniture, engravings and works by Tintoretto, El Greco, Carracci…

Museo del Romanticismo is a very interesting museum housed in 18th century palace and consists of more than 20 rooms.  You can see what used to be the gathering place of romantic writers and a room dedicated to the famous Spanish writer Mariano José de Larra.

You can visit the house of renowned 16th century Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega. Walking through this now museum, you get a chance to see and learn many interesting things about his life, and even visit the room in which he died.

If you are curious about history and anthropology, had over to the Serrano street and start exploring the four floors filled artifacts from prehistory to modern era, famous sculpture Lady of Elche and Egyptian, Greek, Islamic and Roman collection. The highlights of the Museo Arqueológico are finds of the Iberian Pininsula, and my personal favorite, replica of Altamira cave. Also, the museum is located in a very interesting part of the city with many curiosities that could make your Madrid visit in 24 hours even more beautiful:

If you are into luxury shopping, you will absolutely love the Serrano street! It is full of high-end stores and brands.

Just a few minutes of walking from this street will take you to the Plaza de la Indepencia de Madrid, where you will spot amazing neo-classical monument known as Puerta de Alcalá, first modern European post-Roman victory arch, older than the famous one in Paris.

When you head towards the center from this plaza, you will come across probably the most breathtaking building in the whole city – Palacio de Cibeles. This magnificent and enormous complex with white façade used to be city’s main post office known as Palacio de Communicaciones and Palacio de Telecomunicaciones, but from 2011. serves as a city hall and the best place to visit while spending 24 hours in Madrid.

For all of you that are wax figures fans, the place you shouldn’t miss is Museo de Cera de Madrid, with an interesting collection representing many famous historical and modern personalities. It is located in Paseo de Recoletos.

You can catch another amazing glimpse of the lives of famous artists such as Goya, Dali or Picasso by visiting The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando where these notables have studied. The academy now serves as an art museum and an exhibition space, and it will give you the opportunity to see Goya’s famous self-portraits, among other artworks.

For science lovers, visiting the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Spain (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales de España) is an interesting thing to do while spending 24 hours in Madrid. It hosts five permanent exhibitions:

-Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology;

-Evolutionary Ecology;

-Paleobiology;

-Vulcanology;

-Geology.

Another interesting anthropological museum is Museum of the Americas. The main exhibition is dedicated to American society and religion with the artifacts dating back all the way to the Paleolithic period. Highlight of the museum is codex Tudela –pictorial Aztec codex that originates from the 16th century.

Located in Gran Via, Espacio Fundación Telefónica is a 6000 m2 “space” created by Telefónica Foundation with desire of connecting society with creativity, innovation and technology through various exhibitions, concerts and workshops

The Museum of Costume (Museo del Traje) is another interesting place you can visit while spending 24 hours in Madrid. It tries to show the evolution of Spanish fashion industry through its exhibitions, displaying costumes originating from Middle Ages all the way to the contemporary fashion designers’ pieces.

You can find out some new facts about the city you are visiting in Museum of History of Madrid (Museo de Historia de Madrid) which covers the period from 1561, the year when Madrid became the capital of Spain, to the beginning of the 20th century.

National Library of Spain, one of the largest libraries in the world, is located in Madrid and its museum, formerly known as the Museum of the book, will give you extremely valuable educational and historical insight into the institution.

Parks of Madrid (possible duration time: 2 hours per park)

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El Retiro

If you don’t know how to spend 24 hours in Madrid, you could simply go to his majesty El Retiro and your whole day would be filled. This park (it is called park, but it’s a huge complex) belonged to the Spanish monarchy until 19th century, when it became public. It spreads over 350 acres of land and offers so many different activities, attractions and magical photo opportunities:

A great way to spend your afternoon, especially if you have little ones, is to make a picnic in one of Retiro’s beautiful gardens. Madrileñoscome here all the time with their blankets to hang out, relax or read enjoying the incredible surroundings.

Tip: Generally speaking, prices in Madrid are surprisingly affordable, especially for the city of that caliber. If you need to stock up for your picnic, or need any groceries, find one of the many Dia markets in the city, a discount store that will make you forget all about Lidl, it is unbelievably cheap. It has its own bakery, with a lot of fresh and very delicious pastries, and a variety of good quality pre-cooked dishes.

Take the boat ride across the grand pond next to which you will see the monument to King Alfonso VII.

There is another artificial pond full of ducks and swans that you can feed.

Right behind this pond, there is probably the most prominent feature of this park – Cristal Palace (Palacio de Cristal). This conservatory, built in 1887 in the shape of the Greek cross, serves as the space for many international exhibitions, the must see sight during your 24 hours Madrid visit.

Another exhibition hall that you can visit here is Palacio de Velasquez, named after the architect Ricardo Velasquez Bosco. It holds temporary exhibitions of Spain’s National Museum of the Modern Art and different kinds of seminars, lectures and performances.

You can take a walk through breathtaking Rosaleda (rose garden), from where you will see possibly the only known public monument to Satan – sculpture El ÁngelCaido (Fallen Angel). It represents Lucifer falling down from Heaven, and it is a main component of the magnificent Fountain of the Fallen Angel, making it the best thing to do during 24 hours Milan visit.

There are some remaining buildings of BuenRetiro Palace that now hold museum collections, where you can see some works by Spanish painter Joaquin Sorrola.

You can see a selection of statues of Spanish kings from the Royal Palace in the Paseo De la Argentina.

You can pay respects to the victims of Madrid’s 2004 bombing attacks in the Forest of Remembrance (Bosque del recuerdo), a special monument dedicated to them.

There are multiple playgrounds for children, including the stone slide in the Palacio Cristal.

A lot of different cultural and holiday events and performances are organized in here – from book fair and concerts to muppet shows and fortune storytelling.

In Retiro, you can check out the oldest tree in the city, Montezuma cypress, which dates back to the 1633.

Parque del Oeste (Western Park)

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The park is situated next to the Moncloa district, and among its amazing greenery, gardens and fountains, you will get to see the original ancient Egyptian temple that originates from the 9th century.  It is called Temple of Debod and it was donated to Spain by Egypt in 1968 as a sign of gratitude for help that Spain provided in saving the Abu Simbel Temples.

This park offers another thrilling experience that you can’t miss when spending 24 hours in Madrid-gondola lift trip that will take you to Casa de Campo, another famous park.

Casa de Campo (Country House)

Once a royal hunting estate, this park is the largest one in Madrid and offers a number of fun things to do in Madrid in 24 hours, especially great for children:

There is an amusement park called Parque de Atracciones de Madrid that spreads over 20 hectares and consists of four different zones:

Zona Tranquilidad which has the lightest rides, restaurant, a shooting gallery and a jumping trampoline;

Zona del Maquinismo with roller coasters;

Zona de la Naturaleza with water rides and amazing vegetation;

Nickelodeon land, zone for kids where they can meet their favorite characters from Nickelodeon programs.

Another great attraction for kids is Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, with 20 hectares of land which includes a zoo, a petting zoo, aquarium, a dolphin exhibit and aviary and where you can see giant pandas, one of the rarest animal species.

At the drop-off point of gondola, there is a restaurant which provides amazing overlook of Madrid.

You can simply breathe in the beauty of Madrid’s untouched natural beauty in one of the many free areas.

Here are some other suggestions on how to spend the afternoon when staying in Madrid for 24 hours:

Stadium tours (possible duration time: 1.5 hours plus transportation)

If you are a soccer fan, then you can’t spend 24 hours in Madrid without visiting the home of one of the greatest clubs in the world – Real Madrid’s 5 stars Santiago Bernabeu stadium. For 25 euros worth of ticket, you will get the tour through club’s history and accomplishments by seeing the field, the museum with trophies and jerseys where you can watch the clips of its greatest moments, the conference room and even the players’ changing rooms and the bus. The stadium has its own metro station along the line 10, or you can get there with buses 14, 27, 40, 43, 120, 147 and 150.

If you are Atletico fan, then you could visit the new Wanda Metropolitano stadium, one of the most modern stadiums in the world, originally built for Madrid’s unsuccessful bid for the Olympics. The ticket prices start at 19 euros, and the easiest way to get to the stadium is using the metro line 7 to the Las Musas station.

Tip: Spaniards are very kind and always ready to help, so if you need some directions don’t hesitate to ask, but keep in mind that the vast majority of them doesn’t speak any English.

Rooftop pools (possible duration time: 2-3 hours)

If you crave some refreshment on a hot day, you could spoil yourself with an amazing experience of swimming in one of the Madrid’s rooftop pools while spending 24 hours to visit Madrid. There are a lot of hotels such as Dear Hotel Madrid and Hotel Emperador that offer this pleasure, you just need to make an online reservation.

The price points vary, but they start at about 25 euros and go (waaay) up. Is there a more perfect way to spend the afternoon in Madrid then enjoying the luxuries of contemporary time with the overview of long European history and Spanish landscapes, spiced up with a glass of delicious ice-cold sangria? You deserve it!

Tip: Spain has specific climate, with extremely hot summers and very cold winters, so the best time for visiting would be either spring or autumn.

Madrid Rio (possible duration time: 1-2 hours)

This is huge recreational and cultural area developed around river Manzaneros, with a number of attractions and activities. Although often overlooked in guides and recommendations for what to do in Madrid, it could be a great addition to your 24 hours in Madrid itinerary:

You can spend some lovely family time here, since it is full of parks and nature, cafes and restaurants and interesting children’s playgrounds that are divided by age.

The former slaughterhouse, Matadero, now represents a big cultural complex, with exhibition spaces, documentary cinema, outdoor markets and a large offering of different events, performances and concerts that take place here.

Right across from the Matadero, in 2017 a huge shopping center called Plaza Rio 2 erupted, with over 160 different stores and beautiful Mirador (Viewpoint).

Soccer lovers, here is another gift for you to experience Vicente Calderón Stadium while visiting Madrid in 24 hours– here you can see the stadium that was Atletico Madrid’s home until 2017 – the Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Particularly interesting component of Madrid Rio are its bridges. From the picturesque monumental 16th century bridge Puente de Segovia to the futuristic Arganzuela footbridge, huge spiral metal tube covered with mesh, it is very intriguing to see this collision of contrasts spending 24 hours in Madrid.

Madrid Rio has its very own beach, created by the specially designed fountains, where locals love to escape from the Spanish heat.

Locals use this area for recreation as well – from jogging and biking to skateboarding in a skate park – every action loving person will find something for themselves.

El Rastro (possible duration time: 1-2 hours)

This is the most popular open-air flea market to experience while exploring 24 hours in Madrid, which you will get the chance to visit if you find yourself in Spain’s capital on a Sunday, or any public holiday. It is located south of the La Latina metro station, and you can get there using Line 2 from the Sol.

From clothes, collectibles and artworks, to domestic animals, curiosities and food, there is nothing you won’t be able to find among 3500 stalls of the market and its surrounding streets and shops. It is open from early morning to 3 or 4 in the afternoon. If you want to bargain, you should come in the early morning, and if you just want to experience this phenomenon it is advised to come around 11 am.

Evening

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After today’s historical, artistic and gastronomical overload, there is still so much to experience! Remember that Madrid has its own lifestyle: the nights are long, with late dinners and going out long after midnight, hence the popular tradition of Spanishsiesta (afternoon naps).

This is the city that never sleeps, so just relax and see where the night will take you. Whether you want some romance, wild partying or just a causal drink in a nice bar, we have something for you that will make your 24 hours in Madrid unforgettable:

Rooftop bars (possible duration time: 1.5 hour)

Start off easy, with aperitivo in one of the many rooftop bars in Madrid and enjoy some colorful cocktails while watching Spanish twilight. The most famous one, and my personal favorite, is Circulo de Belles Artes which will give you a breathtaking view over Madrid’s liveliest street – Gran Via.

If you are ready for a delicious dinner after a long day, here are my top choices:

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For any true foodie out there, this place has to be on the top of the to-do list while spending 24 hours in Madrid. Established in 1725, Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world, loved and mentioned by great Ernest Hemingway in one of his novels and a place where young Francisco Goya used to work. You have to try the specialty of the house – roast suckling pig.

If you are in a mood for some fish and seafood, stars of Spanish cuisine, then go for modern and very sophisticated El Pescador.

Especially if you are visiting in wintertime, tasting local favorite cocidomadrilèno should definitely be on your bucket list. Bear in mind that this is not just a meal, but a whole 2+ hours experience. It is a stew consisting of broth, chickpeas, potatoes, and various types of meat and meat specialties (chicken, pork, chorizo, blood sausage…) and served in several courses with delicious sides. Trying it in La Bola, charming little restaurant very close to Palacio Real is an awesome thing to do while visiting Madrid in 24 hours.

If you are not in a mood for fancy restaurants and formal dining, you could just hop to any bakery and get yourself some empanadas – delicious pastries with all kinds of fillings. I like to enjoy mine while watching the city over the river – it makes for a perfect date night!

Another interesting option would be a Flamenco dinner, so while dining you get to see performances by some of the best flamenco artists. Check out Corral de la Moreira!

As you will see yourself, Madrid is packed with bars anywhere you go, which is perfect for some pregaming before you dive into its vivacious club scene. My favorite district for this is colorful La Latina, the oldest one in the city. Head right to the Calle Cava Baja, and start exploring, wondering around from one place to another, trying tasty tapas and enjoying some of the best beers and wines.

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At about 2 hours after midnight, it’s time to hit the clubs and start soaking up the atmosphere of one of the best nightlife experiences that Europe has to offer. Here are some of the best clubs you can visit during your 24 hours stay in Madrid: (possible duration time: until the sun comes up)

For a dose of Ibiza spirit visit Fabrik (but, keep in mind that it’s about 30km from center of Madrid, but you can hop on a bus in Plaza de España).

If you like exclusivity go for Opium Madrid.

For electro parties with international DJ superstars check out Mondo Disko.

If you are rock lover then Independence Club is the must see place while visiting Madrid in 24 hours. (it is not a club, but actually an event held in different venues).

If you wish to hear some live music, then check out Joy Eslava in Calle del Arenal.

For house and deep-house sessions, visit Goya Social Club.

For some of the best concerts in Madrid, visit club with over 50 years of tradition – La Riviera.

Those of you who want to dance the night away with the sounds of salsa, head over to the El Son, near to the Sol metro station.

For the older crowd, a great choice would be Serrano 41, very posh place with a fusion of different music styles.

Any wine lover will know that Spaniards are among the biggest masters of this craft. So, if you don’t feel like clubbing, you can opt for one of the many wine tasting events organized regularly all over the city, or you can set up one yourself – pick a wine bar you like, add some jamón and a selection of delicious Spanish cheeses and you’ve got yourself an amazing and luxurious end of a perfect 24 hours in Madrid. Great choices for bars would be Stop Madrid and Bodegas Rosell.

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If bars and clubs are not your playground and you just want a quiet and interesting evening, you can choose one of the many movie theaters in Gran Via and enjoy some classic.

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To gain back the strength after the long and eventful day, welcome the morning with some jamónand queso pizza, which is a perfect goodbye to this magical city I’m sure you will always come back to.

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