Madrid Travel Guide: Three Days in Madrid

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So many of you have reached out requesting our itinerary for Madrid!  Today, I am sharing where we stayed, what to do and where to eat to see the highlights of Madrid in three days.   I’ve shared the details directly but realized I needed to create the post here! This was the perfect ending to our spectacular time in Spain visiting Barcelona, Mallorca and Madrid.

We ended our amazing trip to Spain with three days in the beautiful city of Madrid.  Here are all the details you need to know:

Getting There

There are many nonstop flights from the US to Madrid. We flew to Madrid from Mallorca.  American Airlines has a direct flight to DFW and that is how we returned home.  We flew into Barcelona with a connection in the US to begin our trip.

Where to Stay

We stayed at the gorgeous Rosewood Casa Magna in Madrid. As I shared before, in my posts about Barcelona and Mallorca, we typically stay in homes or apartments when we travel, and this trip was all about wonderful hotel experiences.

The Rosewood Villa Magna is located on the main boulevard, Paseo de la Castellana, and around the corner from Calle Serrano prestigious dining and shopping area filled with the best restaurants, nightlife, high street and luxury shopping, and close to the  Art Triangle museums.  It is the perfect location in Madrid –  An oasis in the city.

I cannot recommend the Rosewood highly enough! Our rooms were gorgeous suites with sitting areas, spacious marble bathrooms and large closets. The girls room was set up with three single beds. Every detail was perfect.

The concierges were knowledge amazingly helpful with restaurant reservations, tour guides and anything else we needed. The Rosewood Casa Magna is now one of my favorite hotels.

Where to Eat

I included the restaurants in our day to day itinerary!

What to Do

Day by Day

Day 1

We arrived in Madrid, and checked into our hotel, and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the Paseo de la Castellana area around the hotel. That evening we had tapas for dinner in the Rosewood lounge, and it was the perfect end to a busy travel day.

Day 2

After an incredible breakfast, at the Rosewood Villa Magna, we set off to explore the city with our tour guide Doreen from Context Tours. We visited the Palacio Royale. Next the Almudena cathedral where King, Philip and queen Leticia were married in 2004, which is next to the palace. Our tour guide was so amazing and shared so much with us from an insider’s perspective. An American, she’s lived in Spain for over 30 years. She currently teaches but has worked for the Spanish government and had other fascinating careers. She gave us such an amazing tour of the historical part of Madrid including a private garden, where she wants brought her children to play. We also visited the Plaza Mayor the Plaza Del Sol and learned so much history from her.

 

She even made us reservations at Restaurant de Botín. the oldest restaurant in the world, founded in 1725. It was a fabulous experience! The restaurant is so charming! I definitely recommend the roasted chicken!  Context always has the best guides!

On our way to meet our next tour guide at the Prado Museum, we passed many more beautiful plazas and churches. Madrid is a beautiful city! The amazing concierge, Antonio, at the Rosewood Village Magna, arranged our guide at the Prado museum. He was extremely knowledgable.  No photos were allowed, but it is a must see!

PRO TIP: Use the hotel concierge to get an locals connection to restaurants and tours on days you don’t have full plans.  They never steer us wrong!

One the way back to the hotel, we we stopped at Amorino for gelato to cool off a bit!

We finished for the night with dinner at Las Brasas de Castellana at the Rosewood.

Day 3

Our first stop this morning was an amazing gluten-free bakery, called Sana Locura. Everything we purchased was absolutely delicious and hard to believe it was gluten-free. In fact, my daughter, who is gluten free, didn’t believe it! The selection was so incredible that we both almost burst into tears! Ha ha! We went back the morning we left for another box to take on the plane!

We walked through the Royal Park called El Retiro. It was once the royal family’s private park, but is now enjoyed by the public much like Central Park. Filled with beautiful paths, water features, a small lake and beautiful sculptures. It’s a great way to spend the morning or find shade in the afternoon.

Right outside of the park, we found Cuesta de Moyano, darling stalls that sold antique books. It’s been a literary institution since it’s founding in 1925. My oldest daughter, the English major, and now law student, was in pure heaven!

Next, we made a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art. They have so many important pieces of propaganda and Picasso. It is an incredible, modern art museum. We purchased tickets at the door but you can get them in advance as well.

We had lunch at Lateral. This great sidewalk café had cool drinks and lots of shade also!

Next we met Doreen for a guided tour of the Palacio Real de  Madrid. The Spanish royal family no longer lives here, however, it is used for state occasions and quiet grand.  We had only visited the outside and heard the history the day before on our historical walking tour with Doreen.  It is a must!

We ended the day at Ten Con Ten, a fabulous restaurant recommended to us by the concierge staff at the Rosewood. The restaurant was as beautiful as it was delicious! We loved everything we ordered from the fig salad to the sangria.  It is quite a chic restaurant that seemed to be filled with the local “who’s who” of Madrid.  Definitely put this on your list!

We loved our entire experience in Spain. It was planned for us by Lisa Primmer. She planned this trip for us only three weeks from departure! Within 24 hours of our first conversation she presented me with detailed itinerary and pricing for five different countries with a mix of relaxing and adventure. Lisa booked the air, cars, guides and communicated with the hotels about our allergies and arrivals in advance so rooms were ready when we were early with upgrades like we’ve never had before and so much more! I plan a lot of our family vacations, but could never have made this happen, so seamlessly or known where to stay in Mallorca at without Lisa! She also helped plan our trip to Greece last summer.

This last installment of our trip to Spain took me much longer than I anticipated, but I’m so glad that you now have all the details of our visit to Spain from Barcelona to Mallorca and Madrid. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Here’s to more great travel!  I can’t wait to share where we are headed this summer, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, you can see all All My Packing Lists and All My Travel Guides to help you plan you next adventure.

xo

Alicia

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4 Comments

  1. Marnie

    Such helpful info-and I LOVE your oldest daughter’s handbag!! It’s a great travel bag (and getting re-released next month)!

    Reply
    • Alicia

      It is such a great bag!! She has taken it over but I don’t blame her! So glad you are relaunching them again.
      xo
      Alicia

      Reply
  2. Tara

    Thank you for this and all your posts on travel. We’ll
    Be going to Barcelona in few weeks and your tips are so helpful! I really appreciate the ideas for dressing because I know the dress code is dressier than a lot of countries.

    Reply
    • Alicia

      Hi Tara
      I’m so glad you found this and my other travel guides helpful. That makes so so happy! If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to send them my way!
      Safe travels!
      Alicia

      Reply

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4 Comments

  1. Marnie

    Such helpful info-and I LOVE your oldest daughter’s handbag!! It’s a great travel bag (and getting re-released next month)!

    Reply
    • Alicia

      It is such a great bag!! She has taken it over but I don’t blame her! So glad you are relaunching them again.
      xo
      Alicia

      Reply
  2. Tara

    Thank you for this and all your posts on travel. We’ll
    Be going to Barcelona in few weeks and your tips are so helpful! I really appreciate the ideas for dressing because I know the dress code is dressier than a lot of countries.

    Reply
    • Alicia

      Hi Tara
      I’m so glad you found this and my other travel guides helpful. That makes so so happy! If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to send them my way!
      Safe travels!
      Alicia

      Reply

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AliciaWoodLifestyle.com is a lifestyle destination for everyday living written by Alicia Wood. Alicia's goal is create a timeless, fresh way to approach fashion, entertaining, beauty, design and travel.

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