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How to Spend 2 Days in Madrid

How to Spend 2 Days in Madrid

The buzzing city of Madrid is alive around the clock, overflowing with art, music, food, and nightlife. With so much to see and do, an extra day in the Spanish capital can make a huge difference. Here are a few ways to make the most of your time if you have 48 hours to spend in Madrid.

Day 1: City Sightseeing

**Morning:**Begin with an overview of the city—take in the sights from a hop-on hop-off bus, or join a guided walking, biking, or Segway tour to learn about several top attractions in a short period of time. Must-see sights include the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, and Mercado de San Miguel.

**Afternoon:**After lunch, tour Madrid’s Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in Western Europe and one of Madrid’s most beautiful buildings. With more than 3,000 rooms, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so consider a guided tour to gain deep insight into the palace’s historical and cultural significance.

**Night:**Polish off a day of sightseeing with a walking tapas and wine tour through one of the city’s atmospheric neighborhoods. Visit some local-favorite tapas bars that would otherwise be hard to find on your own, and learn about Madrid’s culinary landscape.

Day 2: Culture and Food

**Morning:**Start with a visit to the Prado Museum, another top Madrid attraction, to see works by Spanish masters Goya, Veláquez, and El Creco. You could easily spend days viewing the collection, so maximize your time by booking a skip-the-line or early-access ticket.

**Afternoon:**You’ve sampled some Spanish food—now learn to make it yourself during an interactive cooking class. Most classes include a visit to a local market, such as the Torrijos Market (Mercado de Torrijos), followed by a hands-on lesson from a professional chef. Depending on the option chosen, you might learn to prepare seafood paella, gazpacho, or traditional tapas. 

**Night:**No trip to Spain would be complete without an evening of flamenco, and Madrid’s Old Town is teeming with renowned flamenco venues (tablaos) where you can catch a show. Many performances offer the option to include a multi-course Spanish dinner accompanied by sangria or local wine.

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Skip the Line: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería in Madrid Ticket

Skip the Line: Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería in Madrid Ticket

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Experience the fever of flamenco dancing during a show in one of Spain’s most esteemed ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues) in Madrid. Select a show time convenient for you, then venture to the beating heart of Madrid’s Old Town to experience an evening of music and dance. Enjoy a welcome drink or upgrade to include a 3-, 4-, or 5-course feast of Spanish specialties. Then take in a passionate performance from some of Spain’s top dancers.
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  • 3 hours
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Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums, and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
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4-hour Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid

4-hour Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid

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Uncover the secrets of Spanish cuisine with a traditional cooking class in Madrid. Get hands on as you create classic dishes such as tapas, gazpacho, or paella; master new skills under the guidance of an expert chef; then sit down to feast on your homemade creations, accompanied by a glass of Sangria.
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

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Enjoy Spain's legendary nightlife and mouth-watering tapas culture during this small-group walking tour in Madrid. Follow your expert foodie guide as you trace the typical evening rituals of your average Madrileno, stopping along Madrid's hard-to-find side streets for snacking at some of the city's incredible array of tapas bars. Come away from your evening with a renewed appreciation for the lively people and tantalizing food and drink on offer in the Spanish capital. This small-group walking tour, limited to just 10 guests, also includes visits to multiple bars, a drink and tapas at the first bar and language assistance and advice when ordering.
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  • 4 hours
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Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

Hapsburgs Madrid and Royal Palace Guided Tour

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See the sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a walking tour of Madrid. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the Royal Palace and listen as your guide offers fascinating insight into the history of the city. See almost every major site in Madrid's beautiful city center and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

Museo del Prado with Reina Sofia Museum

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The Prado Museum is one of Madrid’s top cultural attractions and draws crowds that pay testament to its popularity. Admire highlights by the likes of El Greco, Bosch, and Velazquez with your guide. You will visit Reina Sofia, home to masterpieces by Picasso and Dali.
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  • 4 hours
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Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo

Royal Palace of Madrid 1.5-Hour Guided Tour Optional Prado Museum Combo

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With over 3,000 rooms and a veritable museum worth's of paintings by the likes of Caravaggio and Velazquez, the Royal Palace of Madrid greets its visitors with nothing short of splendor. See where the kings of Spain once lived on this guided tour of the Royal Palace, which provides insightful commentary into the history and significance of this must-see Madrid attraction.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Madrid Segway Tour

Madrid Segway Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Madrid on a sleek, self-balancing Segway on this tour of the captivating Spanish capital. Glide through the vibrant streets of the city and see some of its most iconic landmarks on your futuristic machine; cruise past the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and the Templo de Debod and listen to entertaining and educational commentary from your expert guide. Choose from various routes and tour durations and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
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  • 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Madrid Panoramic Tour with Royal Palace Entrance Ticket

Madrid Panoramic Tour with Royal Palace Entrance Ticket

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Discover the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a 2.5-hour coach tour of Madrid. From the comfort of a luxury coach, gaze at arresting landmarks like Real Madrid football stadium, Calle Mayor and Palacio de la Zarzuela, the largest palace in Europe. Stop at the Hard Rock Café for a refreshing beverage and gain valuable insight into the rich history and culture of Madrid from your expert guide.
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  • 5 hours
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