The crown jewel of the Iberian plain, Madrid deserves a place on every sophisticated traveler’s itinerary. Spain’s capital teems with proud history and a certain enthusiasm that pervades all aspects of the culture. You can see it in explosive Real Madrid matches, on plazas in trendy neighborhoods, and outside old-school tapas bars on warm evenings.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Families | Foodies | Intellectuals | Style Mavens
When to goYear-Round
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Madrid
Explore the rich culture of Madrid through a customized itinerary that balances local experience with guided touring. Members can enjoy special access to iconic sights, the most authentic restaurants and exciting day trips. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day One: Historic Madrid & Tour Options
Lose yourself in the cobblestone streets of Madrid’s historic city center with a tour of its most famous plazas and monuments. Start at Kilómetro Cero in the Puerta del Sol, the centermost point of Madrid, and make your way to the beautiful murals decorating the Plaza Mayor. Members can get to know the capital while local guides share legends of Spanish royalty over afternoon tapas and wine tastings. End the day with a special-access visit to the magnificent Palacio Real.
Day Two: El Prado & the Arts
After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely walk up the Paseo del Prado through Madrid’s most elegant neighborhood. At the world-famous Museo del Prado, your guide will meet you for a private tour of its greatest works and secrets. Lunch at a nearby Indagare-recommended restaurant and explore the modern art of the Reina Sofía, including Picasso’s Guernica. Finish the day browsing for hidden gems in the neighborhood Las Letras.
Day Three: Strolling el Retiro
Make the most of your last day in the upscale Retiro neighborhood, the home of Madrid’s most impressive architecture and luxury shopping. Take a walk or a snack in the exotic Retiro park, where you can rent paddleboats and observe flocks of peacocks. Savor a late lunch in the dining mecca of Salamanca, and then make your way to the trendy Chueca and Malasaña neighborhoods for shopping and soaking up the local vibes.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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This former Duke’s mansion in Madrid’s most elegant residential neighborhood attracts an A-list crowd who favors quiet luxury.
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Rosewood Villa Magna
A favorite of discerning business travelers to Madrid, Rosewood Villa Magna is an elegant hotel that melds bold Art Deco influences and traditional touches. The property reopened in late 2021 after extensive renovations and has drawn a great deal of...
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Mandarin Oriental Ritz
Madrid’s first luxury hotel, (now owned by Mandarin Oriental) renowned for impeccable service, is also the place to see and be seen.
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Modern steel and glass, decorated with architectural artifacts, exudes a hip vibe in the city’s historic center.