Hi all! My husband and I are planning a one week trip to Spain in June. How long do you think we need to see what Madrid has to offer?
In my opinion Madrid and its surroundings can keep the traveller busy for many weeks.
Madrid city centre and its surrounding attractions ( walking distances) will keep you busy for 4 days or more. Places like the Royal Palace , the many parks - El Retiro , museums , taverns restaurants , shops and many other attractions (see details in top questions about Madrid) are a must.
Then you have the surrounding places that you can visit for the day using public transport - both train or bus. Toledo -don't miss this Gem of a place , Segovia , El Escorial all highly recommended places to visit .
If you are ready to go further and even spend a night in another city , the fast train can get you to Valencia in about 2.5 hours where you can swim the Mediterranean and walk the astounding attractions Valencia has to offer ( do some research on Valencia).
Madrid has so much to offer that it keeps me going back again and again and for longer times each time.
Enjoy your stay ! we will also be there in June.
I travel to Madrid twice a year for 2 weeks at a time. I have done this for the last 30 years and I have not seen everything yet.
Stay a minimum of 4 days. Do one day trip to Toledo and another to Segovia. Read about these day trips in the top questions on the right panel.
I am planning a 5 days trip to Madrid in May,I would like to go to Segovia from Madrid by bus upon arrival, stay there for one night,and then from Segovia to Toledo by bus for the second night ,return to Madrid for the rest of three nights.Does anybody know if the bus has luggage area,or I should just do day trip from Madrid.
Thanks for your input.
The busses are carrying tourists with luggage no problems at all.
We spent 6 nights -- that gave us a day for each of the big 3 museums, a day for a day trip and a day for wandering about from La Latina, where our apartment was. I would make sure to have a day for the Prado even if the other major museums are not on your list.
With only a week for Spain, I would probably pick one spot or maybe two -- if it were Madrid, I might go to Cordoba or Toledo for a couple of nights and then return to Madrid and be there to fly out (assuming round trip into Madrid)
Here was our quick afternoon in Cordoba.http://janettravels.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/the-mezquita-at-least-the-catholics-had-the-good-sense-not-to-destroy-it-when-they-desecrated-it/