We continue with our city breaks series, express weekend getaways guaranteed to charge your batteries. In the month of September we have suggested visiting Seville and Santiago de Compostela.  Now, to round off the month, we can reveal our third destination48 hours in Madrid!


Carlos Fernández, host of the Boutique Hotel Abalú, invites you to discover Madrid ensuring that your stay will be unforgettable. Located in the heart of the city and just a few meters from the famous Gran Vía, this small hotel has a unique style, with spaces full of sensations and experiences, thanks to a combination of materials, textures and forms.

Its magnificent location in the historic quarter, means you are only a short stroll away from the most popular sights and places in the city, not to mention a great variety of unbeatable restaurants, the best music, cinema, theatre and shows as well as the most popular bars and clubs.

What to do in Madrid?

Day 1:

We start the day full of energy and expectation, today it’s time to explore the city on foot, or by bike if you prefer, visiting the main tourist sights of the Spanish capital. We’ll start at the Puerta del Sol, where we’ll be greeted by the famous statue of the bear and the Madrono tree, an emblematic symbol of the city. We continue towards the imposing Plaza Mayor or Main Square, and from there we head towards the Teatro Real or Royal Theatre, known by many as “la Ópera“.

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Only a few meters away from the theatre we find the Palacio Real or Royal Palace, where we can immerse ourselves on a journey through the history of Spain. Although it is not inhabited by the current King of Spain, it remains the official royal residence. After visiting the palace, you can visit the nearby Almudena Cathedral or visit the impressive Jardines del Campo del Moro, more than 20 hectares of gardens that spread out like an infinite tapestry at the foot of the palace.

For a morning snack, we recommend you have a bite to eat at the Mercado de San Miguel market or return to the Plaza Mayor where you can enjoy the typical squid sandwiches or the well-known local stew “cocido madrileño“. In the afternoon it’s time to relax and enjoy a little of the cultural or retail therapy on offer. Calle Preciados and Gran Vía are the main arteries of the city where you can find all kinds of shows, cinema, music or theatre as well as the finest gastronomy and shopping.

Day 2:

For your second day in Madrid, we suggest a walk along the Paseo del Arte, which gets its name as here you can find the city’s three great museums: El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Not to be missed, here you will be able to admire the works of painters such as Velázquez, El Greco, Caravaggio, Rubens or Goya among many other artists.

After this intense journey through art, you will most likely be thinking that it’s time for a rest. Along the Paseo del Prado you will find terraces and restaurants offering countless varieties of gastronomy. To relax a little after lunch, we suggest you take a quiet stroll through the Botanical Garden if you are a plant-lover, or through the well-known Parque del Retiro. Inside the Retiro you can visit the Palacio de Cristal or Glass Palace, the Palacio de Velázquez and the Monument to Alfonso XII. On Sundays it is usually very lively, full of people, musicians, magicians and other street artists. In addition to strolling through its imposing woods, if the weather allows you also have the possibility of enjoying a boat trip on the lake.

Continuing on our route we now reach the Puerta de Alcalá, one of the most beautiful and the most representative monuments in Madrid, and from there we continue to the Cibeles Fountain and the Bank of Spain. To finish off the afternoon we suggest having a coffee in the Barrio de Las Letras neighbourhood, which is known as the literary heart of Madrid. The tranquility of its pedestrianised streets are the perfect way to end our weekend getaway and return home relaxed.

And so we come to the end of our 48-hour express tour of Madrid. We hope that you have enjoyed the majesty of its buildings, neighbourhoods and streets and that they have left you with pleasant memories.

See you on our next getaway and remember there is always a boutique hotel for you in Boutique Hotels Spain.