Madrid, renowned for its extensive collection of Romantic and Rococo art, boasts three of Europe's premier art museums: The Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. These galleries showcase masterpieces spanning the 13th to 20th century, featuring works by iconic artists like Goya, Picasso, and Hieronymus Bosch.
On your first day, join us as we explore the bustling streets of the historic centre, guided by a knowledgeable local. In Madrid's central square, Puerta del Sol, you'll encounter its famous cast-iron clock and learn about the tradition of eating 12 grapes. Discover landmarks like Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, and the Royal Palace, the largest in western Europe and one of the largest in the worlds, housing Spain's Royal Family. Admire its classical facade adorned with soaring Ionic columns, Tuscan pilasters, and intricately chiselled marble sculptures of saints and monarchs.
Consider indulging in a gourmet lunch at Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid's artisanal food market. Here, you can sample Spain's finest offerings in bite-sized tapas: fresh Galician sardines, exquisite reserve vermouths from Córdoba, renowned Gordal olives, traditionally cured Iberian meats, and a wide array of pastries, fried fish, paellas, and open sandwiches.
A short coach ride away, is the breath taking Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. Offering a refreshing escape from the urban hustle, this picturesque landscape boasts dense coniferous forests, snow-capped mountain peaks, babbling streams, pristine waterfalls, and glacial lakes.
Back in the city, enjoy a guided tour of the splendid Prado Museum's exhibitions. Then, revel in a free afternoon to explore at your own pace, made even more convenient with the included Art Museum Pass, granting access to Madrid's top galleries. Later, bid farewell with a delightful Tapas tour, immersing yourself in Madrid's culinary delights.