August 12th, 2009, 06:54 PM
end of September i have a 3 day weekend so im going to Madrid. i would like to know if there are any city tours, or outside the city things to do, go see.
August 13th, 2009, 09:47 AM
For sure, I would spend 1 day in the city to walk the plazas, see the Palace (don't miss it!), and any other attractions that appeal to you. We saw the botanical gardens (weren't impressed), Reina Sofia (loved it), Prado (lovely museum, but not my preference of art), Retiro Park (great for strolling and people watching), Templo de Debod (kinda cool). Those, along with walks through Plaza Mayor & Puerto de Sol and some great leisurely meals, took us 2 full days to see. There are plenty of other things to see in Madrid as well to fill your third day.
If you'd rather, you can leave the city for a day trip for your 3rd day. You can see El Escorial, Toledo, Segovia, or Avila easily by train from Madrid (or guided tour, which is more $$ but more convenient). We chose Segovia and thought it was a great little town with a lot of personality.
August 13th, 2009, 03:24 PM
One tour we enjoyed was a Tapas Tour run by a couple of Englishmen. Its called Adventurous Appetites. http://www.adventurousappetites.com/
Excellent way to see some of the local venues and good food and drink.
August 15th, 2009, 10:27 AM
If you're going to the palace, don't miss the Royal Armory. One of the greatest collections of armor anywhere. Also, a day trip to Toledo by train is easy and well worth the time.