Start the day with a visit to Madrid's Royal Palace1, one of the most emblematic places in the city. Next, head to the viewpoint between the Palace and the Almudena Cathedral2 for a panoramic view of the surroundings.
Then turn back and take a stroll through Plaza de Oriente to the Teatro Real3, one of the most important opera houses in the world. Carry on to Plaza Mayor4 then head up Calle de Postas to Puerta del Sol5, kilometre 0 of Spain's national roads. Since you're passing, pop into Galerías Canalejas6 to see more than 17,000 historical objects that have been restored with traditional techniques, some of them almost extinct. Here you can also enjoy some unique culinary experiences with your Stopover Hola Madrid fare, but remember to book them in advance.
First stop after lunch is Paseo del Prado, lined with some of the city's most important museums: the Museo del Prado7, one of the world's leading art galleries, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza8 and the Museo Reina Sofía9. And don't miss the Caixaforum Vertical Garden.
End the day by dining at the Gourmet Experience space in El Corte Inglés de Serrano10, where you can also take advantage of the discounts you get on fashion and food with your Stopover Hola Madrid fare.
Walk from Calle Alcalá to the Gran Vía11, Madrid's main shopping and leisure street lined with theatres offering shows and musicals. While you're there, admire the wonderful architecture and stunning lighting of the buildings, which range from art nouveau to art deco to modernist. Take advantage of another discount and book tickets for one of the top musicals.
In general, this route offers a mixture of history, culture and gastronomy through a sample of some of Madrid's many delights. Enjoy your visit!