where to stay, how to travel and what to do in Madrid

where to stay, how to travel and what to do in Madrid

Finally, after two years of the pandemic, marathons are coming back and doing it in a big way. This is the case of the Zurich Rock ‘n Roll Running Series in Madrid. Without a doubt, one of the most desired races of the year that will take place in the capital of our country on Sunday, April 24.

Long-awaited is that registrations are almost complete (although today we can still join the 42k and 21k races). Whether you are already registered, and planning your trip to Madrid, or if you are going to register today, We tell you the best options to organize your trip and that you only have to worry about running.

The marathon route is key to choosing your accommodation

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Our recommendation, when traveling specifically to run a marathon, is that Let’s find an accommodation that is close to the race start or finish.

In this case, the Zurich Rock ‘n Roll Running Series in Madrid has, in all its modalities, the start at Paseo de la Castellana and the finish line at Paseo de Recoletos (very close to Plaza Cibeles). Both locations are iconic in the city, so finding accommodation there will not only allow you to be close to the most important points of the Marathon, but also to visit some of the key areas of Madrid.

Accommodation near the start of the Madrid Marathon

If we want to be close to the start, on those dates we have options for all tastes. We found the Meliá Madrid Serrano, with four stars, and very close to the start of the race for around 265 euros per night.

One night at Melia Madrid Serrano

One night at Melia Madrid Serrano

If we are looking for something a little more affordable, in the area we find the Urban Madrid Serrano Boutique where we can stay one night for an approximate price of 144 euros. Or, a little further afield, at the NH Madrid Príncipe De Vergara for 135 euros.

One night at Boutique Urban Madrid Serrano

One night at Boutique Urban Madrid Serrano


One night at Nh Madrid Principe De Vergara

One night at Nh Madrid Principe De Vergara

Accommodation near the finish line of the Madrid Marathon

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If we prefer to be closer to the finish line and be able to be close to the hotel as soon as we finish the race to be able to shower and change – or simply go to rest -, we find several options in the Paseo de Recoletos area.

On Calle Gravina, about a 10-minute walk from the finish line of the Marathon, we find the Hostal Boutique Palace where we can sleep one night for 195 euros. Of course, we must take into account that it is a hotel for adults only, so if we go with children it is not an option.

One night at Hostal Boutique Palace

One night at Hostal Boutique Palace

A little further, in the Chueca area, we find the Motion Chueca where we can stay for 53 euros in a shared room.

One night at Motion Chueca

One night at Motion Chueca

How can we get to Madrid from our cities?

One of the advantages of traveling to Madrid is that the transport options are many and varied, with direct flights, trains and buses from almost all cities in Spain. If we are going to travel only for the weekend of the Marathon, our recommendation is to travel by plane or AVE if our city offers us that option.

As we say, many Spanish cities have direct flights to Madrid. Thanks to that we can travel the weekend of April 23 from Bilbao from 68 euros with return on Monday, for 108 euros from Tenerife or 96 euros from Malaga.

Other cities offer us the option of direct flight, but they also allow us to travel by AVE in a very short time. we leave you three cities from which we can choose any of the two options.

Barcelona-Madrid

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Traveling from Barcelona to Madrid that weekend is what offers us the most options. We have a great diversity of hours to travel by AVE and in two and a half hours we can be in Madrid. What’s more, It gives us the advantage of being able to travel on Saturday and return to Barcelona on the same Sunday., if we want it that way. For around 173 euros, round trip, we will go from Barcelona to Sants to Madrid Atocha and back.

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AVE from Barcelona to Seville

AVE from Barcelona to Seville

If we prefer to travel by plane, we can also leave Barcelona early on Saturday morning and return on Sunday night, after the marathon. This way we take advantage of the weekend and we can be back by Monday, if we want it that way. Vueling offers us up to eight different hours to fly, but we love the option of leaving very early on Saturday and returning late on Sunday for 135.59 euros.

Direct flight from Barcelona to Madrid

Direct flight from Barcelona to Madrid

Seville – Madrid

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Seville is another of the cities that offers us the possibility of traveling by AVE and being in Madrid in two and a half hours. Leaving Seville Santa Justa in the morning we can be before noon on Saturday in Madrid Atocha and return on Sunday night for 145 euros.

AVE from Seville to Madrid

We can also travel by plane if we want, but for those dates the most comfortable would be to go on Saturday and return on Monday from 119 euros.

Direct flight from Seville to Madrid

Direct flight from Seville to Madrid

Valencia-Madrid

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Traveling from Valencia also gives us the option of be in Madrid in less than two hours and return home the same Sunday. Leaving the Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station for 163 euros, round trip, we will have our trip to the Madrid Marathon.

AVE from Valencia to Madrid

AVE from Valencia to Madrid

From 80 euros we can also travel by plane to the Marathon. That yes, our recommendation, as in the case that we travel from Seville, is that we ask for Monday to be able to return that day, since the hours of the flights do not fit us so well with a return on Sunday.

Direct flight from Valencia to Madrid

Direct flight from Valencia to Madrid

What to do and where to eat in Madrid the weekend of the Marathon

A visit to the Prado Museum

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The Prado Museum is always a great visit to do when we are in Madrid and, if you are going to stay near the Paseo Recoletos, you can go walking along the Paseo del Prado and take the opportunity to see the Cibeles Fountain, the House of America and the Neptune Fountain. We can get a direct ticket to the museum for 20 euros on Saturday April 23. You skip the queues and enjoy the wonders that the Prado hides.

Direct entrance to the Prado Museum

Direct entrance to the Prado Museum

A day of fun at Parque Warner Madrid

If strong emotions are your thing and you can’t imagine passing through Madrid without approaching the Warner, you can take advantage of Saturday 23rd to go through the Park with a direct ticket for 35 euros. What better way to release adrenaline and any jitters we might have before the marathon?

Skip-the-line tickets for Parque Warner Madrid

Skip-the-line tickets for Parque Warner Madrid

Tapas night tour

Eating well before a Marathon is important and, while we’re at it, take the opportunity to enjoy the best that Madrid’s gastronomy has to offer, even more so. And what better than a good tapas route? For 59 euros per person we can have a guided tour of four bars or restaurants in the capital and, incidentally, we will tour the city on foot enjoying the Madrid nightlife.

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

A route through Latina, the Madrid of the Austrians and the San Miguel Market, with food and drinks

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If there is something we like about Madrid, it is its markets. Therefore, we recommend that you go through at least one. One of the most incredible areas of the city to eat is la Latina, as well as Madrid de los Austrias. For this reason, this route that takes us to Cava Baja, Calle Huertas, the Plaza Mayor and the Mercado de San Miguel, for only five euros, is perfect for trying Madrid’s tapas and stopping, especially, to enjoy all the stalls of the well-known Madrid market.

Madrid Tapas Route Walking Audio Tour

Madrid Tapas Route Walking Audio Tour

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