Then make your way to the Almudena Cathedral right opposite the Palace, where brightly-coloured murals will serve as an introduction to the distinctive art and architecture that pervades Spain.
Mark your first evening in the country by taking a tapas tour. You can also opt for a guide and pay them for a tour. Tapas are small savoury dishes that are intrinsic to Spanish culture, so, relish them with a drink of your choice! A tour will have you hopping from one place to another to satiate your taste buds with treats like carrillada (tender cheek cut of pork/beef), boquerones (fried anchovies with lemon or garlic), garbanzos (a spinach delicacy), patatas bravas, roasted red peppers, berenjena con vinagreta (grilled eggplant in tomato vinaigrette) and more.
Before calling it a day, walk over to the Plaza De Mayor square which is always lively with shops, cafes and people.
Travel costs: Flights from Delhi to Madrid for a round trip cost Rs 50,000 onwards.
Flight duration: Around 14 hours from India (Delhi) with a layover at either Helsinki, Frankfurt or Istanbul, among other cities.
Tourist Travel Pass (for Zone A for 2 days): Rs.1,200 approximately
Where to stay: The Hat Madrid, Cats Hostel or Arc House if you’re looking for a true-blue backpacking trip across Europe!
Accommodation cost: Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,300 per night for a hostel dorm bed.
Cost of an appetizer at the Restaurante Sobrino De Botin: Rs 1,600 approximately
Cost for a tapas tour guide: Rs 2,100
Cost for liquor: Approximately Rs 300 for a glass of wine or a domestic beer (at inexpensive restaurants)
Entry fee at the Royal Palace of Madrid: Rs 800
Entry fee at the Almudena Cathedral: Free