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Top 10 things to do in Madrid

Madrid's culture is one that seems to emphasize living and leisure over hard work, yet its history has seen it produce some of Europe's most awe-inspiring artworks and buildings. Here are just a few of the best places to visit in Spain's capital!

Plaza de España

The metro station of the same name takes you to the Plaza de España, where a huge statue of Miguel de Cervantes presides over those of his characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Soccer fans can tour the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, walk the pitch, visit the dressing rooms, and marvel at the club's huge trophy cabinet!

Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art boasts one of the foremost collections of 20th and 21st-century Spanish art, with highlights including Picasso's Guernica.

Museo del Prado

If traditional art is more your thing, the Museo del Prado exhibits the world's most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries.

Palacio Real

Madrid's most famous landmark Palacio Real is one of Europe's most spectacular palaces, built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens!

Plaza Mayor

Once the place to see bullfights and carnivals, you can find some of Madrid's best restaurants where the historic market square Plaza Mayor meets the "Austrias" neighborhood.

Gran Vía

This energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid's nightlife, hence its nickname: "The Spanish Broadway!"

Photo: JasonParis @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Completing Madrid's "Golden Triangle of Art," along with the Reina Sofia and Prado museums, the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is owned by a former Miss Spain and is perhaps the most eclectic of the lot.

Photo: jacinta lluch valero @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Another key player on Madrid's art scene, this gallery's rooftop terrace offers stunning panoramas of the whole city! It's the best view of Madrid by quite a margin.

Parque del Buen Retiro

Of Madrid's many green corners, Retiro Park's statues, fountains, and floral features offer the city's most scenic respite for joggers, picnickers, boaters, and you!

Planning your Madrid visit

Best time to visit?

Summer is peak season despite the intolerable heat that drives even the natives to close up shop and head to a cooler climate! It's better to go in spring or fall, although if it takes more than a mild winter to put you off, hotels are considerably cheaper in winter!

How many days?

Madrid has enough life in it to enjoy a week there. If that turns out to be a little too long for you, the city is also well positioned for day-trip opportunities. For instance, consider visiting historic Toledo or Segovia, if not the Ribera del Duero wine region for a tasting or two!

How to get from the airport to the city?

Barajas International Airport is one of the world's largest, which means it's busy but pleasantly well connected! Taxis are available but the Renfe train is the cheapest and quickest option, however, at rush hour it might be less stressful to get the airport express bus. There is also the Metro, although this isn't advisable when carrying plenty of luggage.

How to get around?

Buses and the Metro are reliable, well connected, and cheap. Visitors might find it easier to purchase a Madrid Tourist Travel Pass, valid on all trains and buses for 1, 3, 5, or 7 days. Taxis are also very affordable compared to most European cities, and well regulated, too.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists
  • Events in Madrid
    Gay Pride
    19. Jun. 2016 - 2. Jul. 2016
    City Center (Madrid)

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What people are saying about Madrid

Our guide was knowledgeable and very helpful.

She was very flexible and willing to respond to a wide Vietnam of questions. One of our group members was quite demanding, but she was very patient and tried to be helpful to everyone.
Madrid Free 3-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/11/2016

Great tour to visit attractions in Madrid City

We had a great experience with MADride tours company. This was a very nice trip by foot through the city of Madrid and it was paced very well with ample of time for taking pictures and listen to our guide about attractions. The tour was really informative covering most of the attractions in Madrid. Our tour guide Sarah kept it very interesting sharing lot about history of Madrid. She was happy to answer our questions. Sarah has a great sense of humor and kept us in splits with lot of funny anecdotes. We had an opportunity to see the city effectively within 3 hours.
Madrid Free 3-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Nilesh, 01/04/2016

Highlight of the night was the Flamenco show! Night tour was just ok.

The night tour was just ok. It'll be more enjoyable if you can make a stop to take pictures. The guide was not as enthusiastic as I expected. Having a energetic guide can make a great difference in your tour specially if it's at night. However, the flamenco show was amazing! We loved it! The place was very neat, food and service was great! The artists were absolutely incredible!
Night Sightseeing Tour and Flamenco Show Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/29/2015

The tour was perfect. Our guide was informative and charming.

The tour was over before I knew it. I highly recommend - especially if you are lucky enough to have Enrique as your guide.
Skip the Line: New Madrid Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Cynthia, 12/27/2015

One of the best stadium tour I ever went

I don't support Real Madrid, but it was very nice and emotional stadium. For sure it's one of the best stadiums I ever visited. Full of trophies !!
Bernabéu Stadium Tour Reviewed by Tyrone, 12/23/2015

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