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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!"

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

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What People Are Saying About Madrid

It was the best experience that I had with my mom

The tour was marvelous, I was traveling with my mom who is 74 and we had the best time Paulina our guide was the best she was accommodating, fun, gracious, knowledgeable and very understanding. My mom and I were very happy during the tour we will do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you we are very pleased and grateful
4-Day Tour of Portugal from Madrid Reviewed by David, 09/27/2016

One of the best tours we've ever taken...Pedro was a superior host...

We enjoyed this tour so much. Pedro was friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about food. We learned a great deal while having a great time. I couldn't recommend a tour more highly, or a tour guide. Pedro, a native madrileno was the star...and the food was pretty good too! We sampled the best of the best hams and also cheeses, olive oils, accompanied by a beautifully chilled local white wine. Atmosphere at the jamoneria was fantastic. I would take another tour with Pedro anytime - he offers several.
Madrid: 2.5-Hour Wine Tasting, Ham & Tapas Tour Reviewed by Natasha, 09/27/2016

Tour was very well organized,good speaking English guide

Toledo is one of the most amazing places on Earth, and I am more than happy that this wonderful city I explored with Julia travel.
Toledo Half-Day Tour from Madrid Reviewed by elena, 09/23/2016

The Tour was fun and gave useful information, fully recomended

We really enjoyed the tour with Pedro, good wines and excellent jamon iberico, it was worth the price.. Don't miss this tour while you are in Madrid.
Madrid: Ham Tasting Tour & Wine Reviewed by Susanne, 09/22/2016

Excellent service - no need to queue for hours to get to exhibition.

Excellent service - no need to queue for hours to get to "El Bosco" exhibition in Prado in Madrid. Staff in Prado was very helpful.

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