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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
  • Events in Madrid
    Gay Pride
    19. Jun 2016 - 2. Jul 2016
    City Center (Madrid)

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What people are saying about Madrid

Fabulous,knowledgable guide, perfect timing and great sights. Thank u

Everything about this tour was fantastic From the comfortable bus, the vivacious, knowledgable guide who moved between Spanish and English flawlessly to the timely movement between sights...it was a great day for us. Money well spent. Thank you so much
Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Patricia, 05/07/2016

Excellent organisation and very good information in bus

Free headsets in your language. Booked before we went and picked up tickets on the bus - thoroughly enjoyed experience and well worth the money
Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour) Reviewed by linda, 05/04/2016

Experience Madrid with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide

Ignacio (Nacho) lead us on a comfortable paced walk through the heart of Madrid. During his well-paced walking tour (with rest stops for roof top views, snacks, and drinks) we strolled through the vibrant history and modern marvel that is today's Madrid Cities’ center. He took the time to educate us as to where and how we could eat affordable like the locals, or splurge for culinary delight. During our walk through the parks, back streets, plazas and major boulevards he made sure we knew where we were in conjunction to our Hotel as well as the major sights and landmarks. We can now navigate Madrid’s myriad streets with the best. He gave us the knowledge and the history behind the sights we saw which has allowed us to go back and choose what we wanted to invest more time at. A wonderful time with a true professional.

Amazing location with an amazing tour guide

Informative tour guide, I would suggest anyone going on this trip to get some sandwiches and water with you as the local restaurants are pricey.
Toledo & Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Juliana, 04/19/2016

Perfect tour to learn the food and wine traditions of Madrid

Our guide was really informative and gave us a tour that combined history as well as the food and wine. We were lucky enough to have the guide to ourselves - he did not behave like he did it any differently or rushed just because there was only 2 of us, The first stop to the traditional tavern was great - we enjoyed learning and tasting the sample of cocido. The second was even better - trying the cheeses, olive oils, selection of cured meats and of course the Iberian ham was amazing. the wine was also fantastic. I'd thoroughly recommend the tour to anyone who wants a less touristy tour of Madrid
Madrid: Ham Tasting Tour & Wine Reviewed by Rebecca, 04/10/2016

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