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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 a perfectly relaxing way to end our 10 day trip around Spain

I recommend taking time out of your visit to relax in the baths, especially during the winter months!

Great tour with a great tour guide Staffi

Tour was great except we didn't see much of Toledo due to heavy fog however the tour guide Staffi (hope it's the correct spelling) was the best guide I had since I came to Spain. She was very passionate when speaking about the historical areas and was very friendly towards the group. Not to mention she was very helpful and answered all the questions with enthusiasm. I would definitely recommend this trip to Toledo and Segovia even though you couldn't see much in Toledo. You should definitely try to get Staffi as your tour guide, she is remarkable and easily likeable.

Toledo & Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/07/2017

Excellent, informative, and a wonderful exploration of Spanish food

Really enjoyable interesting and informative re Spanish history and food. Back room tastings of range of cuisine and first class typical foods. Pedro is an excellent guide.

Madrid Tapas & History: Lunch/Dinner Walking Tour Reviewed by Judith, 01/06/2017

Great tour and extremely worth the cost!!

This tour was great. Extremely informative and our guide, Javon, was a wealth of information. This is a great English language tour and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about Madrid's history.

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour Reviewed by Hailey, 01/04/2017

Good to start your Madrid visit, guided tour will give good advise!

Together with guide German we visited some of the most interesting places of Madrid. Giving us background information German gave a very good impression of the history of Madrid. Really can recommend to start your visit with this guided tour.

Skip the Line: New Madrid Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Bianca, 12/29/2016

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