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Top Things To See In Madrid

From kicking back with a sangria and a calamari sandwich at one of Plaza Mayor’s open-air cafes, to breathlessly rooting for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, losing yourself in the roses of the Parque del Buen Retiro, or journeying through the history of Spanish art at the Museo Del Prado, there are plenty of amazing things to see in Madrid. To help you navigate this intriguing city, we’ve put together 360 ° guides to some of Madrid’s more magical landmarks. Just click on through to explore the city from the comfort of your own home, and get inspired for your next gran aventura!

Royal Palace Of Madrid
  • Royal Palace Of Madrid
  • The largest royal palace in Western Europe, the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) is no longer the residence of the Spanish King, but it still provides a fascinating look at royal life and Madrid’s history. The palace is built on the former grounds of the burnt-down Alcázar, and the property’s history dates back to the 9th century. Today the palace houses a number of notable collections, including The Royal Armoury, which showcases the personal arms of the Kings of Spain, and the Royal Pharmacy, which exhibits a wealth of vintage medicinal artefacts and herbs.
  • The largest royal palace in Western Europe, the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) is no longer the residence of the Spanish King, but it still provides a fascinating look at royal life and Madrid’s history. The palace is built on the former grounds of the burnt-down Alcázar, and the property’s history dates back to the 9th century. Today the palace houses a number of notable collections, including The Royal Armoury, which showcases the personal arms of the Kings of Spain, and the Royal Pharmacy, which exhibits a wealth of vintage medicinal artefacts and herbs.
  • Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour
Plaza Mayor
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Situated in the centre of the city, Plaza Mayor is one of Madrid’s most popular meeting spots, and a great place to get off your feet while enjoying a glass of Rioja at the arcade’s bustling bars and cafes. Inaugurated by Felipe III in 1620, Plaza Mayor has played an important role in the city’s history for centuries. Although it no longer hosts bullfights, coronations or public executions, the square is still home to the annual San Isidro Festival in May, when it comes alive with traditional music and dance.
  • Situated in the centre of the city, Plaza Mayor is one of Madrid’s most popular meeting spots, and a great place to get off your feet while enjoying a glass of Rioja at the arcade’s bustling bars and cafes. Inaugurated by Felipe III in 1620, Plaza Mayor has played an important role in the city’s history for centuries. Although it no longer hosts bullfights, coronations or public executions, the square is still home to the annual San Isidro Festival in May, when it comes alive with traditional music and dance.
  • Small-Group Habsburg Dynasty Walking Tour & Skip-the-Line at Prado Museum
Parque Del Retiro
  • Parque Del Retiro
  • The grand gardens of Parque del Buen Retiro are some of Europe’s most beautiful, and no trip to Madrid is complete without a visit to this most magical of Spanish landscapes. The park was originally built as a Royal retreat, and its lush lawns, charming lakes, preening peacocks and elegant buildings are still fit for a king. Visitors can stroll down the Paseo de la Argentina, or “The Statue Walk”, to get a glimpse of monuments to royalty, while La Rosaleda bursts with the blooms of over 4000 roses. Also of note is the Palacio de Cristal, a gorgeous glass building created for the 1887 Philippine exhibition.
  • The grand gardens of Parque del Buen Retiro are some of Europe’s most beautiful, and no trip to Madrid is complete without a visit to this most magical of Spanish landscapes. The park was originally built as a Royal retreat, and its lush lawns, charming lakes, preening peacocks and elegant buildings are still fit for a king. Visitors can stroll down the Paseo de la Argentina, or “The Statue Walk”, to get a glimpse of monuments to royalty, while La Rosaleda bursts with the blooms of over 4000 roses. Also of note is the Palacio de Cristal, a gorgeous glass building created for the 1887 Philippine exhibition.
  • Guide to Exploring El Retiro Park
Museo Del Prado
  • Museo Del Prado
  • When it comes to things to do in Madrid, perhaps nothing is as awe-inspiring as a visit to the world famous Museo Del Prado. The museum is more than just a local landmark, it has one of the world’s most magnificent collections of European art, and if you’re even remotely interested in the works of Spanish masters such as Goya and Velázquez, it’s a bucket-list destination. While the collection of Spanish paintings is the biggest attraction, the museum also showcases work by Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt and Bosch, providing a wide window onto various European schools.
  • When it comes to things to do in Madrid, perhaps nothing is as awe-inspiring as a visit to the world famous Museo Del Prado. The museum is more than just a local landmark, it has one of the world’s most magnificent collections of European art, and if you’re even remotely interested in the works of Spanish masters such as Goya and Velázquez, it’s a bucket-list destination. While the collection of Spanish paintings is the biggest attraction, the museum also showcases work by Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt and Bosch, providing a wide window onto various European schools.
  • Guided Visit to Prado Museum with Priority Access
Gran Vía
  • Gran Vía
  • Gran Vía is Madrid’s most iconic street, and runs from Alcalá Street to the bustling Plaza de España. This imposing thoroughfare is lined with elegant buildings and local landmarks, including the Telefónica Building (the city’s first skyscraper), the Capitol building and Callao Square – home to several vintage cinemas. The area is known as Spain’s Broadway, so it’s a prime spot for theatregoers to catch a performance, while shoppers flock to El Corte Inglés, an upscale department store. Of special note is The Metropolis Building, which features a cupola adorned with a statue that’s become synonymous with the area.
  • Gran Vía is Madrid’s most iconic street, and runs from Alcalá Street to the bustling Plaza de España. This imposing thoroughfare is lined with elegant buildings and local landmarks, including the Telefónica Building (the city’s first skyscraper), the Capitol building and Callao Square – home to several vintage cinemas. The area is known as Spain’s Broadway, so it’s a prime spot for theatregoers to catch a performance, while shoppers flock to El Corte Inglés, an upscale department store. Of special note is The Metropolis Building, which features a cupola adorned with a statue that’s become synonymous with the area.
  • Madrid Attractions Flexi Pass
El Rastro Flea Market
  • El Rastro Flea Market
  • Held on Sunday mornings in the Embajadores neighbourhood, El Rastro is the country’s most popular open-air flea market, drawing crowds of visitors and locals alike. Shoppers can find anything from vintage furniture and rare records to gas masks, flamenco dresses and homemade prints. It’s a great place to people-watch or to shop for that one-of-a-kind souvenir, and its location on Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores means it’s only a short stroll from the bustling bars at Plaza Mayor. The Mercado de San Miguel, meanwhile, is a great place to grab lunch; try a calamari sandwich washed down with a glass of sangria.
  • Held on Sunday mornings in the Embajadores neighbourhood, El Rastro is the country’s most popular open-air flea market, drawing crowds of visitors and locals alike. Shoppers can find anything from vintage furniture and rare records to gas masks, flamenco dresses and homemade prints. It’s a great place to people-watch or to shop for that one-of-a-kind souvenir, and its location on Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores means it’s only a short stroll from the bustling bars at Plaza Mayor. The Mercado de San Miguel, meanwhile, is a great place to grab lunch; try a calamari sandwich washed down with a glass of sangria.
  • Guide to Exploring El Rastro
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
  • Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
  • The stomping ground of Real Madrid, one of the most successful football teams in the world, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium draws sports fans from around the Continent. It’s a great place to catch a match, and the atmosphere is especially lively when Real Madrid take on city rivals Atletico, or go head to head with their nemesis Barcelona. These matches are especially popular, so book your tickets early. Visitors who can’t get tickets but still want to catch a glimpse of the stadium can check out the self-guided tours, which cover the tunnels, the presidential box, the trophy room and the press room.
  • The stomping ground of Real Madrid, one of the most successful football teams in the world, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium draws sports fans from around the Continent. It’s a great place to catch a match, and the atmosphere is especially lively when Real Madrid take on city rivals Atletico, or go head to head with their nemesis Barcelona. These matches are especially popular, so book your tickets early. Visitors who can’t get tickets but still want to catch a glimpse of the stadium can check out the self-guided tours, which cover the tunnels, the presidential box, the trophy room and the press room.
  • FC Real Madrid - Santiago Bernabeu Museum & Stadium Experience
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • While the Prado Museum is known for its expansive selection of Spanish art, and in particular its Goyas, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza offers a much more eclectic viewing experience. The museum was established to house the private collection of Baron Thyssen, and thus is formed primarily of various pieces the Baron loved, regardless of their provenance or school. You’ll find everything from Monets and Van Goghs to Picassos and works by Edward Hopper. Perhaps the closest the museum comes to coherency is the display of Cubism in Room 41, but for the most part it’s an enchanting melee of diverse masterpieces, and you’ll never know what’s around the next corner.
  • While the Prado Museum is known for its expansive selection of Spanish art, and in particular its Goyas, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza offers a much more eclectic viewing experience. The museum was established to house the private collection of Baron Thyssen, and thus is formed primarily of various pieces the Baron loved, regardless of their provenance or school. You’ll find everything from Monets and Van Goghs to Picassos and works by Edward Hopper. Perhaps the closest the museum comes to coherency is the display of Cubism in Room 41, but for the most part it’s an enchanting melee of diverse masterpieces, and you’ll never know what’s around the next corner.
  • Admission to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum & Shopping at Las Rozas Village
Temple of Debod
  • Temple of Debod
  • One of Madrid’s most unusual sights is the ancient Egyptian temple that sits unassumingly in West Park, just a stone’s throw from the modernity of bustling Plaza de España. The Temple of Debod was a gift from Egypt to the Spanish government, and was moved piece by piece to Madrid in 1968. Today the Temple is a local legend – some claim that it was the birthplace of Horus – and occupies a special place hearts of Madrileños, who have made it one of the city’s most beloved landmarks. The Temple is especially stunning at dusk, when its softly lit reflection shimmers on the quay.
  • One of Madrid’s most unusual sights is the ancient Egyptian temple that sits unassumingly in West Park, just a stone’s throw from the modernity of bustling Plaza de España. The Temple of Debod was a gift from Egypt to the Spanish government, and was moved piece by piece to Madrid in 1968. Today the Temple is a local legend – some claim that it was the birthplace of Horus – and occupies a special place hearts of Madrileños, who have made it one of the city’s most beloved landmarks. The Temple is especially stunning at dusk, when its softly lit reflection shimmers on the quay.
  • The Ultimate Madrid Segway Tour

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