10 Best Things To Do in Madrid

5 de March de 2020 

Madrid is the capital of Spain and has a notable amount of tourists yearly. The city is known for its great cultural and artistic heritage as well as its richness in history. It housed notable museums and is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. The city offers some of the world’s most high-spirited nightlife. No wonder why tourists can’t help themselves from visiting the city. With the numerous possible things to do and places to visit in Madrid, we’ve listed the top must-things to do when in the city. 


  1. Experience Plaza  Mayor 

Located in the heart of Madrid, Madrid’s main square is one of the attractions that every tourist must experience. The renaissance square was built in the early 1600s and had witnessed the city’s historical events from coronations to beheadings. You can grab some coffee and snacks while enjoying the view. The 400-year-old bronze statue of King Philip III on horseback  is also found in the square. 

  1. A taste of art at Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado)

The city housed several famous museums and Prado Museum is one of the most famous. It houses 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures. Some of the notable paintings present in the museum are Las Meninas by Velazquez, Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, and The Third of May 1808 by Goya.

You can visit the museum from Mondays to Saturdays from 10AM until 8PM and 10AM until 7PM during Sundays and holidays. 


  1. A breath of nature at Retiro Park

After witnessing a wealth of art, you can have a picnic at the Retiro Park, which is adjacent to Prado Museum. Feel free to spend the afternoon at the city’s most beautiful park. The 300-some-acre park is filled with formal gardens, cafes, lakes, playgrounds, and a lot more. Rose Garden features more than 4,000 roses, Crystal Palace holds regular art exhibitions and offers rowboats for rent. Puppet shows are usually hosted by the Teatro de Titeres on weekends. 

The park also boasts the Montezuma Cypress, the oldest tree in the city that was planted in 1633.


  1. A glimpse of royalty at the Royal Palace 

Take a tour at the Royal Palace, former official residence of Spain’s royal family. Witness the centuries worth royal collections and frescoes, including paintings by Caravaggio, Goya, and Velasquez. The palace also houses the world’s only string quartet of Stradivarius instruments as well as Royal Armoury.  

Royal Palace was built for King Philip V in the mid-1700s and is the largest royal palace in western Europe.  


  1. Meet and greet at Puerta Del Sol 

Located next to the Casa de Correos (Post Office Building), the grand square is known for being a meeting place. A clock is situated at the top of the Correos, which involves a ritual of eating a grape in every chime of the clock for good luck. The square also features the symbol of Madrid since the Middle Ages, the El Oso y El Madroño statue.


  1. A walk at the Gran Via 

If you are into taking a stroll and exploring the city, Gran Via is the best place to start. It is the city’s center for entertainment, cultural events, and shopping. One of the busiest areas of the city that is often awake until dawn. Telefonica Building is one of the amazing sights you’ll come across as you stroll.


  1. Shop at Mercado San Miguel 

An amazing covered market built in 1916 and is the most famous market in the city. It is a walking distance from Plaza Mayor. It’s not the usual grocery market but more like a gourmet tapas market where you can buy freshly prepared tapas, saffron, and other products that Spain offers.  


  1. Taste the best Churros and Hot Chocolate at San Ginés

Do not leave Madrid without tasting the Spanish hot chocolate paired with churro, a deep-fried piped dough. After a stroll at Puerta del Sol, head to Chocolateria San Gines and experience their best-tasting churros and hot chocolate.  


  1. Another dose of art at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art

If you’re still craving for art after a visit at Prado Museum, visit Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, which is part of the city’s Golden Triangle of Art. The museum features a great collection of art from throughout the history. Approximately 1000 art pieces are exhibited. It includes works from English and German artists like Hans Baldung and a collection of American abstract expressionism.  


  1. Witness the classic Spanish dance at Flamenco Houses

Nightlife doesn’t always mean drinking alcohol. You can end your day by watching a Flamenco show. Flamenco is a classic Spanish dance that is an important part of their culture. Corral de la Moreria is known as the best place to watch Flamenco performances. It has held shows since 1956. 


Madrid is definitely one of best cities to visit. It offers impressive museums, vibrant energy, famous plazas and parks, indoor and outdoor markets, towering monuments, and wonderful buildings. Be mesmerized and captured by the richness of culture and history of the city. Enjoy your travel! 

Last update 05/03/2020 7:47:55

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