Madrid tourism is like anywhere else. Few European capitals can compare to Madrid when it comes to spoil visitors with an incredibly good time.
The city offers you three of the world’s best art museums, a beautifully preserved old quarter, some eclectic and bohemian neighborhoods, and hundreds of cultural shows going on every season.
Not to mention an exciting calendar of sport events and a thrilling nightlife. Expect the fun to go on late, very late –getting home after the sun rises is the norm, rather than the exception…
Sightseeing in Madrid can be challenging, there are so many attractions that you’ll hardly run out of choices.
Madrid has so much to offer, but where to start? Obviously, you’ll want to see at least some of the major landmarks, including the Plaza Mayor, the Palacio Real and the Puerta de Alcalá.
Visiting Madrid means also strolling around of the beaten path neighborhoods, exploring lively markets and charming squares, while shopping in small stores or relaxing at a park.
Madrid museums, especially its top-notch art galleries, are some of the most visited in the world. But when you just have a few days, the real challenge is choosing which ones to visit during your holidays.
The quality of Madrid’s museums in general is unsurpassed. That said, we recommend you not limiting yourself to the Golden Triangle (Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía). You will find many treasures in some refreshingly not crowded and charming environments.
Bullfighting in Spain became popular at the end of the 18th century. It is certainly one of the best-known Spanish customs as well as an important part of the country’s history and culture.
Considered the mecca of bullfighting, Las Ventas (Madrid’s bullring) hosts every year some of the most important fights in the world. The season’s major event, the Feria de San Isidro, gathers famous matadores and is a delight for most aficionados.
The city is passionate about sports and holds some major sporting events every year. While football is the most popular one (with teams Real Madrid and Atlético), tennis, basketball (with Real Madrid again and Estudiantes), running, cycling also draw the supporters’ attention.
If you are a sports fan, make sure to add a game day to your Madrid vacation – it’s an absolute must! The sports atmosphere in Madrid is thrilling all year round and some of the most intense competition is within our own rivalries.
Spain is a very musical country, starting with flamenco – a traditional style where music singing and dancing blend to convey passion and deep emotions. While Andalucía, in Southern Spain, is considered the cradle of flamenco, Madrid offers some impressive shows performed by famous artists.
Madrid is a city that boasts live music venues, clubs, concerts places and every kind of music show that you can imagine. After becoming one of Europe’s leading music destinations, Madrid’s sophisticated music panorama goes from cozy jazz to innovative electronic DJ sessions.
Zara, Mango, Camper, Pretty Ballerinas, Desigual… Spanish brands seem to be buying out the main shopping areas all over Europe and beyond. You’ve decided where to go; now it’s time to decide where to shop.
Each downtown area in Madrid has it’s own unique personality and atmosphere –Barrio de Salamanca with all the major international and luxury brands, Malasaña packed with independent shops, and Chueca being the fashionistas’ paradise.
Things To Do
With so much to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to do in Madrid while you are here. Sure, there is the Museo del Prado and the Plaza Mayor, but what about all these things Madrileños love and lots of first-time visitors will miss?
But you don’t have to content yourself with the obvious. An independent traveler like you should explore off the beaten path and go beyond the usual tourist haunts. After all, aren’t these small hidden treasures the point of traveling?
Day trips from Madrid are incredibly rewarding and, in most cases, just an hour away. If you are visiting the capital you should organize your agenda to visit at least one of these historic towns.
All of them are exciting getaways to tranquil and charming locations where the relaxed pace and the superb architecture will captivate your senses. Moreover, you won’t have any excuse to postpone your day trip when you discover how easy it is to get there.
Apart from Madrid, you may plan to visit other cities and regions in Spain. Destinations may include cultural cities, landscape locations and idyllic beaches. Didn’t you know that Spain has it all?
Unfortunately, with so much to see and do, one trip to Spain is simply not enough. If you are like the rest of us mortals and travel only for a limited number of days (or weeks, lucky you!), this section will help you choose among the most interesting Spanish highlights.