Madrid makes you feel anything but indifference. In Madrid, attractions for tourists are almost countless. We would like to advise you how to fill your stomach, learn more about history, art and culture, enjoy football, have fun and find the very best parks in the capital of Spain, especially if you want to return with the most authentic impressions. So, here is our list of top 6 things to do in Madrid.
Start from “Zero”
In Madrid, places of interest can be found all around the city. Puerta del Sol (“The Gate of the Sun”) has got its name for a reason. Previously, it was the eastern entrance to the city. The most interesting and culturally significant streets start from here. In the center of the square, there is the equestrian statue of Charles III and Madrid’s city emblem, the bear and the strawberry tree. Finally, this is the zero kilometer of Spain. For local people, Puerta del Sol is a favorite meeting place in the very heart of capital. Starting Madrid tours from here is a worthy idea.
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Wondering what to see in Madrid will definitely make you hungry. Therefore, the next point of your itinerary is the Jamon Museum, where you can eat the best serrano (dried meat of the white pig) and ibérico (made from more expensive black pork). For the most delicious squid sandwiches, visit the cozy Bar Postas or the El Brilliante cafe. The world-famous Madrid signature, cocido madrileño (thick pea soup with smoked meat) can be tasted in the Malacatín tavern: the very atmosphere of this place acts as a secret ingredient and natural flavor enhancer. These are our favorite gastronomic places to visit in Madrid.
Enjoy the Rhythms of Gran Via
A kilometer-long street full of fashionable boutiques, jewelry stores, bars and casinos – that’s what one of the most popular Madrid tourist attractions looks like. It goes from the Beaux Arts-style Metropolis building all the way up to Plaza of Spain. Be sure to check out the Museo Chicote cocktail bar that was founded by the famous alcohol collector Pedro Chicote. Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, Liz Taylor and Frank Sinatra have been visiting this place regularly. On the Plaza of Spain, you are also welcome to see the monument to Miguel de Cervantes and pull the tail of Sancho Panza’s donkey – this will bring you luck till the very end of your visit to Madrid.
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Relax in the City Parks
If you feel that it gets hotter in the city, then it’s time to redirect your Madrid tour towards the greenery of the city parks. The most spacious city park is called Casa de Campo. With a lake, funiculars and a zoo, it occupies 5 times more territory than the Central Park in New York.
Retiro Park is closer to the center. It is smaller in size, but no less picturesque. You are welcome to watch a puppet show, swim in the boat, and freshen up at the fountains.
Finally, on the banks of the Manzanares River near the Royal Palace, the Campo del Moro gardens invite citizens for romantic walks. We also recommend a family trip to the Warner Brothers Park that has got highest ranks in Madrid tourism recommendation lists.
Visit the Golden Triangle of Art
When it comes to museums and galleries, the Golden Triangle of Art is a basic set of artsy things to see in Madrid.
- The Prado Museum has more than 2,000 paintings. Here, you are welcome to appreciate Bosch, El Greco, Velasquez, Goya and Rubens.
- It’s better to visit Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum a couple of days after the previous one. The masterpieces of Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Chagall, Picasso, Pollock and the Russian avant-garde artists are better approached with a fresh mind.
- Finally, the last one in our Madrid travel guide is the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía with the works of contemporary Spanish and foreign artists.
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Walk through the Places of Football Glory
No list of things to do in Madrid is complete without football. The victories of the Atletico Madrid Club are traditionally celebrated at the Fountain of Neptune, and Real Madrid fans usually take their triumphant dips in the Cibeles Fountain. This royal football club trains at the legendary Santiago Bernabéu arena. If you are not lucky enough to get to the match, check the excursions – this type of activity is highly justified to appear on our list of top 6 things to do in Madrid. You can step on the lawn where Zidane, Beckham and Ronaldo had their most glorious moments. Here, you can buy a football uniform, pajamas or even diapers with the logo of Real Madrid as well.
We hope that our list of the best Madrid places of interest made the question “What to do in Madrid?” disappear.