Madrid Things to Do

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  • 1. Plaza Mayor

    The Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is just a few hundred meters from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor...

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  • 2. Retiro Park

    I have mentioned in other tips on tis page that I spent a most relaxing morning wandering round the Retiro Park away from the hubbub of central Madrid and one of the things I stumbled upon was the...

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  • 3. Prado Museum

    The Museo del Prado, the art collection of the Spanish Royal Family, is one of the very best overall collections of European art. The collection is especially strong in the Spanish painters,...

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  • 4. Royal Palace

    Oficcialy the royal residence the palace is only used for state ceremonies, since the royal family lives in Zarzuela, a palace in the outskirts of town. We didn't visit it, but could appreciate one...

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  • 5. Puerta del Sol

    also plaza del sol, the epicenter of Madrid,and must be there when in the city. The km zero of Spain, the stores, restos, all around it are all leyendary, plenty here in VT but if need details let me...

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  • 6. Almudena Cathedral

    It took a long time but it was all Worth it. It was consecrated by Pope Jean-Paul II during his fourth trip to Spain, on June 15, 1993. It is the first Spanish Cathedral consecrated by a Pope. A must...

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  • 7. Gran Via

    Gran Via is the main street of Madrid with impressive buildings, restaurants and shops. It extends from Calle de Alcala to all the way down to Plaza de Espana. For people watching, shopping or fine...

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  • 8. Bullfighting

    it is monumental and a great cultural tradition even with controversies in our modern world, this is Spain,and at Madrid you see the best of it. The biggest show is for the feast of San Isidro, Madrid...

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  • 9. Atocha

    Atocha is the rail complex in central Madrid that houses the Cercanias hub for trains to the nearby suburbs and region as well as the Puerta de Atocha for the AVE trains to the rest of Spain. The...

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  • 10. Reina Sofia Museum

    This museum is Spain's collection of 20th century art, opened in 1992 and named after Dona Sofia, the present Queen of Spain. It focuses on the work of some of the leading lights in modern art- Pablo...

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  • 11. Casa de Campo

    The Casa de Campo is the largest park in Madrid. Philip II (1527-1598) was used as a royal hunting. Open to the public in 1931, it now houses the most important attractions of all parks in Madrid. The...

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  • 12. Plaza de España

    D Quixote de la Mancha is the central figure of this central square, and the only detail that allows me to link it to Spain. The architecture is somewhat closer to central europe, and the place too...

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  • 13. Real Madrid Football

    We took the metro to Santiago Bernabeu Station. Real Madrid's stadium is right next to the stop. You can tour the stadium for 16 Euros. We just walked round the outside of the stadium, took some...

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  • 14. El Parque del Buen Retiro

    This is yet another tip on one of the many things to do in the el Retiro Park where I spent a wonderful few hours on a crisp and sunny November afternoon albeit that it was very cold. I did have a...

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  • 15. Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

    One of the magnificent muséums of Madrid and the latest addtion to honor a great queen of Spain. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10h - 21h Sundays from 10h - 14h30...

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  • 16. Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

    Two years ago I compared here the Prado museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum located on the other side of the avenue. It seems that this museum, one of the best painting museums in Europe, remains...

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  • 17. El Rastro

    El Rastro is the famous open market of Madrid. You can find souvenirs, clothes, books, bags and more in this busy market. It actually felt like the open markets in Istanbul while we were wandering...

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  • 18. Plaza Colon

    This monument was a bit of a surprise really. Located along some very busy avenues and seemingly surrounded by skyscrapers, there is a plaza honoring Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish)...

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  • 19. Toledo

    While you are in Madrid, you can visit Toledo for a day. This beautiful town, rich with history and architecture, is easy to reach from Madrid by bus or train. You can check my Toledo page for details...

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  • 20. Puerta de Alcala

    I had spent a wonderful few hours in the excellent and recommended Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park) where I had seen a few of the fascinating attractions there. These form the basis of other tips...

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  • 21. Debod Temple

    a gift from Egypt to Spain from the king Adijalamani, for the construction of the dam of Assouan in 1968. free admission, and great Egyptian cave mummies art with writings on the walls and all; great...

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  • 22. Cibeles Square

    One of the most beautiful places in Madrid this square is dominated by the central fountain, created in 1782 and dedicated to goddess Cibeles. Around it Cibeles palace, Bank of Spain, Buenavista...

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  • 23. Plaza de Oriente

    Nope, Royalty could not be found here, as their official residence is the less exposed venue of Zarzuela palace. The King and Queen would only be found here during official receptions and events of...

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  • 24. La Castellana Avenue

    Madrid's grand boulevard. I have so many memories of walking along it, at just about every section, back when I lived in this city. I remember my first visit to this city when I was 12 years old. The...

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  • 25. Sabatini Gardens

    Situated on the north side of the palace, on the exact location where the old Royal Stables used to stand, the Sabatini Gardens are a perfect spot for a restful break during the exhausting sightseeing...

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