Comunidad de Madrid Things to Do

  • Plaza Mayor
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    Retiro Park
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  • Royal Palace
    by JuliaMac

Comunidad de Madrid Things to Do

  • Retiro Park

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 Estanque or boating lake. In my experience, boating lakes tend to be about the size of a decent jacuzzi and you basically end up going round in such...

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  • Plaza Mayor

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    The Plaza Mayor is a central, rectangular square in the heart of Madrid. It is surrounded on all sides by three-level buildings and porticoes; it is connected to the city by nine passages. The Casa de Panaderia, an administrative center, has beautiful painted facades. A statue of King Philip III stands in the square since 1848. The square itself...

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  • Prado Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    this is what is left of the palace that was here built from 1637, it has been an annex of the Museum of the Prado since 1971. I was living in Madrid while this went on. It was originally built as a dance hall of the palace of Buen Retiro (from which the park takes its name). The Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano participated in the decoration of...

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  • Bullfighting

    Madrid Things to Do

    Regardless how you view bullfighting, the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas - Madrids famous bullring in the eastern suburb of Guindalera - is a sight to behold. It has capacity for 25.000 visitors and was opened in 1931. If you intend to buy tickets, keep in mind that there are two classes of tickets, "shade" and "sun" tickets, the latter being cheaper...

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  • Royal Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 the gardens, Sabatini gardens, whose name comes from the architect that designed the stable demolished to build the gardens in 1930.

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  • Puerta del Sol

    Madrid Things to Do

    The "Puerta del Sol" is one of the busiest squares in Madrid. The name comes from a former 15th century city gate that was decorated with a symbolic sun. According to ancient tradition, Madrilenes gather around the clocktower of Puerta del Sol on New Year`s Eve and eat a grape at each toll of the 12 p.m., which is supposed to bring good luck for...

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  • Almudena Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    In december 2011 I was lucky to meet the cardenal Rouco Varela and had a short conversation with him. The Cathedral is not old; it was built during the XIX and XX centuries and consecrated in 1993 by the Pope Juan Pablo II during his visit to Madrid.

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  • Gran Via

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 dining, you can come here.

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  • Atocha

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    I need advice as I cannot purchase multiple city tickets on Renfe website. I need to travel via train from Madrid | Cordoba | Seville | Granada | Malaga and return the same route or not. I need to get back from Malaga to Madrid to catch my return flight home. ANY SUGGESTIONS? Thank you.

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  • Casa de Campo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    Casa de Campo is an extensive parc in the west of Madrid, accessible by metro. Once a hunting ground for the Spanish Kings, since 1931 it is open to the public. Casa de Canpo has hiking and cycling trails, lakes & boat rental, playgrounds, as well as the Madrid Zoo and a theme park.

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  • Reina Sofia Museum

    Madrid Things to Do

    The largest in Spain collection of the modern art of XX century is presented in Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. The building of the museum is reconstructed from the building of hospital. It is possible to see there Picasso (well-known "Guernica"), Dali, Miro and other Spanish artists who lived and created in XX century.

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  • Plaza de España

    Madrid Things to Do

    The monument to Miguel Servantes is installed on Plaza de Espana. This monument became the same symbol of Madrid, as well as the she-bear at Puerta del Sol. The monument represents a huge obelisk on the coast of the reservoir. The figure of the writer is located at bottom of the obelisk. You can see Don Kihot and Sancho Pansa below the obelisk.

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  • Plaza Colon

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    One of the most esteemed citizens of Spain is Columbus. Monuments to this remarkable seafarer can be seen in many cities of Spain. As a rule, it is an obelisk with Columbus's figure at the top. It is quite natural to see such a monument as well In Madrid. It is installed on (in spanish Columbus is Colon). The memorial, devoted to the discovery of...

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  • Real Madrid Football

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 photos and visited the club shop. There were a couple of restaurants, bars in the stadium, too.

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  • Cibeles Square

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 palace and Linares palace compose the "living room" of real Madrid supporters, and the main meeting point for tourists.

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  • Debod Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 for the entire family, and a great park to walk and play. This is how to get there Metro: stations Plaza de España (línes 3 and 10)and Ventura...

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  • Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    Part of the so called "Triangle of Art" in Madrid, which also includes the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, the Thyssen-Bornemisza offers an eclectic collection from the Classical to the Modern that is well arranged and organized. The subtle color tones of the walls, strategic lighting and stone floors add to the ambiance in exploring over 1000 works...

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  • El Parque del Buen Retiro

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    This is one of my favourite parks in the world (once the site of a palace of King Phillip IV. until destroyed in the Napoleonic Wars). Among the main attractions of "el Parque del Buen Retiro" is the artificial lake Estanque de Retiro, close to the monument of King Alfons XII. The Retiro Parque is also home to the "Palacio de Cristal", a glass...

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  • Plaza de Oriente

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 similar nature... So chances of seeing the Royal family in person could be accounted to more or less 0, as neither you nor me are likely to be invited...

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  • El Rastro

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 around El Rastro.

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  • Puerta de Alcala

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    Built in 1778 by king Carlos III as one of the entrances in town, this monumental door was designed by Sabatini. In 2001 Madrid was the World Book Capital, and that was the pretext to embellish the square, adding the gardens and lights that still may be seen.

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  • Toledo

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 about this impressive town.

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  • La Castellana Avenue

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    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 ground tiles, and their beautiful pattern fascinated me. This time around I was only able to walk along the section close to Cibeles while checking...

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  • Sabatini Gardens

    Madrid Things to Do

    The Sabatini Gardens/Jardines de Sabatini stand were the former stable buildings of the Palacio Real in Madrid once were. Adiacent to the Royal Palace on Calle de Bailen, they were completed only in the late 1970`s, although they look like a formal garden from the 18th century, with sheared hedges, pools, fountains, and a geometrical layout. They...

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  • Palacio Real

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    wonderful to rival with any in Europe, the King of Spain does not live, it is for the people to enjoy it. much written on it here, so if need details let me know, lived there for four years,and visit every year . The Palace was built between 1738 and 1755 by king Felipe V and was finally lived in by king Carlos III in 1764. Some of the works of...

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  • Town Hall Square

    Madrid Things to Do

    This rugged entrance-way on the opposite side of the square from City Hall is part of the very old Casa de los Lujanes, home to the family of Alvaro de Lujan for almost 200 years. Both it and an attached tower (partially visible in the 2nd photo) were built in the 1400s in the Muslim-influenced Mudéjar style of that era. The house is reported to...

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  • Mercado de San Miguel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    This is another one of those tips that I find it difficult to place on VT as it could easily sit in nightlife, restaurants, shopping and things to do so, as you can see, I have picked the latter. The tip refers to the Mercado de San Miguel (St. Michael's Market) which really is a most incredible place for many reasons as I hope to explain. Let's...

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  • La Latina

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    La Latina is a lively, friendly and warm area of Madrid where you can walk along the narrow streets, enjoy tapas and life. With our friends we visited this area for warming up before the big Eurocup 2012 final. The bars were full and everybody seemed to enjoy. I guess La Latina could be a good spot for nightlife and entertainment as well as meeting...

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  • Madrid Vision

    Madrid Things to Do

    This is a great way to get to see the sights and get your bearings in Madrid. It's the usual open top tourist bus (in red!) which circles the cities tourist sights. in this case there are two routes... red route (21 stops) for the old town and blue (15 stops) for the more modern side of Madrid. Each route takes about 75 minutes to complete, longer...

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  • Plaza Santa Ana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    This is one of the great plaza's of Madrid, located east of the Puerta del Sol. The plaza Santa Ana is where the local's come to relax and drink and eat. On the west side of the plaza stands the Hotel Reina Victoria. Inside the hotel there is a very upscale bar in the lobby and a very exclusive bar on the roof. Of course price are high at these...

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  • Walking

    Madrid Things to Do

    I have to say that walking through big cities is giving me the impression of belonging to those places. Madrid is one of the best places I’ve been walking through. It is somehow the same as Paris, you’ll never get bored being there. Every narrow street in the old city, every large boulevard on the modern part of it, all Madrid is calling you back...

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  • Faro de Moncloa

    Madrid Things to Do

    The transmission tower stands at 110 metres high. It is known by the name ‘La Torre de Iluminacion y Comunicaciones del Ayuntamiento de Madrid”.. quite a mouthful. There is an observation deck but sadly since 2005 it has been closed to the public following a fire in another building which brought into line new fire regulations of which the tower...

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  • Teatro Real

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    The Royal Theatre was built on the site of several former theatres. Construction began in 1818 at the request of Ferdinand VII but was not completed until 1850 due to political events and lack of money. When it did finally open, the first performance was Opera La Favorita.

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  • Barrio de las Letras

    Madrid Things to Do

    This is the original house where Félix Lope de Vega (1562-1635) lived in the Golden Age of spanish letters. Even if you don't like the theatre writer Lope de Vega it is a good example of how houses were at that time.

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  • Plaza de la Villa

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    Constructed commenced in 1644 of the former Town Hall and finished in 1696. No longer the Town Hall, the building remains operational to this very day. The statute in the square is in memory of Alvarode Bazan the Spanish Admiral who planned the Armada fleet to invade England.

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  • Paseo Del Prado

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    Street that runs by the Prado, contains at least a dozen fountains. Also restaurants, etc. The street runs from the Plaza de Cibeles to Atocha station and contains lots of fountains up and down its short run.

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  • El Escorial

    Madrid Things to Do

    Built under the reign of King Felipe II between 1.563 and 1.584 for Palace, Monastery and Royal Pantheon use. Excellent day trip. For the whole information, visit the page on San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Apart from the Monastery itself, I recommend to stroll the streets and enjoy the other tips I suggest.

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  • Monasterio de las Descalzas Reale

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    This lovely monastery, built in the XVI century is full of treasures. Pictures are forbidden inside. You have to join a group, you are not allowed to visit it individually. A guide, speaking Spanish and English will give explanations in every hall. Everywhre is a wonder, probably this is the most pretty monastery in Madrid after El Escorial. This...

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  • Museo Naval

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    a wonderful museum of naval history, and who wants to see the Spanish Armada, of course from Spain's point of view. The museum is divided into sections such as history of the Spanish navy Naval construction the nautical sciences, cosmography, cartography and instruments the history of maritime discovery ,trips, navigation the subaquatic...

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  • Segovia

    Madrid Things to Do

    Originally built between 1872 and 1874, this was the first viaduct to be built over Calle de Segovia and is an important landmark in Madrid. It was designed by Eugenio Barron and was originally constructed of timber and iron. In 1934 the bridge was reinforced with concrete and then during the Civil War was rebuilt. It stands at 23 metres above...

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  • Palacio de Communicaciones

    Madrid Things to Do

    This is one of the most attractive buildings of Madrid, located at the Placa de Cibeles roundabout. Formely known as the Palacio de Communicaciones, it has been renamed since 2011 into "Palacio de Cibeles". Built between 1904-1919, it was once the seat of the Spanish Postal Services; since 2011, it is home to the Madrid city council.

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  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía - in short: Museo Reina Sofía - is Madrids leading modern art museum. Established 1992, it began to take over the Prado Collection of 20th century modern art and other collections, which includes mainly Spanish and a few international artists. Amon the most famous painters are Pablo Picasso, Salvador...

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  • Zoo - Aquarium

    Madrid Things to Do

    great are Sol, the center of Madrid, for kids better go to La Casa de Campo, metro batan or take the cable car=teleferico at parque del oeste, there is an aquarius, zoo, and amusement rides park there. the metro will take you quickly. http://www.teleferico.com/ all info about other parks is in the above link the covered palace of xanadu is great...

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  • Iglesia de San Jeronimo el Real

    4 out of 5 stars

    Madrid Things to Do

    This beautiful church is located next to museum Prado. It is what remains of the monastery of San Jeronimo el Real. The church is founded in 1503 during the time of Queen Isabella I. The church has many art treasures including work by Carducho and Jose Mendez and Juan de Mena Cristo. It is open from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.00pm.

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  • Edificio Metropolis

    Madrid Things to Do

    At the entrance to Calle Gran Via is a Madrid landmark – the Metropolis building which was built in 1910. The Neo-Baroque styled building was designed by French architects Raymond and Jules Fevrier and has beautiful gold decoration scrolling around the cupola which looks like it is covered in black fish-like scales. On top there is a sculpture...

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Comunidad de Madrid Hotels

  • Hotel Atlantico

    With most four-star hotels in Madrid (and throughout Western Europe) charging US$400 or more, the...

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  • Hotel Posada Don Jaime

    San Anton No. 24, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 28200, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • NH Principe de la Paz

    C/ San Antonio 22, Aranjuez, Madrid, 28300, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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