Attractions in Madrid
Madrid is not Spain’s capital for nothing. No more magnificent buildings or magnificent museums can be found anywhere else in Spain. Here there are attractions and sights for all tourists!
The Royal Palace of Madrid
The castle or Palacio Real is a Renaissance building in typical Italian Baroque style. This huge building, completed in 1714, has more than 2,500 rooms. It was Napoleon’s brother who built the space around the building. The address is Plaza de Oriente (248-7404).
Catedral de la Almudena
This cathedral is located just south of the Royal Palace, at Plaza de la Armeria. The drawings for the cathedral were made as early as the 18th century, but construction began only in the 1800s, and the building was not completed until 1993.
The castle had a Gothic style at first, but this one is moderately neoclassical to match the castle.
This is Madrid’s pride and Spain’s National Museum. Here you will find among other things Goya’s masterpiece. Prado is one of the world’s most valuable art museums. At the same time, the building is one of the most beautiful in Madrid.
NB! Closed on Mondays. The address is Paseo del Prado 420-3662.
Madrid Retiro Park
Right at the Prado Museum you will find the most famous park in Madrid, Parque del Retiro. Here is an artificial lake, fountains, statues and a park complex that impresses. The park was established as early as 1631 for relaxation and maybe some romance?
Historically, this place is very important for Madrid. It is also an architectural gem that is perfectly preserved. The Plaza Mayor dates from the early 1600s. Here there have been coronations of kings, bullfights, festivals and demonstrations. All summer there are activities here.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a state museum that aims to increase knowledge and interest in sculptures and plastic arts. The address is Santa Isabel 52.
This museum consists of the collection of Baron Hans Thyssen-Bornemisza. Here you will find paintings by the old masters, but also masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The museum is open between 8 p.m. 1000 and 1900 Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). The address is Paseo del Prado 8. Click here for the homepage of the Thyssen Museum.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
This is the home ground of Real Madrid. Here you have the opportunity to see the grass quilt, prize collection and wardrobe facilities of perhaps the best football team in the world. Take the opportunity to exit the player exit. There is a guided tour every day between 1 pm 1030 and 1830 (not match days).
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium’s address is Concha Espina 1.
Indoor ski slope
Xanadu is a shopping and leisure center, but also a ski pass. Admittedly, the park is located just outside Madrid (in the village of Arroyomolinos, 23 km southwest), but since there are only a few similar parks in the world (the others are located in Tokyo and Dubai), we recommend it as an attraction to take with you.
Three hills have been built under a large dome. The slopes are open 365 days a year. Read more on the website www.madridxanadu.com
Movieworld in Madrid is a very special park. Here you will find rides and roller coasters, as well as Hollywood entertainment. You will find five themes: Hollywood Boulevard, Cartoon Village, Wild West, DC Super Heroes World and Warner Bros. Studio. The park is in the village of San Martin de la Vega, approx. 25 km from Madrid city center.
Faunia – biological theme park
The park’s concept is to unite leisure and contact with nature. Faunia is the largest theme park of its kind in Europe. Here you can experience Mediterranean forests, tropical jungles and Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems. For information and opening hours, call +34 91 301 62 10. The address is Avenida de las Comunidades, 28 and the ark is at the metro station.
Madrid’s bullfight arena is called Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. It is ranked as one of the best in all of Spain. It is located at Calle de Alcalá 237. Click here for the bullfighter arena’s website.
The strawberry train is the favorite of all children and adults. The train is dressed up and fresh strawberries are served. There are Saturdays and Sundays between April and July, in addition to September. The train leaves from Atocha Station at. 1000 and returns from Aranjuez at. 1830.
The train journey includes a visit to the castle. Booking can be done on the Internet. On the train there will be information in English.
Tourist in Madrid
There are many guided tours that you can book at the hotel or directly on the internet. The buses that run between the main tourist attractions have information in several different languages. You buy the ticket on the bus.
Since Madrid is a big city, you may want to use a guided bus tour to get some overview of Madrid and its different areas.
Day 1 in Madrid
Don’t get up too early. Remember that you are in Madrid and that the night is definitely not going to be young. Have a good breakfast at the hotel and get to the Prado Museum. First, the Prado area is a great starting point for what’s going to happen for the rest of the day. Secondly, the Prado Museum is something you just have to experience. You will not go anywhere, but we recommend that you at least take your time in the Goya department.
Retiro Park and Independence Square
After the museum visit, it may make sense to relax in Retiro Park. Buy a coffee and something easy to eat and enjoy life. Let the park’s amenities and beauty calm you down and give you new powers. After relaxing in the Retiro Park, the time is ripe to move towards Plaza de Cibeles. The retiro park has many exits, but try to find the exit towards Calle de Alfonso XII. You will then go straight to the Puerta de Alcala at Plaza de la Independencia. Puerta de Alcala’s “door” is a beautiful triumphal arch made in 1778 by Francisco Sabatini.
From Independence Square (Plaza de la Independencia) you can walk down Calle Alcala Street towards Plaza de Cibeles. On the way you will see the neoclassical Palacio de Comunicaciones. The building works as Madrid’s main post office. The beautiful ornaments found on the walls of the building were started in 1905. Directly behind this building you will find Plaza de Cibeles. At the heart of the square is a fountain shaped like a carriage drawn by lions. In the cart sits the Greek fertility goddess Cibeles.
Lunch and the Royal Castle
Now we think the time has come for a long and delicious lunch. We recommend you take it at Casa Labra, which is a great tapas bar. It has been in operation since 1860. You will find Casa Labra on Calle de Tetuan 11, right on Calle de Mayor. The distance from Plaza de Cibeles is approx. one kilometer, so you can feel free to take a taxi ride if you are tired.
After a long and good lunch you should bring some beautiful buildings before relaxing in the hotel to prepare for a long evening. We think of the Royal Palace and the Catedral de la Almudena. The castle is at Plaza de Oriente 248, and the Catedral de la Almudena is just south of the castle, at the Plaza de la Armeria.
Pealla and nightclub
For dinner you might want to try paella? Paella is a rice dish originally from Valencia. It is really a Sunday dish, but is now eaten every day. The accessories are vegetables and fish, shellfish or meat. La Paella de la Reina is a good and authentic paella restaurant. It is located in La Reina 39.
Maybe you should end Day 1 at one of Madrid’s many clubs? Take a trip to Huertas and you will surely find a place to spend the evening (and night) if you wish. If you are young or youthful in mind, Malasana may be a good choice. This is where the youth gather.
Day 2 in Madrid
Madrid has many markets, and we recommend that you bring one of these at least. We suggest El Rastro (open from 0800 to 1400 on Sundays). This giant flea market is more than a tourist trap. It’s an experience you should bring. It attracts everyone in Madrid, and if you are in Madrid on a Sunday, bring this. After the market visit, we suggest you take a trip to the Salamanca area and the street Calle de Serrano. Here you will find great shops and you can really get the shopping as much as you want. Once in Madrid, you should stop at El Corte Ingles in the same street. It is Spain’s most famous shopping center.
Bullfighting or flamenco?
On Sunday there is bullfighting in the bullfighting arena. If you are not opposed to this entertainment, you might want to go there. If you are against bullfighting, a flamenco night may be an option. Both are typically Spanish. There are many opportunities to experience flamenco in Madrid, but the quality of the performances varies. One tip is to book a course through GoMadrid at The Corral de la Moreria. There you will find a group of eight famous Flamenco artists (singers, dancers and guitarists) and you will have a full evening of excellent Spanish food in combination with a larger Flamenco show. Tickets can be booked online, and the restaurant is centrally located in Madrid, next to the Royal Palace (Calle Moreria, 17). Click here for maps.OBS! The restaurant opens at 2030, and the show will gladly last until 6 p.m. 0200.