Things To Do In Madrid, Spain – Madrid is a vibrant city with huge contrasts and diversity; 17th century buildings line up along cobble stoned lanes, next to sky scrapers and wide shopping boulevards, the bullfight traditions live on together with gay pride festivals.
The list of things to do in Madrid Spain are endless, but we’ll try to sum it up with a few of our favorite picks to give you a good time.
Best things to do in Madrid Spain
Visit The Huge Palacio de Real
A visit to Palacio de Real, the royal residence and gardens, should be high on your list of things to in Madrid. It is one of the the largest royal palaces in Europe, and 50 of the 2,800 (!) rooms are open for the public.
But it’s not so much the sheer size of the palace, but its stunning architecture, that makes the biggest impression. The rooms inside, such as the royal pharmacy, the porcelain room, the clock room (I guess they had to find some use for all the rooms) are quite impressive, but unfortunately you’re not allowed to take any photos.
Avoid visiting on Wednesdays as that day is free entry for locals, so it tends to get very busy!
A Day at the Prado Museum
Madrid has some of the best museums in the country, not to mention Europe, that will make even the museum-hater want to visit, especially considering that many of them are free at different days and times of the year.
Out of all things to do in Madrid, a visit to the Prado museum is the most popular. The Prado has one of the most important collections of 14th-19th century European art in the world, and while the entry is €10 during the days, from 6pm-8pm entry it’s completely free (and apparently also free for “unemployed”).
Other great museums to check out and to give yourself more things to do in Madrid are Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia and Sorolla museum.
Meet Up At Plaza Mayor
One more place that cannot be missed in Madrid is the main square – Plaza Mayor. It is the classic meeting point for everyone in Madrid, and a great place for people -watching.
This is where the action is, where festivals and concerts are held, and the perfect starting point for exploring the city.
The square surrounded by Baroque buildings and over 400 balconies was built by order of the Spanish King Phillip III.
It was designed by Juan Gomez de Mora, the most famous Spanish architect of the 17th century.
Go For A Tapas Crawl
Architecture and culture in all honor, but one of the most fun things to do in Madrid is to experience the awesome nightlife and amazing cuisine.
They say that Madrid is the most Spanish of all cities, and when it comes to cuisine, this is definitely true.
Going out for tapas (ir a tapear) in Madrid, has become something more than just dining out – it’s a “tapas crawl”.
Just like with bar crawls, you seek out the specialties of each tapas restaurant, have a few picks, wash it down with alcohol, and move on to the next bar.
There are many little cafes and bars where you can have a drink or even a full Spanish meal for a reasonable price, such as Acostiña Madrid, not far from the main square.
Visit Parks & Fountains
A visit to Madrid wouldn’t be complete without seeing the fabulous fountains; fountain of Cibeles, Neptune fountain, fountain of Apollo and of course The Fountain of the Fallen Angel (the only statue to Lucifer in the whole world) are all worth a look.
Madrid is often described as an “open air museum” as every building and every statue in the city is a real masterpiece. Everything in the city reminds us about its glorifying past.
Other beautiful places to relax are the green, lush parks in Madrid; especially Retiro Park – a big park where locals and tourists alike relax in the shade with a pic nic.