Best things to do and see in Madrid, the Spain´s capital is full of life, charm and atmosphere.
Proposals to start sightseeing in Madrid.
Here you have a unique and extend route of irreplaceable places in Madrid, we are confident that it will be useful and will make you discover its secrets and magic and make you live unforgettable sensations and moments.
LA PUERTA DEL SOL, It is one of the most touristic and famous squares in Madrid. It is construction started in the XVIII century and one century later it was finished. You will find here la estatua del oso y el madroño and km 0. It is the meeting point for protests and demonstrations and Spaniards have lived here some important events such as the Proclamation of the Second Republic.
EL TELEFERICO (the cable car): You can see the city from the air.
ROYAL PALACE: It is the official residence of the King of Spain, though they do not live there. It was inaugurated in 1755 and it is an architectural style classic and baroque. It impresses you whenever you look at it. You can visit it for free from Monday to Thursday evening from 18 to 20 h from April to September and from 16 to 18h from October to March.
Guard change in Bailen Street on Wednesday.
ALMUDENA CATHEDRAL: The King Alfonso XII ordered the building in 1883. It is the most important church in Madrid with a neoclassic style. If you want to visit it you must know that you can do it for free from 9 am to 9 pm every day.
You have to pay 6 € if you want to visit the dome, the museum, the sacristy and the chapterhouse: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 14:30 pm.
Jubilados, pensionistas, estudiantes, discapacitados, grupos con reserva, desempleados, familias numerosas, y vecinos de Madrid con documento acreditativo: 4€. Recomendamos subir sólo si queréis ver el museo ya que la cúpula no es ni espectacular ni las vistas son maravillosas.
Pensioners, disabled, students, groups with reservation, unemployed, large families, and neighbors of Madrid with supporting document: 4 €. We recommend paying only if you want to see the museum since the dome is not spectacular and sights are not that wonderful.
Priests, religious and seminarians have free admission.
VISIT LA SIDRERIA EL TIGRE: Calle Infantas 23, food and more food for 2,50€ which is the cost of a small beer (caña).
TAPAS IN LA LATINA La Latina tube station
HAVE A WINE IN BARCELONA STREET
VISIT THE CAFÉ GRAU IN LAVAPIES
SAN MIGUEL MARKET AND LA CAVA DE SAN MIGUEL STREET: It is a historic and monumental place located in the heart of Madrid. PZ de san Miguel s/n .
LA PLAZA DE LA VILLA: It is located in the old town, close to Mayor Street, in the square the most important medieval buildings remain such as Lujanes house and tower and Casa de la villa, old headquarters of Madrid town hall.
OBSERV FROM LA CUESTA DE LA VEGA THE WALLS OF THE ANCIENT MAYRIT: It is a Muslim wall. The remains of major importance are in la cuesta de la Vega, close to the crypt of the Almudena Cathedral inside the park Mohamed I. After Mayrit’s Christian conquest in the S.XI, , known as the Christian wall of Madrid.
CIBELES SQUARE: It represents the Goddess Cibeles on a carriage thrown by lions. It is the place where Real Madrid football club and the Spanish football team celebrate victories.
GO UP TO THE TERRACE OF COMUNICATIONS PALACE IN CIBELES SQUARE.
CANOVAS DEL CASTILLO SQUARE (NEPTUNO): The fountain of Neptune is a neoclassic monument that occupies the central place of the square, is surrounded by incredible buildings built between the XVIIIth and XIXth century. It the sculpture represents Neptune, god of the seas clutching a trident while riding on a car thrown by horses with tail of fish. It is an emblematic place for the supporters of the Athletico de Madrid football club, is where “colchoneros” celebrate theis victories.
CUESTA DE MOYANO: Close to the Botanical Garden, communicating the roundabout of Carlos V and Retiro Park (door of the Ángel Caído). It is a street full of little shops full of ancient books.
SANTIAGO BERNABEU STADIUM AND SORROUNDINGS
VICENTE CALDERON STADIUM , TOLEDO BRIDGE, Y MADRID RIO. We recommed to do the route by bike.
PLAZA DE TOROS DE LAS VENTAS (BULL FIGHTING): Neo Arabic and neo Mudejar style, inaugurated in 1929.
ENJOY A FLAMENCO SHOW
ATENEO DE MADRID: Calle prado 21, It is a cultural company founded in 1935 with a wonderful bookshop and event calendars.
BOTANICAL GARDEN: Pz de Murillo nº 2. It is a CSIC center of investigation that shelters plants of America, Europe, and the Pacific Ocean and a collection of bonsáis. It was founded by the King Fernando VI. Carlos III arranged it´replacement to the current location in 1781. It is opened for the public every day of the year, except Christmas day and the first day of the year.
Standard ticket 3€
- 50% discount with student card from Spain or abroad.
- Groups : 0,75€ for groups of 10 or more people , if you have done a reservation previously.
- Under 10 years old and older than 65 years old.
- Teachers, well identified
- Unemployed people (with card)
- Disabled people with one an accompanist.
SANTA CRUZ PALACE: Pz. De la Provincia 1. Ancient Corte jail.
REINA SOFIA MUSEUM: Calle de Santa Isabel 52, It is a contemporary museum of art of the XX century, one of the most important works that it shelters is “el Guernica from Picasso”
- Tuesday closed
- Price for visiting the permanent collection and Temporary exhibitions is 4€
- Free from Monday to Saturday from 19 pm to 21 pm and Sunday form 15 pm to 19 pm
Free entry for people under 18, university students up to 25 years, over 65 years old, disabled people with his accompanists, unemployed, teachers, pensioners, and members of large families
EL PRADO MUSEUM: Paseo Del Prado S/N, It is one of the most important in the world, as well as one of most visited.
Some of the masterpieces that it shelters are: Los Fusilamientos de Goya, el Jardín de las Delicias del Bosco, las Tres Gracias de Rubens , las Meninas de Velázquez , el Caballero de la mano en el pecho del Greco.
- Standard ticket 14€
- Standard ticket + guide : 23€
- Groups 14€
Ticket with discount 7€ Older than 65 years old and members of large families
- Young card (card for young people under 26), Monday to Saturday from 18 to 20 pm and Sunday and bank holidays from 17 to 19 pm everybody who wants to visit the temporary exhibitions.
- Free entrance; under 18 years old. Students between 18 and 25 years old , unemployed people , disabled people and an accompanist.
THISEN BORNEMISZA MUSEUM: Pº del Prado 8.is a museum which contains both modern and ancient pieces, from XIV and XV century until POP ART movement and the eighties with continuous temporary exhibitions of interest.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 19 pm
- Price for visiting the permanent collection is 10€ , 7€ for people over 65 years old , retired people , students , youth card holders (carnet joven) , art teachers , disabled people.
- Children under 12 years old, unemployed people and for everybody from 12 to 16 pm.
- Price for temporary exhibitions depends on each one.
VISIT STREET SCULPTURES IN PASEO DE LA CASTELLANA Nº 40 (RUBEN DARIO TUBE STATION)
AZCA: It is the financial district in the center of Madrid, its construction began in the seventies, some important buildings are:: Torre Picasso (157m) Torre Europa (121m), Torres Kio, and Puerta de Europa (115m) with an inclination of 15º.
A) La casa encendida
B) Caixa Forum
C) El Circulo de bellas Artes
D) Conde Duque
PLAZA DE COLON: An Open space with great buildings and places of interest. The most prominent one is the statue of Colon of 17 m, constructed between 1881 and 1885 to commemorate the wedding of Alfonso XII and Maria de las Mercedes.
GO UP TO THE ROOF OF HOTEL ME: It is a club outdoors located on the roof of the hotel.
VISIT “CUEVAS DE SANDRO” : Caves of the XVI century, former file of the Holy Inquisition, re-turned into cocktail shaker. There are courses of shaker every Wednesday and live music from the eighties every Saturday.
CARBALLO MUSEUM: Cl Ventura Rodríguez 17, It shelters an ancient private art collection, archaeological objects and other antiquities.
General ticket 3 €
Limited ticket 1,5 €
Free: Saturday after 14pm, Thursday from 17 to 20 h (extraordinary opening) and every Sunday.
It closes every Monday.
CIRCO PRINCE THEATER: Ronda de Atocha 35.
NATIONAL LIBRARY: It is the warehouse of bibliographical heritage and documentary of Spain. It was opened to the public in 1712. The building is catalogued as good of cultural interest in the category of monument.
ENCARNACION MONASTERY: Pz de la Encarnación 1. It was founded by the Queen Margarita de Austria, wife of Felipe III. The building construction started in 1611 and was finish in 1616.
Entrance is free from Wednesday to Thursday in the evening for EU citizens, residents and people with work license in this área and Latin Amercan citizens (with acreditation)
DESCALZAS REALES MONASTERY:
Pz de las Descalzas 3. Founded by Princcess Juana de Austria in 1559.
Free entry on Wednesday and Thursday evening for EU citizens, residents and people with work license in this área and Latin Amercan citizens (with acreditation).
TRAVEL BACK TO THE ¨GOLD CENTURY¨ AND TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE NEIBOURHOOD OF LAS LETRAS.
FRANCISCO EL GRANDE BASILICA; Pz de San Francisco s/n , in La Latina neighborhood , it possesses a majestic dome and there are exposed collections of paintings of The XVII and XIXth centuries.
GOYA MUSEUM SAN ANTONIO DE LA FLORIDA CHURCH: Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida 5, Walls are decorated by Francisco de Goya and it shelters Francisco’s mortal remains since 1919.
NAVAL MUSEUM: Pº del prado 5, One of the most important museums of the naval world.
LAZARO GALDIANO MUSEUM: Cl Serrano 122. Located in a former mansion the museum has an exquisite and heterogeneous collection of art that includes works of Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo and El Bosco, besides ceramics, medals, weapons, ect … it also has a small set of British paintings.
Free entry for museum collection visitors from Monday to Saturday from 15:30 pm to 16:30 pm and Sunday from 14 to 15 pm.
SOROYA MUSEUM: It is the house of the painter, P º of the General Martínez Campos 37. It is possible to admire an enormous quantity of His most famous paintings. The painter lived in this house with his family.
Price 3€, reduced ticket 1,50€
LOPE DE VEGA HOUSE-MUSEUM: Cl de Cervantes 11, It reproduces a Spanish house of the S.XVIIth century.
Free entry, early reservation indispensable .
ARCHAEOLOGICAL NATIONAL MUSEUM: Cl Serrano 13, It preserves one of the most important antiquities collections in world, with utensils and works of art of the different cultures of the Mediterranean. A tour from prehistory up to the XIXth century.
Price 3€, reduced ticket 1,50€
Free entry Saturday evening (from 14:00 pm) and Sundays.
JUAN MARCH FOUNDATION: It regularly arranges exhibitions dedicated to international artists and artistic movements, mainly from the XXth century
HISTORY MUSEUM: Cl Fuencarral 78. It is installed in the former hospice of Madrid, was builder during the reign of Felipe V reign, between 1721 and 1726,it is a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque, and it preserves important collections that show the evolution both, historical and urban of the development of the city of arts, and the daily life and customs of people from Madrid its collections of paintings, prints, cartography, furniture, arms, medals, drawings, photographies Stand out.
VISIT THE NUMEORUS ART GALLERIES YOU CAN FIND IN MADRID
SAN ANTONIO DE LOS ALEMANES CHURCH: Cl Puebla 22, It is a great example of the baroque in Madrid with interesting architectural elements, fresco paintings in walls. The construction began in 1624 and was finished in 1633. Fresco paintings are the most showy important element and cover all the walls.
SANTA ANA SQUARE, MORE BEATIFUL AT NIGHT.
LA CASA DE LAS SIETE CHIMENEAS, EN LA PLAZA DEL REY
HAVE A WALK IN PLAZA MAYOR: cross it and go under the arch of cutlers, paying atentions to the pulpit. In this point is where the fuse was hit you gave place to the war of the independence.
VISIT LA PUERTA DE ALCALA AND ENTER IN RETIRO PARK
IN RETIRO PARK VISIT THE GLASS PALACE AND LA ESTATUA DEL ÁNGEL CAÍDO
GO TO EL RASTRO ON SUNDAY
GET CLOSE TO THE FOUR TOWERS: Metro Begoña.
GO SHOPPING IN SALESAS NEIBOURHOOD: Entre Colon y Alonso Martínez
HAVE A WALK IN MALASAÑA AND HAVE A DRINK IN DOS DE MAYO SQUARE.
VISIT THE ANGOLA PRINCE GARDEN: Pz de la paja 6, It is a small green space created in 1750 and one of few belonging to nobility gardens of the XVIIIth century. At present it shelters a well known restaurant of creative kitchen
ENJOY LAS VISTILLAS PARK: Cl Morería 12 it is called “de las vistillas” for it´s magnificent sight: of the Manzanares river, of the Casa de Campo and of the Mountain range of Madrid. It is also a place where famous verbenas and popular feasts are celebrated.
DEBOBH TEMPLE: Cl Ferraz 1, close to Plaza de España, It really impresses in the late afternoon, is one of the most impressive sunsets of Madrid. It is an Egyptian temple of the IInd century bc donated to Spain by the Egyptian government.
TRAVEL IN THE TIME IN CHAMBERI GHOST STATION: Pz de Chamberí s/n.
LOOK AND ENYOY IN HERMOSILLA 26 SECRET GARDEN; Federica&co, It is a shop located in the interior court of a block of houses.
GO UP TO THE CIRCULO DE BELLAS ARTES ROOF: Price: 4€.
GO UP TO THE 9TH FLOOR OF EL CORTE INGLES DE CALLAO : Gourmet space with a few spectacular sights and free access.
HAVE A WALK IN EL PASADIZO DE SAN GINES; San Ginés alley is one of the most ancient alleys of Madrid. The alley was the ideal place to expose the swords used to clean people´s honor, and the place used by Valle Inclán to recreate Max Estrella’s imprisonment, in his ” Luces de Bohemia ” 1920.
LOOK FOR SCULTURES IN THE ROOFS OF MADRID WHILE WALKING, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SKY, IT WILL SURPRISE YOU!!
FERROCARRIL MUSEUM: Pº de las delicias 61, It was inaugurated in 1984, it is possible to do a complete tour throught the railway Spanish history. The museum also receives temporary exhibitions and gives the possibility of travelling in an authentic historical train (Sundays). The building is a magnificent example of the architecture made out of iron of the XIX th century.
Monday closed. General entry 6€. Sundays is the visitors day: 2,50€.
MATADERO DE MADRID: Pº de la Chopera 14, It is the former slaughter house of Madrid, a set of pavilions of Neomudéjar style, constructed at the beginning of the XX,th century. Nowadays it is a small city dedicated to the culture in different spaces. Opened for works, artistic practices, house of the reader, head office of design, pavilons for Spanish, for international music, …..