Things to do in Madrid
A vibrant city whose pulsating energy enchants both adventure-loving visitors and those who would like to simply relax, Madrid is one of Spain’s most prominent cities. Whenever you are in Madrid, you cannot help but take note of the artistic streak that courses through the city’s lifeline.
Indeed this is home to masterpiece works of art by famous painters like Picasso and Dali and Miro. Needless to say, these iconic works of art have now found a home in world-class art galleries worldwide. For this experience, make your way to the Museo del Prado, or opt to start at Mueo Thyssen Bornemisza. Both galleries are located at the popular Madrid Art Triangle. You could also combine this day tour with visits to the vast museums scattered across the city.
After a day of exploration, you want to retire to a good meal, and Madrid does not disappoint. Arguably a culinary capital in its own right, Madrid has infused creativity and zeal into its gastronomic journey to give visitors an authentic and exciting food experience. Enjoy this culinary experience at any of the tapas in Mercado de San Miguel, DiverXo and Platea. As you munch on the delectable food, you will also notice that grabbing a cold beer is one of the city’s favorite pastimes.
Indulge in this with the locals as you while the evening away at La Latina, a popular meet-up place. During the weekends, crowds throng Cava Alta, a street which is lined with many clubs and restaurants. You could also enjoy a frothy drink at the upmarket Alonso Martinez or party away in El Penta, a swanky bar located in Malasana. For undulating music all-night, Kapital is the place to be.
One of the fun things to do in Madrid is sightseeing. There is no better place to begin this than at the sculpture of ‘The Bear and the Strawberry Tree’. This iconic sculpture sits in the heart of the city, and marks the beginning of Spain’s motorways. Do not be afraid to take photos alongside the many tourists waiting for the same opportunity.
For those who love live performances, Madrid makes for a stunning destination. Jazz fans will absolutely enjoy the sessions at Café Central, while hard rock fans will get their boogey on at La Boca del Lobo. Large concerts, depending on when you tour Madrid, are held at the different stadiums across the city. This could either be at Palacio de los Deportes right in the middle of Madrid, or La Riviera which, although smaller, offers picturesque views of Manzanares River.
Day tours out of town also make for an excellent way to spend time in Madrid. Saunter through the royal palace gardens at La Granja de San Ildefonso or enjoy the serenity at San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery.
Other exciting things to do in Madrid include skiing in the mountains during winter, smelling the blooming flowers at Quinta de Los Molinos as well as enjoying the different events during summer. The best time to visit Madrid is either between September and November, or March and May during fall and spring respectively when the city comes alive. There are plenty of great places to stay but we recommend Hostal Excelsior Madrid if you are on a budget or Hotel Excelsior Las Navas Del Marques if you want to stay out of the city near the foothills of the Sierra de Malgon Mountains.