Top 8 Things to Do in Madrid
There are plenty of options when it comes to sights to see and things to do in Madrid but below you will find our top 8 picks. These are the highest rated, most popular and most instagrammed spots in Madrid.
1. Prado National Museum
Whether or not you’re a museum person, this one is a must-see. With art on display from as far back as the 12th century, it houses one of the finest collections of European art as well as being considered one of the world’s greatest art museums.
- Tickets: Prices start at 15€ but for details on other ticket types, click here
- Address: Ruiz de Alarcón Street, 23 28014 Madrid
- Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 h to 20:00 h. Sundays and holidays: 10:00 h to 19:00 h. Reduced opening hours (January 6, December 24 and 31): 10:00 h to 14:00 h.
- Phone: +34 91 330 28 00
2. El Retiro Park
Access the same paths and gardens that the Spanish monarchy enjoyed up until the 19th century when it became a public park. This park also has the prestige of being the third most instagrammed locations in Madrid in 2016. You will be able to see why as you scroll through the lush greens, sculptured paths, fragrant gardens, historic buildings and manicured fountains.
- Tickets: free of charge
- Address: Plazade la Independencia, 728014
- Hours: April to September: 6.00am – 12.00am, October to March: 6.00am – 10.00pm
3. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
This prestigious stadium was the most instagrammed place in Madrid. With a capacity of 81,000 you can see why. For those football lovers, you can even take a tour of the stadium, including a panoramic view, by walking up to the ticket office at the times designated on their site.
Tickets: Tickets start at 18€, for more information visit the official website
Address: Av. Concha Espina 1, 28036, Madrid – España
Hours: Non-match days – Monday to Saturday: 10.00 to 19.30, Sundays and public holidays: 10.30 to 18.30
Phone: +34 91 398 43 70
4. Royal Palace
With its architecture and design inspired by Italian architect Bernini, this 18th century palace was reconstructed on the site of the burned-down Royal Alcazar Fortress. The royal family no longer lives within its walls but it is open to the public for tours most days. Make sure to pause a moment to enjoy the world’s only complete Stradivarius string quintet and absorb the grandeur of the Royal Armory.
- Tickets: Standard admission: €11, Concessions: €6, Agency rate: €8, Free admission: Monday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm, October to March and 6pm to 8pm, April to September. Admission is free for EU citizens, residents and holders of work permits in the EU and Hispanic American citizens with certification of nationality or a residence or work permit.
- Address: CalleBailén , s/n28013
- Opening hours – April to September: Daily 10.00am – 8.00pm, October to March: Daily 10.00am – 6.00pm
- Phone: (+34) 91 454 87 00
5. Puerta del Sol
As the second most instagrammed place in Madrid and the center of all Spanish roads…in Spain, all roads lead to the Puerta del Sol. Travelers would sit on the steps of the Post Office to exchange gossip and hear news of the world. If you are in Madrid around New Years Eve, head to this square and enjoy the traditional eating of the twelve grapes at midnight when you hear the clock’s bells chiming.
Address: Plaza de la Puerta del Sol, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
6. Plaza Mayor
This huge enclosed plaza is only a few blocks from the Puerta del Sol and is especially captivating during a colorful sunrise or sunset. This historic plaza is perfect for those needing a break from walking or sightseeing. Relax within its walls while becoming part of its long history of hosting visitors and locals alike.
Address: Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain
7. Temple de Debod
Experience a taste of ancient Egyptian architecture right in the heart of Madrid. A gift from the Egyptian state to Spain, it is one of the few works of ancient Egyptian architecture that make their home outside of Egypt.
- Tickets: free of charge
- Address: Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid, Spain
- Hours: Closed Mondays, Tues – Fri: (1 April – 30 September) 10am – 2pm & 6pm – 8pm, (1 October – 31 March) 9.45am – 1.45pm & 4.15pm – 6.15pm, Sat – Sun: 10am – 2pm
- Phone: (+34) 913 66 74 15
8. Botin Restaurant
Certified as the world’s oldest operating restaurant by the Guinness Book of World Records, this restaurant opened its doors in 1725. It was also a favorite of Ernest Hemingway during his time in Madrid.
- Address: C/Cuchilleros, 17 · 28005 Madrid
- Hours: call or email for reservations
- Website: www.botin.es
- Phone: +34 913664217