What to do in Madrid

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Madrid Attractions

If you consider planning a vacation in Spain’s capital, you’ve come to the right place for guidance concerning things to do in Madrid. Because Madrid is a city that offers a plethora of activities, it will be easy to find Madrid excursions to thrill each member of your travel party.

Madrid is a colorful city with lots of festivals, music, outdoor markets, and an abundance of nightlife. It's been estimated that Madrid has more bars per capita than any other city of its size in the world, so come prepared to celebrate the night away in La Capital. The Gran Via are is particular known for its vibrant and eclectic nightlife. Wine also flows freely in Madrid Spain has more land planted in wine grapes than any other wine-producing country. Madrid tours of local wine bars are one of the best ways to spend a sunny summer afternoon.

If history and culture are appealing to you, the Barrio de las Letras is a must see part of the city because of its historical buildings. This neighborhood was also well-loved by some of Spain's most prominent writers Quevedo and Cervantes both called this area home. If you are the type who likes to find quirky local spots and sit with a book while people-watching, the Conde Duque neighborhood will supply you with an excellent selection of small cafes and bars that feature an alternative ambiance.

If shopping is near the top of your list of Madrid activities, you won't want to miss the Salamanca neighborhood. The multicultural area of Lavapies is one of the city's most unique places and is well worth a visit because you can find shops and cafes here representing all parts of the world. Because Madrid is such a large city, it is recommended you bring a good map to not get lost.

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National Museum of Decorative Arts - Speak to the friendly staff or curator and learn more about the unique collections housed here.

Madrid Rio - Loads of fun awaits at this entertaining place.

Plaza de Santo Domingo - Fans of architecture will certainly enjoy marveling at the modern design of this landmark.

Real Casa de Postas - If you're intrigued by history, this is one attraction you won't want to miss.

Puerta del Sol - Find out why tourists and locals alike are in love with the unique vibe of this place.

Telefonica Building - Widely renowned among those who reside here, this site is worth exploring.

Church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis - Work on your spiritual side or just take in the tranquil atmosphere at this sacred place.

Garden of Prince Anglona - If you love pottering about the garden, this attraction will satisfy your inner green thumb.

Things to Do in Madrid with Kids

There are lots of amazing experiences in Madrid that the entire gang will get a buzz out of. Here are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences around.


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