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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.

For more information on the many attractions in Madrid, give us a call here at Expedia. We'll be happy to help you plan your vacation so you can have the best tourist experience possible.

Things to Do in Madrid with Kids

There's fun for the whole family wherever you roam in Madrid. Here are some family friendly experiences to try together that are sure to make your escape unforgettable:

Free Things to Do in Madrid

They say the best things in life are free. Be sure to visit the following around Madrid:

National Museum of Decorative Arts - Whether you're old or young, this gallery will pique your imagination and hold your attention.

Madrid Rio - If you're eager to turn up the dial on fun during your getaway, you can do it here.

Plaza de Santo Domingo - Architecture enthusiast or not, you're sure to be awed by this landmark's modern-day design.

Real Casa de Postas - Stroll around this historic attraction and uncover a few secrets from long ago.

Puerta del Sol - This is a buzzing area where you can soak in the ambiance and appreciate local life.

Telefonica Building - Pay a visit and discover the importance of this place to the locals.

Church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis - Gain a better understanding of local religious beliefs at this holy site.

Garden of Prince Anglona - Revitalize your mind and soul by spending some time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Madrid


View famous works of art, shop for designer goods and visit the palace Spanish royals sometimes call home when you tour Madrid's central district.



Contemporary fashion, gourmet cuisine, fine art and upscale residential living await discovery in one of Madrid’s most stylish neighborhoods.



You might take some time to check out the interesting museums in Atocha. Spend some time visiting top spots like Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and catch the metro at Delicias Station or Palos de la Frontera Station to see more of the area.

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Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Barajas. If sightseeing is on the list, Real Madrid City is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Barajas Station or Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 Station to see more of the area.



This avant-garde part of Madrid is known as the gay quarter because of its numerous LGBT shops and bars, a Gay Pride march and an open-minded populace.



Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Retiro. Top attractions like El Retiro Park and Prado Museum are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Conde de Casal Station or Sainz de Baranda Station to see more of the city.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Madrid on a sunny day?

Take advantage of the weather (and get some fresh air at the same time) with one or two of these outdoor activities:

What to do in Madrid on a rainy day?

If it's pouring with rain during your stay, hang up your umbrella and try some of these excellent indoor activities:

What is Madrid famous for?

Pack your camera and have fun exploring these local icons:

  • Prado Museum
  • Plaza Mayor
  • IFEMA - Feria de Madrid

What should I not miss in Madrid?

You'll want to put these attractions high on your must-do list to make the most of your trip:

  • Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
  • Parque Warner Madrid
  • Plaza de España
  • Royal Palace of Madrid

Are there cheap things to do in Madrid?

Keep more of your hard-earned coin in your pocket with these cheap and fun activities:

What can you do in Madrid for free?

You'll barely have time to grab your wallet out of your bag with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • Plaza Mayor
  • IFEMA - Feria de Madrid
  • Plaza de España
  • El Retiro Park