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Must See Madrid Attractions

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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Things to Do in Madrid with Kids

There are loads of incredible experiences in Madrid that the whole gang will get a buzz out of. Here are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences around.

Free things to do in Madrid

A vacation in Madrid need not break the bank. You won't even need your wallet if you check out:

National Museum of Decorative Arts - Check if there are any special exhibits, displays or guided tours on at this interesting museum.

Madrid Rio - Make this place your first stop if you're looking for fun during your vacation.

Plaza de Santo Domingo - Appreciate the design and creativity of this impressive example of modernistic architecture.

Real Casa de Postas - Amble around this historic place and uncover some secrets from days gone by.

Telefonica Building - Speak to a local resident and discover why many sightseers stop to visit this place.

Church of Nuestra Senora del Carmen y San Luis - Take some time for a bit of meditation or prayer at this respected spiritual site.

Garden of Prince Anglona - Find your green thumb and marvel at the beautiful and diverse plants on display.

Explore the Neighborhoods of Madrid


Known for its fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Centro. Check out top attractions like Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, and jump on the metro at Sol Station or Gran Via Station to see more of the city.



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.



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



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.



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.



Consider a visit to Paseo de la Castellana and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Chamberi. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Canal Station or Alonso Cano Station.


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