Top 10 things to do in Madrid
Madrid’s culture is one that seems to emphasize living and leisure, yet its history has seen it produce some of Europe’s most awe-inspiring artworks and buildings. Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s. Here are but a few of the best places to visit in Spain’s glorious capital!
1. Plaza de España
The metro station of the same name takes you to the Plaza de España, where a huge statue of Miguel de Cervantes presides over Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
2. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Soccer fans can tour the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, walk the pitch, visit the dressing rooms, and marvel at the club's huge trophy cabinet!
3. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art boasts one of the foremost collections of 20th and 21st-century Spanish art, with highlights including Picasso's Guernica.
4. Museo del Prado
If traditional art is more your thing, the Museo del Prado exhibits the world's most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries.
5. Palacio Real
Madrid's most famous landmark Palacio Real is one of Europe's most spectacular palaces, built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens!
6. Plaza Mayor
Once the place to see bullfights and carnivals, you can find some of Madrid's best restaurants where the historic market square Plaza Mayor meets the ``Austrias`` neighborhood.
7. Gran Vía
Literally ``Great Way`` this energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid's nightlife, hence its nickname: ``The Spanish Broadway!``
8. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Completing Madrid's ``Golden Triangle of Art,`` along with the Reina Sofia and Prado museums, the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is the most eclectic of the lot.
9. Círculo de Bellas Artes
Another key player on Madrid's art scene, this gallery's rooftop terrace offers stunning panoramas of the whole city! It's the best view of Madrid by quite a margin.
10. Parque del Buen Retiro
Of Madrid's many green corners, Retiro Park's statues, fountains, and floral features offer the city's most scenic respite for joggers, picnickers, boaters, and you!
How to move around Madrid
Madrid’s transport system is extremely efficient; it connects the city’s main interest points and is quite affordable. You have a great choice of Buses, Metro & Rail services, Taxies, and even electric bikes to move you around the city. Visit the following website for information about the different transportation services and their cost.