Madrid is the capital of Spain and it is the 4th most popular urban area in the European Union. It is a famous city known for its night life, culture and art.
Jul 30, 2019
So if you’re looking for an adventurous trip that ticks all of your boxes, you’ve just found it.
Fancy discovering a few gems on your city break?
We’re going to list 10 must see places in Madrid, so be prepared to consume tapas all day and every day, be stunned by magnificent art pieces and museums, and plenty more. If you’re on a city break for a few days, it might be a bit difficult to fit all of these in, so make sure you master your sleep habits while you travel.
1. Prado Museum
This is a world famous museum that is an absolute must see in Madrid. The collection features a range of different styles, time periods and artists that anyone can enjoy, whether or not you’re a museum or art enthusiast. You can witness the masterpieces of paintings and realise it was well worth a visit!
2. Plaza Mayor
Visit the world famous city square which is the Plaza Mayor. It is a grand square that we recommend visiting in the day and at night, if you’re into illuminated buildings and capturing lit up buildings. There are restaurants that surround the square, so you can bask in the sunshine while you enjoy some great cuisine.
3. Puerta Del Sol
Literally known as the center of Madrid is Puerta Del Sol. It is another public square that lies at the center of Milan’s main shopping area, which means this area is constantly bustling with tourists. You will more than likely pass through here while you explore other gems in Madrid.
4. El Retiro Park
This particular park is perfect if you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a sight definitely worth seeing and it is located in central Madrid. It features plenty of trees, walking paths, an art deco greenhouse and a lake where you can rent rowboats. So, it might just be time to get your rowing game on.
5. Sobrino De Botin
Overall, Spain is an exceptional place for foodies. There are various Spanish cuisine restaurants and cafes that are undoubtedly worth visiting and experiencing. Sobrino de Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world, and it is still going strong. It was founded in 1725.
6. The Royal Palace
If you didn’t know, Spain still has a Royal Family but the palace is only used for ceremonies. It’s a sight worth putting on your list, as the palace is huge and the largest palace in Western Europe. You can gain free admission on weeknights from 6pm – 8pm too!
7. El Rastro Flea Market
This is Europe’s flee market that is crowded with not only tourists, but locals too! You can find some hidden gems with everything that is on offer, new and used. It is open on Sundays from 8am – 3pm, and be careful for pickpockets as it is a hotspot for them!
8. Almudena Cathedral
Climb the cathedral to witness breathtaking views of the royal palace and the city. You can gain access to the cathedral for free but for the museum you have to pay 6 euros.
9. Museo Arte Publico
Museo arte publico is an open air abstract art museum, that features incredibly talented and creative artists such as Joan Miro. It can be found under a bypass and is totally free, all day every day!
10. Anden 0
This is something for the history lovers and train enthusiasts. The old Chamberi metro station had been closed for numerous years, but now it has been reopened to the public. It’s located under the streets of Madrid and is now a museum.