Madrid, a city known for its elegant boulevards and museums, is the capital of Spain. If you want to see a lot of European art collections, you will not contrition it. In addition, the famous Squid sandwich is one of the reasons why people from all over the world decide to discover this city. So, for your future reference, here is a list of the best things to do in Madrid, Spain.
List of the best things to do in Madrid, Spain
1. National Prado Museum
The second most visited museum in Spain and is considered one of the most important in the world. It houses the most important collection of European paintings in the world. It preserves paintings by Velasquez, Raphael, Caravaggio, Goya, etc. The museum is very well equipped and airy. The rooms are well maintained and the works are very well explained. Allow yourself a minimum of three hours to quietly enjoy the visit. Other popular museums you can visit in Madrid include:
Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofía-one of the most beautiful museums of Modern Art in Spain. The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is the main museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid. It houses Picasso’s Guernica.
Museo Sorolla-Must-see museum, House, and exhibition. The museum is located in the Old House of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida with a beautiful garden and is a haven of peace in the lively city of Madrid. The works of the Spanish impressionist are impressively beautiful. Definitely visit!
Museo Arqueologico Nacional-this museum, although not the most famous in Madrid, is one of the most important. In addition to the famous Lady of Elche, you can also find archaeological remains of all the civilizations that crossed Hispania and even others such as the Egyptians. The ideal place for history lovers.
2. Parque del Retiro
Madrid’s most characteristic park is ideal for walking while discovering the beautiful corners it preserves. You can spend more than half a day walking along the long paths of this huge city park that offers many attractions to see. There are 125 hectares of greenery with many different types of gardens. The Great Lake is the most popular attraction because boats can be rented, but especially for the spectacular setting of the monument, it overlooks.
3. Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
One of the beating hearts of Madrid, home of Real. A spectacular trip to one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe, with a visit to the museum you can even sit on the chairs of the players of Real Madrid. A football fan cannot come to Madrid without visiting this stadium.
4. Royal Palace of Madrid
Visit the Royal Palace to learn about its history. The Royal Palace is considered one of the largest in the world and is a national heritage site. It was ordered to be built by King Felipe V (French), so the palace has this Francophone style. It is one of the largest buildings in Europe with just over 3000 rooms of which only 30 can be visited.
5. Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
One of the three most important museums in Madrid with a huge collection. It is impossible not to go there. It is also quite close to the Prado, so in one day you can make a full immersion in art. This museum has many impressionist works and there are many famous works by famous artists such as Manet, Chagall, and Van Gogh. You can also find many works, such as pop art since 1950, that is worth a visit. One of the best portraits was that of His Majesty the former King and his wife, which flooded with a noble atmosphere.
6. Gran Via
As in all major cities, Madrid is also home to one of the most beautiful shopping streets in Europe. Probably one of the most beautiful routes in the world. Here you have a shopping experience in a special atmosphere and the architecture is worth a visit. Everything your heart desires (especially a woman’s heart) is available. You should definitely visit this shopping street!
7. The Plaza Mayor
The Plaza Mayor is a very beautiful square in the heart of Madrid. There are many restaurants on the Square, and the prices are higher than in the cafes on the neighboring streets. It is a beautiful place, with many historic buildings, but it can also be very crowded. It is also a good place to eat a squid sandwich overlooking the square.
8. District Of Salamanca
An area of the Old Town that still retains many small palaces and a lot of luxury shops. The Salamanca district of Madrid is the main residence in the city with its characteristic streets. A detour is recommended!
9. The Latina
The streets of La Latina have a medieval origin, narrow and winding streets that lead to squares. The commercial tradition has given its name to many streets and squares, Plaza De La Cebada, De Los Carros, la Paja, or El Rastro itself, the most characteristic open-air market in Madrid. It is located in the heart of the city and has a large multicultural population.
10. Plaza de Espana
The Square is located at the intersection of the main streets – Prado, Recoletos, and Alcala. In the center of the square, there is a fountain depicting the goddess Cybele in a chariot. The Square is surrounded by the beautiful buildings Palacio de Buenavista, Palacio de Linares, Palacio de Cibeles, and the Bank of Spain. The Palacio de Cibeles building, also known as the Palace of Communications, houses the city hall and an excellent 360-degree observation deck. An unmissable visit to Madrid!