Madrid Sightseeing

In this page, we will show you the most interesting things to see in Madrid, the monuments you must not miss and the areas you have to visit if you want to know all the secrets of the city. Madrid is a big city and you will have to spend some time to discover its beautiful places, but helps you in this mission.


First of all, we have written the most complete and friendly articles about the monuments of Madrid. If you keep visiting our website, you will be able to know why the Plaza Mayor is the heart of the Austrias borough, what happens every New Year’s Eve in Puerta del Sol or which are the most interesting paintings in the Prado Museum, among other questions.


Beside this, ‘Things to do in Madrid’ also tells you all you need to know about the different areas in Madrid. What zone is downtown? Where do you have to go to go shopping in luxury brands? What can you do if you stop over in Barajas, the airport borough? These are questions that are answered in our category ‘Things to see in Madrid’.


Of course, we give you practical information about museums, monuments, parks and places that can be interesting for tourists. The information we give you includes prices, opening hours, closest Metro stations and advices that you will find useful in your travel.


Read carefully our articles and print them if you need it, as they are going to be the best guide during your travel in Madrid. And remember: if you want to book a walking tour with us, just visit our section of Walking Tours and buy your ticket.


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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid   The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of the greatest embodiments of Baroque architecture in the city. It serves as the official residence of the Spanish Royal family but only for ceremonial functions. The monarchy has Zarzuela Palace as its permanent domicile.   The strategic location of the place adds more vibrancy to its already renowned architectural design. It is bounded by Plaza de Oriente in the North and close to other tourist spots such as Almudena Cathedral or Royal Opera House, Plaza Mayor and de Espadana. Opera is the nearest...
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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium   Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is the bailiwick of Real Madrid . This is where the home team plays every 15 days the games of the Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey. Given the intense competition between teams and the intensity of crowd support, the structure has been a witness of high quality football.   As a proof of its being a quality venue for quality games, it is recognized as a five- star sports arena by the UEFA , the highest level conferred by the organization, on the basis of safety, facilities and equipments. It has a seating...
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The Puerta del Sol

The Puerta del Sol   The Puerta del Sol is both the physical and cultural centre of the city and of the country. Here we can find ‘Kilometer Zero’ and the city life in this place are very lively. Underneath the place is a big Metro , a train station and an underground hall which is the biggest in the world at 15- meter high and 20- meter wide dimensión.   Its name, which means Gate of the Sun in Spanish, runs contrary to its physical shape. A grasp of history would be helpful to reconcile the conflicting facts. In the 15th century, there stood a wall that had an...
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Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles – Economic and Political Centres   Plaza de Cibeles is both a haven of majestic structures and statues, and an economic and political center for the city and Spain since main institutions such as the City Hall and the National Bank are situated here. The place can be accessed either by way of Banco de Espana Metro Station or bus lines.   Center of attraction in the area is a marble fountain where statues of Cybele , the Natolian and Greek goddess identified with nature and fertility stand. Two lions, Hippomenes and Atalanta, are carrying the sculptures,...
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Almudena Cathedral

Century of Construction of Almudena Cathedral   Almudena Cathedral, despite being the largest church in the city and the seat of the archdiocese , the structure is new relative to its counterpart having been completed only in 1993. It derived its name from an Arabic word ‘ almudaina ’ which means citadel .   The church is believed to have been constructed in a point where a painting of the Virgin appeared when Madrid was regained by Christians in 1085.   This religious attraction- located at the southern part of Madrid, near the Royal Place and at the corner of...
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El Escorial

Diversity within a Territory - El Escorial   With its location being bounded by mountains and other landforms (Abantos Mountain in the north and Guadarrama in the west), the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial or shortly, El Escorial is indeed an important building in the country. It embraces in its territory a monastery, a basilica, a library, a royal palace and a school.   Regarded as the most representative structure of the Spanish Empire, the place can be reached by riding on a train (Cercanias Renfe) taking the C-3 line or by one- hour bus transportation from...
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Casa de Campo

Point of History and Nature's Conspiracy – Casa de Campo   Casa de Campo is the biggest park in Madrid (1,700 hectares) with rich flora and fauna. It is a place for recreational activities and can be reached by Metro Stations (Lago and Batan, line 10), bus and bike.   Where history and nature’s gifts conspire   Casa de Campo is a remnant of a thick wooden forest in the Iberian Peninsula, along with Pardo Mountain and Dehesa de la Villa Park . King Phillip II’s love for hunting, which is the usual leisure in the place, encouraged him to transfer his...
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Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park: Remnant of the Old   Buen Retiro Park is a place to visit in Madrid with its perfect location and features showing distinct characters. It is bounded by Salamanca borough in the north and east, Atocha Railway in the south, Prado Museum in the west and Alcala gate in the northwest. The place is reachable by a ride on Retiro Metro Station (Line 2) or simply, by bike.   Historical Origin   Buen retiro Park is the garden of the Buen Retiro Palace, which was constructed under King Philip IV . Unfortunately for the structure, it suffered huge damage...
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El Rastro Market

Experience El Rastro Market   Market plays a central part in the economic life of state as portrayed by El Rastro. As with Notting Hills’ Portobello market in London and Porte de Clignacourt in Paris, Rastro Market functions the same in Madrid. Situated in Plaza de cascorro and Rivera de Curtidores Street , this can be reached by ride on nearby Metro Stations like La Latina and Puerta Toledo (Line 5), Tirso de Molina (Line 1) or Embajadores (Line 3).   The name means “the trail in Spanish, which is based on the slaughterhouse located here where cattle left a trail of...
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Las Ventas Bullring Madrid

Las Ventas Bullring: Center of Bullfighting   Although only third in the world yet the biggest in the country, Las Ventas bullring has been a significant one with the people’s great interest in bullfight. Festivities peak during spring at San Isidro’s Fair and with a carrying capacity of 25, 000, the facility also hosts such other activities as concerts, circus shows and the like.   Located at the tail- end of Salamanca borough, the place can be reached by a subway in Las Ventas Metro Station (Lines 2 and 5).   View Larger Map History and Highlights...
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Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor: Window of the Present to the Past   Madrid’ Plaza Mayor is a picture of the city during its olden days. It was built during the Habsburg Dynasty and the ambiance there is far removed from the hurry and strife of the city life.   Reaching the place is multimodal- one can either take a ride on Opera Metro Station (Lines 1 and 2), Sol Metro Station (Lines 1, 2 and 3) or Sol Train Station .   View Larger Map History   What is now Madrid’s Plaza Mayor was the asymmetrical trading place Plaza del Arrabal in the olden...
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Atocha Station

Atocha Station: Recovering from a Tragedy Catering to an annual 44 million passengers based on 2010 figures, Atocha Stati on is indeed the main railway station of Madrid linking all points of the city. Having situated in the southern part, it is a point of convergence of different places and is close to such tourist attractions as Buen Retiro Park and Barrio de las Letras borough. It is an integral part of the transportation system in which commuter trains are stationed and bus lines stopped.   View Larger Map History...
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum   Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum , named after its founder, is the third most important museums in Madrid. It is located behind the Prado Museum, Paseo del Prado, one of Madrid’s main boulevards. As known to be part of the “Golden Triangle of Art”, which also includes Prado Museum and Reina Sofia national gallery, it is part of a certain location where 3 historic museums are located. With the uniqueness of its collections, no competition among the Golden Triangle of Art museums exists. Overall, it completes the gap that the two other museums within the area...
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The Reina Sofia Museum

The Reina Sofia Museum   The second most important museum of Madrid is the Reina Sofia Museum , usually called the Reina Sofia. It is part of the so-called “Golden Triangle of Art”, which also includes Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum . Its collection only started when Prado Museum finished theirs during the early 20th century. The museum focuses on surrealism, cubism, expressionism and other movements of Art Noveau and Avant-garde theme of paintings and sculptures.   This museum is famous worldwide for having one of the greatest paintings of the History:...
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