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Top tourist Attractions in Madrid

Our team of local experts have hand-picked the best tourist attactions in Madrid. You can also have a look at the top attractions in Spain.

As in most capital cities in historical countries, you may well guess there are too many things to enjoy in Madrid during a short stay. To help you with your vacation planning in Madrid you will be able to filter attractions in our Madrid interactive touristic map  where you will be able to select hotels near tourist attractions, parks, restaurants, etc.

We also recommend you to have a look at our Madrid city guide where you will get lots of inside information on Madrid.

Top Attractions in Madrid

Royal Academy of San Fernando – Gallery and museum

This one of the finest art galleries in Spain. Since it competes with the the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia, many people do not pay much attention to it, but it is worth a visit without hesitation. The academy is, above all, an academy with 56 members from different areas of arts. At the museum over 700 works are exhibited from a collection of over 1,500 . Among the most important paintings, the

Las Ventas bullring

Las Ventas is the Bullring in Madrid. It can hold almost 24,000 people and it is used not just for bull fights (corridas) but also for concerts and other cultural activities.   Las Ventas, with 60 meters (196 feet) of diameter and it is the second largest after the Plaza de toros in Ronda, Malaga. Las Ventas is the third largest bull-fighting ring in the world in number of people it can hold


Faunia Madrid

Overview Faunia Madrid is the cities second zoo. The park opened its doors back in 2001. Back then it was known as the Parque biológico de Madrid, but it was renamed Faunia by philologist and writer, Fernando Beltrán. Faunia describes itself as a theme and nature park. Faunia looks to provide a more immersive experience to its guests, putting them right in the animal’s natural habitat. The park doesn’t feature as many animals

zoo madrid

Madrid Zoo

Overview The city of Madrid has had a long relationship and interest in exotic animals. The first zoo that was ever opened in Madrid did so in 1770, under King Charles III. It was known as the Casa de Fieras and it was located in Retiro Park. The old Zoo in the Retiro is now a public library, but can still be visited. The current Madrid zoo is located in the “Casa de

Madrid wax museum

Overview The Madrid wax museum is located in the heart of Madrid on Paseo de Recoletos nº 41 and oddly enough is one of Madrid’s most popular tourist attractions. They feature a great number of wax figures of different famous and historic characters. The museum is 2000 square metres large, divided into two floors and over forty different sets. Each figure also has its own environment in which it is exposed that is

Mercado de San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel- Madrid

Why we recommend Mercado de San Miguel? Designed by the architect Alfonso Dube y Diez, the San Miguel Market was inaugurated on the 31st of May 1916 but now totally re-done by Juan Manuel Alarcon. This market has all types of food from the land and the sea, and you can enjoy eating it in the magical interior with metal, crystal and ceramic frames. Depending on the time of the day, there is

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu- Madrid

Overview The Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium in Madrid is the home of one of the top sports teams in the world: Real Madrid. This imposing Coliseum is located in the heart of the city, right on the Castellana, Madrid’s main artery. The Stadium is named after Real Madrid’s first great superstar. Mr. Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste was born in Albacete in 1895. He began his career as a goalkeeper but transitioned to the

Wanda Metropolitano

Wanda Metropolitano- Madrid

Overview: Wanda Metropolitano The Wanda Metropolitano is home to one of Europe’s top teams and the second best team in Madrid: Atlético de Madrid. Of course, Real Madrid and Atlético have an intense, cross-city rivalry and is considered to be Madrid “blue colar” team.   Atlético just recently moved to this ultra-modern stadium from the mythic Vicente Calderon stadium that was located in the center of town. The Wanda Metropolitano stadium is located

Mercado de San Anton

Mercado de San Anton- Madrid

Why we recommend hotel Mercado de San Anton? It is located in the surroundings of the Plaza de Anton Martin, on Calle Santa Isabel and you can get there very easily on the metro by taking line 1 to the Anton Martin stop. If you like excellent quality products, this is the place for you. On top of it, variety is the word used to describe the market, because you can really find

El Capricho Park

El Capricho Park- Madrid

Why we recommend hotel El Capricho Park? On the very east of Madrid’s city, you can find the lovely El Capricho Park, in the Alameda de Osuna neighborhood. The park is not opened everyday and you can access practically every weekend throughout the year. In the upper part of the park, you can find a beautiful lake and its pier known as the Casa de la Canas (House of Reed) because of the material

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Valle de los Caidos

Valle de los Caidos

El Valle de los Caidos or the Valley of the Fallen is a religious structure commissioned by General Francisco Franco honoring fallen soldiers of the Spanish civil war, located near El Escorial, 50 minutes outside of Madrid. El Valle de los Caidos also served as the burial place of Franco’s remains until his exhumation on 24 October 2019. The dictator’s remains were moved in an effort to avoid public veneration and support for his dictatorship, a matter of great contention in Spain to this day, , as a result of efforts to remove all public veneration of his dictatorship, and following a long legal process.

El Escorial in Madrid, Spain

El Escorial is one of Spain´s top tourist attractions. This massive building serves as a church, monastery, palace, mausoleum, library, museum, and school. It is constructed out of granite blocks from the nearby mountain range, the Sierra de Guadarrama. The two bell towers and the high dome are a distinctive feature of the complex. Altogether it comprises 16 courtyards, 12 cloisters, 86 staircases, over 2,000 windows, 88 fountains, and 13 chapels and oratories!!! Where is El Escorial located? The Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial is located at the town known as El Escorial. The history of this town has always been connected with the Monastery

Roman aqueduct

Roman aqueduct- Segovia

Why do we recommend Roman aqueduct? The aqueduct is Segovia´s landmark. It is with no doubt one of the finest structures in the wolrd from Roman times. Its exact date of construction is not known, though experts date it between the second half of the first century and start of the second century A.D, during the reigns of Trajan and Vespian. The highest part of the aqueduct is located next to a roundabout. A very convenient underground parking is located at this roundabout. How long is the aqueduct of Segovia? The entire construction is 17 kilometers long. It brings water to Segovia from Riofrio (the

Catedral Primada

Catedral Primada- Toledo

La cathedral Primada of Toledo is the Town´s major monument and one of Spain’s cathedrals best  examples of pure Gothic style. It contains an outstanding art museum with paintings from El Bosco or El Greco, to name but a few. The foundation stone was laid under Ferdinand III, the Holy, and Rodrigo Ximénez de Rada, Archbishop of Toledo, in 1226. The first architect was Master Martín who was succeeded by Petrus Petri. Although the cathedral took two centuries to build and was not completed until 1493. It is pure Gothic. The main façade has three Gothic portals: Puerta del Perdón, Puerta del Infierno (left) and

La Granja de San Ildefonso

La Granja de San Ildefonso

Located in the province of Segovia, just 15 minutes drive from the city of Segovia (a Unesco heritage site) La Granja de San Ildefonso is one of the royal palaces in Spain near Madrid. Its gardens and fountains make it look like the Spanish version of Versailles.

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Spain royal palaces

El Escorial and its fascinating monastery where Spanish Kings are buried, the beautiful marvel of La Granja de San Ildefonso located 10 kilometers from Segovia, The Aranjuez palace and its gardens (declared Unesco heritage site) and the Royal Palace in Madrid are all proof of a way of live, but also of inmense wealth and beauty. Some of th ebest tours to enjoy from Madrid include visits to these fantastic locations

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Day trips from Madrid

Madrid is one of the few cities in the world, if not the only one, that can claim to enjoy so many Unesco heritage sites at less than 1 hour drive from the Capital.

Fascinating medieval villages where local gastronomy remains unspoilt, top palaces and gardens (El Escorial, Aranjuez, La Granja) or one of the world´s most impressive medieval walls in Avila. Add the famous hanging houses of Cuenca, the wines of Ribera del Duero, the windmills of Don Quixote, or the elegance and beauty of Salamanca and you will start to consider Madrid as a perfect base from where to enjoy day after day amazing destinations.

We have left to the end of this list Segovia and Toledo, 2 of the World´s bes preserved medieval cities and, in both cases, ancient capitals of Spain.

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