22 exciting Madrid Attractions

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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 and at our best things to do in Madrid guide  where you will find insights, recommendations, itineraries and plans to make the most out of your stay. 

 

Top Attractions in Madrid

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Puerta del Sol: the ultimate tourist guide

Puerta del Sol  La Puerta del Sol is located in the heart of Madrid, and in the heart of the country in fact. La Puerta del Sol is Madrid’s main square and the geographical center of the country. It is located just a few minutes from the Plaza Mayor and was the sight of one of Madrid’s original entry gates. This entranceway faced east and was adorned with an image of the sun, from there the

Madrid botanical gardens

Madrid botanical gardens The botanical gardens in Madrid are centrally located. At 5 minutes walk from other top tourist attractions in Madrid like the Prado Museum or the Thyssen Bornemisa art gallery, the botanical gardens offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy fresh air in Madrid city center, and learn about nature. 8.2 Madrid CITY GUIDE  ATTRACTIONS IN Madrid Madrid botanical gardens- Visitor guide How long to visit the botanical gardens? The visit will depend on your

Rastro de Madrid

Rastro de Madrid: the definitive visitors guide of Madrid’s best open-air market

El Rastro, Madrid  El Rastro is Madrid’s most famous street market and a must if you are in the Spanish capital. It’s a great way to spend a lazy Sunday morning exploring the stalls and inspecting all the miss-matched trinkets. The Rastro, however, is huge, and navigating it isn’t as simple as it may seem. Therefore, our expert local guides have put together this guide to help you get the most out of your experience. El

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. It does not normally show among the top attractions in Madrid, but this has probably got to do with the world-class reputation of the “Big” galleries in Madrid.  The academy is, above all, an academy with 56 members from

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 after the rings

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Faunia Madrid

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 as the Madrid Zoo,

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Madrid Zoo

Overview The city of Madrid has had a long relationship and interest in exotic animals. The first Madrid 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. Today´s Zoo is a children´s favorite in Madrid and with no doubt a

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 designed specifically for

Mercado de San Miguel

Mercado de San Miguel- Madrid

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. It is beautiful, but many locals believe it has become too touristic and too expensive too! In any case,

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 modern heart of the city, right on the Castellana, Madrid’s main artery. The Stadium is named after Real Madrid’s first great super star and is one of the most visited attractions in Madrid.  Mr. Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste was born in Albacete in 1895. He began

Wanda Metropolitano

Wanda Metropolitano- Madrid

Overview: Wanda Metropolitano The Wanda Metropolitano is a spectacular stadiumd, 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 and that plays at the Bernabeu Stadium.   Atlético just recently moved to this ultra-modern stadium from the mythic Vicente Calderon stadium that was located in the center of

Mercado de San Anton

San Anton Market in Chueca, Madrid

Why do we recommend Mercado de San Anton? The San Anton market 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 whatever

El Capricho Park

El Capricho Park- Madrid

El Capricho Park, Madrid´s most romantic 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 its built

Parque Juan Carlos I

Juan Carlos I park, Madrid

Juan Carlos I Park Juan Carlos I park is divided in different recreational areas. It is located next to the IFEMA fairground and was inaugurated in 1992 for the naming of Madrid as the European Capital of Culture that same year. The park is huge and has a lot of space where you can enjoy outdoor activities. The Juan Carlos I park offers you a multitude of things like a free visit of the park in

Parque de Berlin

Berlin Park, Madrid

Berlin park near the Bernabeu Stadium The Berlin Park (Parque de Berlin) is a beautiful 5-acre park that honors the Berlin city. It is situated in the north of Madrid on Calle Ramon y Cajal, and has on display 3 pieces of the Berlin Wall that was brought over in 1990. There is also a sculpture called the “Oso de berlin” (Berlin bear) and a sculpture dedicated to Beethoven, an auditorium and playgrounds for the children.

Museo Thyssen Bornemisza

Museo Thyssen Bornemisza- Madrid

Why we recommend Museo Thyssen Bornemisza? The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum gives the public a stroll through art, from the XIII century until the end of the XXth. The visitor will be able to contemplate the main pieces from the periods and schools such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Roccoco, Romanticism, art of the XIX and XX century and Pop Art. You can see art movements that are not shown in other museums such as Impressionism, Fauvism, German

Retiro Park

Retiro Park- Madrid

Retiro Park, the best park in Madrid The Retiro park is probably Spain´s most famous park. Enjoying a boat ride in the Retiro lake is one of the top things to enjoy in Madrid with children. Among the many interesting things you will be able to enjoy in El Retiro park you will be able to take some pictures of trees, squirrels, ducks and beautiful fountains. This will allow you to take home beautiful memories of

Madrid Rio

Madrid Rio- Madrid

Madrid Rio. The park with the best views in Madrid Madrid Rio´s very long path starts in the Puente de los Franceses and runs a few miles until you reach the Matadero area. The large number of trails makes it very pleasant to walk, and by the time you’re done walking one trail or another, it could add up to about 10 kilometers. It offers breath-taking views of the Madrid Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. 

Museo Reina Sofia

Reina Sofia museum

Rein Sofia museum – Picasso, Dali and so much more! The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is one of the most important of Madrid. It offers the visitor an extent collection of Spanish modern art pieces. Founded in 1992, the Reina Sofia Museum continues the periods that the Prado doesn’t, starting from 1881, the year of Pablo Picasso’s birth. This museum offers the visitor pieces of art from important Spanish painters such as Pablo

Museo del Prado

Prado Museum in Madrid – Complete visitors guide

Museo del Prado, one of the world´s finest art galleries The Museo Del Prado is one of the main tourist sites of the city of Madrid and you should not pass it up. You can see masterpieces of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools. Average customer review Score for Museo del Prado 9.2 Madrid CITY GUIDE  ATTRACTIONS IN SPAIN Prado Museum – visit guide Plan your visit Depending on the time you have to visit the

Top Attractions near Madrid

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,

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

Roman aqueduct

Roman aqueduct of Segovia

The Roman aqueduct of Segovia The roman aqueduct of Segovia´s landmark and amongst Spain´s top attractions. It is with no doubt one of the finest structures in the world from Roman times. Its exact date of construction is not known, though experts date it between the second half of the first century and the start of the second century A.D, during the reigns of Trajan and Vespian. The aqueduct is probably Segovia´s top attractions, but

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. Any visit to the city of Toledo should include time at the Cathedral. The visitor centre is opposite the entrance and tickets can be bought there or get them included in one of the daily

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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