Madrid Attractions

Top Things to Do in Madrid, Spain

Things to Do in Madrid

Top Attractions in Madrid

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  • Tom S
    Washington, DC79 contributions
    Don't miss the Garden of Earthly Delights and the extensive collection of artists including Goya, Velazquez, and El Greco. Well worth the trip, one of the better museums we have visited worldwide.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Americamba
    Bogota, Colombia17 contributions
    The Retiro park is an incredible place to unwind and enjoy a break from urban Madrid. It is large and full of wonderful fountains and gardens and famous sights like the Crystal Palace. Perfect place to also fill your lungs and cool off in the shade of the many trees. Be sure to visit the Rosaleda and stop to smell the roses. They are intoxicating! Would love to come back and go for a run through this park, but it’s wonderful just for strolling, having a picnic, or taking a short nap. Lots of places to also stop for a refreshment!
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Marty M
    3 contributions
    It's the biggest and most famous club on the planet so you would expect their stadium to be something spectacular. The future stadium currently being built looks like it's from a different planet . If you love football, you have to come and visit the pinnacle of club football. Do not miss the in unbelievable trophy museum.
    Written 4 October 2022
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  • Tom S
    Washington, DC79 contributions
    Definitely go with a guide, as they will be able to explain the significance and relationship of the royal families over time, like how the Habsburgs and Bourbons had a major influence on Spanish history. The palace is still used for high level government meetings.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Geeta S
    Philadelphia, PA95 contributions
    Incredible museum with an impressive collection. Also easy to navigate.

    Do not miss this museum! I did the first time I went to Madrid.
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • Barry I
    Maidstone, UK4 contributions
    As an art lover, I found this place amazing. Such a great display of the art I like - Picasso, Miro and the amazing Salvador Dali. Lots of other great artists as well and could not help but spend hours in here! But mainly, if you like Salvador's work, do not miss this.
    Written 27 September 2022
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  • EgyptophileEngland
    Burnley, UK197 contributions
    We have been visiting the Museo Sorolla whenever we were in Madrid and for YEARS. Their website says the Sorolla Museum Foundation was created through the bequest of Clotilde García del Castillo, the painter's widow, who bequeathed her personal collection of his “paintings, notes and drawings” and the family home to the Spanish State in her 1925 will, in order to create a Museum in remembrance of her late husband. The State accepted the bequest and the Sorolla Museum opened as the Sorolla Museum Private Educational Foundation.

    It remained in this form until 1993, when new regulations prohibited the State from owning foundations. The institution was then divided into two: The Sorolla Museum, dependent on the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and the Sorolla Museum Foundation, which is still connected to the Museum and is governed by its Board.

    When we first visited - pre 1993 - the ceilings were peeling, the walls were damp and the place was virtually devoid of visitors - though the art was absolutely STUNNING and made us Sorolla aficionados for life. Over the years the building has had vast improvement, the programme of exhibitions and hangings has extended or been changed around and more areas of the house have increasingly been opened up to visitors. When we visited last week the museum was seriously over-crowded - rather in the manner of 'block buster' exhibitions at a National Gallery though without the space or systems to deal with such numbers. It was wonderful to see so many people now appreciating the superb paintings of this talented artist brought about by the generous bequest of his wife but, oh something has to be done about the numbers, organisation of this success and, to be honest, one or two of the staff. We were treated with consideration and politeness. We didn't have to queue to obtain our tickets as the attendant pulled us from the queue blocking the door to the shop/ticket office/left luggage/and toilets, took our age validations and returned with our free entry tickets. Wonderful, simply wonderful not even to have to pay to see Sorolla's stunning paintings even if we were shoulder to shoulder with other enamoured visitors. We noted though that one of the attendants in the main studio was just WAITING for a visitor to put a toe on one of the rugs on the floor before rudely reproving them. Curators, put a little chain round it so people know they're not allowed to stand on it, or round any precious items they're not allowed too near to so they don't fall foul of the attendants. The little dried flower bundles and pine cones indicating people may not sit on the chairs is discreet, charming and seems effective.

    As it happens this current temporary exhibition wasn't for me because the dark environment and oddly positioned lighting played havoc with my sight. The opening up of a different route to get back downstairs certainly should help for a 'through route' but then one finishes up at the front of the house, the opposite side of the building from the shop and temptingly close to the gateway to the street without having to make any post visit purchase. We did work our way back to the shop through the artists in the garden/more folk queueing for tickets to select, and join the queue to pay for our purchases but PHEW! It had to be someone as talented as Sorolla to give us the enjoyment of visiting the Museo Sorolla. Either the admission price has to be raised (would be worth every cent!) or timed, limited number admissions system has to be introduced. We enjoyed Sorolla's paintings for FREE and with not another soul around in the Fundacion Maria Cristina Masaveu Peterson and also in the Prado which is free in the evenings. The Museo Sorolla is now a victim of its own success and needs some tweaking - if not re-thinking. We love it, love it....but....
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • Naija Babe 2016
    Nigeria3,664 contributions
    Gran Via is your 'one-stop-shop-street', located in the heart of Madrid. It reminded me of London's Oxford Street- just a much wider version. This super long stretch of road is a pedestrian shopper's dream come true, with numerous Stores and Shops dotting both sides of the street. There are several Hotels, Restaurants, Bureau de Changes, Cafes and Banks as well other services. We noticed a couple of Metro Railway connections, which aren't always seen in other parts of the city. Gran Via has a ton of narrow canal-like side streets and alley ways where you can easily find those 'hidden gem' type Shops and Eateries. The famous Schweppes Building tower is quite notable, and very visible in the distant background- (refer to my posted photos of it). Gran Via is arguably Madrid's best shopping hub, and the ideal destination for all your shopping needs, so do endeavour to visit please. Highly, highly recommended!! 👍🏽👏🏼👌🏽
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • Tom S
    Washington, DC79 contributions
    Crowded and popular, worth seeing, but pick a restaurant carefully. The Mercado de San Miguel is nearby and that is also worth a visit.
    Written 3 October 2022
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  • roborant
    Fairborn, OH172 contributions
    Great museum to visit. Much bigger than you would think. We spent several hours going through it and were unable to see everything.
    Written 28 September 2022
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  • uri117
    Kfar Saba, Israel245 contributions
    nice quarter for the afternoon, a lot of posh shops along with the usual brands, lots of restaurants and cafe's around
    Written 8 June 2022
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  • Faye J
    Rugby, UK666 contributions
    Nice place to wander around with nowhere in mind to go...lovely streets with some quaint buildings and some amazing paintings on sides on houses
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Lia H
    Bogota, Colombia1,019 contributions
    Quick stop with lots to see and admire. Go during the day, and don't miss it at night. There is something simple and magical about being there... Great to walk around!
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • MichaelBNielsen
    Odense, Denmark358 contributions
    It should be the best tapas in town presented in an old beautiful building and with a very hectic atmosphere. There is a broad variety of food and drinks at medium prices. The only challenge is to find a place to sit down and eat. You are not allowed to take beverages in glasses outside. Worth a visit even if you don’t go there to eat,
    Written 2 October 2022
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  • dena f
    Oxfordshire, UK266 contributions
    A great open space with a wide trail for walking, running, or cycling. There were a number of smaller playgrounds along the route and you really only have to cross 1 major road along a 6km stretch. We rented a family cycle from Eco Moving Sports at an hourly rate and joined the crowd along the river.
    Written 13 November 2021
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