It’s another beautiful week, and as always, we are on the lookout for our next incredible destination. Right now, we’ve got our sights set on the breathtaking country of Spain. The capital city is not only one of the most beautiful cities in the country but also in all of Europe. With so much to see and do, both historical and modern, a trip here will never disappoint. Since Madrid offers something for everyone - whether you love art, the outdoors, or sports - we wanted to share some of the best places to make your visit fabulous.
1. Prado Museum - The Prado is not only Madrid’s most famous museum but also one of the most popular in the world. Filled with paintings and sculptures, the museum showcases Spanish, Italian, and Flemish styles of art.
2. Plaza Mayor - This renaissance square dates back to the early 1600s and surrounds you with cafes and bars where you can enjoy a drink while admiring the beautiful architecture and atmosphere.
3. El Retiro Park -This luscious park offers activities for the whole family. Enjoy walking among formal gardens, including a rose garden with over 4,000 roses. Let the kids enjoy the playgrounds and take the entire family on a paddleboat ride.
4. Puerta del Sol - This area is the heart of Madrid, where you can experience the culture and life of the city. Nightly, it is filled with parties at the nightclubs and makes for a perfect place to wander and enjoy street performers.
5. Royal Palace - This luxurious palace was the home of the kings of Spain for almost 200 years and includes 3,000 rooms, some of which are open to the public. Enjoy a display of royal armory and Spanish artwork.
6. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art - If you want to experience more art, this museum offers more than just Spanish works. View renaissance paintings by artists such as Rembrandt and impressionist pieces from Monet and Degas.
7. Gran Via - Another top spot for experiencing life in Madrid, enjoy popular shopping spots during the day or nightclubs after dark. It is also filled with architecture dating back to the early 1900s.
8. Bernabeu Stadium - Soccer fans will adore a tour of this gigantic stadium filled with the history of the great successes of the famous team Real Madrid. Enjoy panoramic views and visits to the players’ dressing rooms and dugouts.
9. Casa de Campo - As the largest public park in Madrid, Casa de Campo boasts more than just open space for picnics and relaxation. Enjoy the amusement park, zoo, and cable car rides.
10. Queen Sofia Arts Center - Madrid’s third excellent art museum focuses on modern and contemporary art. The 21,000 pieces of art include works by Salvador Dali and Picasso.
11. Flamenco tablaos - Flamenco is Spain’s most famous dance, and though not native to Madrid, it is best experienced in the tablaos there. You can even enjoy some Spanish food while taking in the performance.
12. Mercado de San Miguel - Food lovers will enjoy this vast marketplace that offers drinks like coffee and cocktails, tapas, fruit, meat, and seafood.
13. Matadero Madrid - Here, art has taken over an old slaughterhouse, filling it with dance performances and vendors of art, crafts, and fashion pieces.
14. Plaza de Cibeles - Considered the most famous plaza in Madrid, Cibeles is home to some of the best architecture, including a palace and a fountain of a Roman goddess.
15. El Rastro Market - This market is a giant flea market offering everything from art to souvenirs, antiques, and household items. Experience live music as you browse the massive variety.
Visiting any of these locations is sure to make your trip to Madrid one that you will never forget. If you’ve been wondering which city to visit in Spain, we’d love to discuss how Madrid can be the perfect addition to your itinerary. Click here to schedule your call with us, and let’s begin planning!