Amazing Things to See in Madrid
11 February, 2020
Madrid is one of the best cities in the world and offers you history, culture, entertainment, brilliant museums and an experience that keeps many travellers coming back for more. If you’re planning to go to Madrid soon read this guide. If you’re not planning to go, read this guide and you’ll soon be booking a ticket to see this great city.
Walking Tours of Madrid
Many opt to see Madrid by GuruWalk, which is a special walking tour of Spain’s capital city. The local guides take you to the best places the city has to offer on foot. They provide history and context to what you are looking at, and as you walk, you soak up the city’s atmosphere.
Visit the official tourist website to get an idea of where to go. Also, read this guide.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of Madrid’s more interesting places.
Even if art is not your thing, you should still visit The Prado for the magnificence of the building and landscaped grounds. Inside you are set for a visual treat of masterpieces by renaissance and baroque masters.
Velázquez, El Greco, Rembrandt, Brueghel, van Dyck and Rubens, Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Tintoretto works all feature.
Perhaps though, even more so than the Caravaggio masterpiece is the 14 Black Paintings from Goya.
This magnificent 18th-century palace was built for King Philip V. It replaced the Moorish Alcázar fortress-palace, which burned down in 1734. The building is a blend of neoclassical and baroque styles and is the largest royal palace in western Europe.
Inside you’ll find works by Velázquez, Goya and Caravaggio together with stunning tapestries, silverware, and porcelain.
If that is not enough the Royal Palace is home to the only string quartet of Stradivarius instruments in the world.
National Archaeological Museum
One of the best aspects of this wonderful museum is how many of the artefacts predate the Roman Empire. You can find Iberian sculptures that over 2500 years old. It is not that the Roman Empire is in any way underrepresented and neither is more recent history.
The Treasure of Guarrazar of Visigothic crosses which dates to the 600s will make you marvel in wonder.
The treasures in this building are remarkable and will give you a picture of Spain throughout the ages.
To get a picture of Madrid at its entertaining best, take a stroll through Gran Vía. Packed with shops, bars, and cafes, this part of Madrid never sleeps. Here you’ll find a mix of high street stores and boutiques.
During the evenings it is often frequented by couples making use of the facilities and by clubbers hitting the late-night bars and other nightspots.
One of the highlights is the Telefónica Building. This is one of the earliest examples of a skyscraper built in 1928.
For an amazing night out in Spain’s capital city, why not try a flamenco tablaos. Here you’ll see stunning displays of the dance art form while tucking into a fine meal consisting of traditional Spanish ingredients.
Although strictly speaking the dance did not originate in Madrid but is a product of Murcia, Extremadura, and Andalusia culture, it has been well adopted by the city.
If you get a chance to have an evening of this nature, take it with both hands.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
A tour of Europe’s most successful football club should be high on your list of priorities. The 85,000 seater stadium is home to Real Madrid who has won 11 European Cups, more than any other European team.
The tour is comprehensive, and the scale of the stadium comes alive. You will see the dugouts, dressing room, and the vast trophy collection. The tour even includes the press room and presidential box.
Up until the late 19th century, Retiro Park was the property of the Spanish royal family. Now it is open to the public, and this beautiful park is great if you have kids, and to stroll through taking in the sights and smells.
The oldest tree in Madrid is here planted in 1633. It is a Montezuma Cypress and is ringed off to protect it.
The renaissance square constructed in the early 1600s is another must-see place on our tour of Madrid. Today, some of the square is residential and features a 400-year-old bronze statue of King Philip III.
It is a great place to grab a coffee and sit, and people watch for a while, and it is easy to while away hours with a good book.
Madrid is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with wonder around every corner. Grab a walking tour and lose yourself in the Spanish capital. No doubt you’ll be doing it all over again very soon.