Madrid’s Top 10
Posted on October 06, 2016
Puerta Del Sol
The heart of the city and Spain’s Kilometre Zero (geographical centre,) Sol is a great place to start a day out in Madrid. With streets leading off in all directions, there are countless shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. Just a few minutes walk from Sol is the instantly recognisable Plaza Mayor.
A personal favourite, El Tigre is very popular bar with locals and tourists alike. Five Euros for a pint of beer, sangria or mojito comes with free tapas. El Tigre is a perfect place to start a night out as for the price of a few drinks you can enjoy plenty of tasty tapas to line the stomach.
Parque Del Retiro
Great for an afternoon stroll, Parque Del Retiro is one of the largest parks in Madrid and has lots to offer including a boating lake, lots of green space, marble statues around every corner and a botanical garden. Performers and artists will entertain the crowds at the weekend.
One of Spain’s most famous bull rings is worth a visit even if you do not want to watch the sport of bull fighting. Take a guided tour around the incredible structure and learn about this Spanish tradition and its history. The venue is also used for music concerts from time to time hosting international acts like Coldplay.
Madrid’s mega nightclub has seven floors and something for everyone: from cocktail bars and dance music to karaoke, salsa, hip hop and chilled spaces. Although quite pricey, it is definitely somewhere everyone should experience at least once.
Home to one of the most famous football clubs in the world, there are two ways to see the magnificent Bernabeu Stadium. A fantastic guided tour lets you see behind the scenes and learn about the history of the club, whereas a visit on match day is a chance to take in the incredible atmosphere of 80,000 fans.
Known as one of the great art capitals of the world, the central trio of art museums are well worth a visit and include the famous Museo Del Prado, The Thyssen-Bornemisza and The Reina Sofía with a range of masterpieces from the likes of Goya and Picasso.
Madrid has more bars per square capita than any other city in Europe. One of it’s finest and a must visit for sherry drinkers is La Venecia. With an antique look and feel and hundreds to choose from, it has to be up there with one of the best sherry bars in the world.
Royal Palace and Egyptian temple
The Royal Palace, its gardens, Almudena Cathedral and the Egyptian temple of Debod are all situated in close proximity to each other and can all be seen for free. The Egyptian Temple in West Park is also a popular drinking spot in the evening with amazing views of the sunset.
Although not in Madrid itself, The World Heritage Site of Segovia is just a couple of hours north by train and is definitely worth a visit. Be transported back in time as you look around the city’s ancient streets. The Roman Aqueduct is extremely impressive, as is the Cathedral and Alcázar of Segovia (an Arab fort.)