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Things to do in Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD)

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD). How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD).

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  • Becara

    Since 1964, this Madrid-based brand has offered stylish, eclectic furnishings and home accessories sourced from around the world (traditional ceram... More
  • Business Center

    Workaholics want for nothing at this comprehensive business hub—which offers private meeting rooms, computer stations, copy and fax services, and e... More
  • Children’s Artistic Impressions of Flight

    An ongoing exhibition of children’s artwork is displayed throughout all the airport’s terminals (the airport hosted more than 150 visits last year ... More
  • Elysium Travel Spa

    An impressive menu of rejuvenating treatments is offered at this full-service sanctuary (an outpost of an upscale Spanish spa chain). Massages (fro... More
  • España and América

    Created in 1981 by Quito-born painter Oswaldo Guayasamín—famous in South America for his politically charged work—these two coordinating murals jux... More
  • Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre

    The only Madrid outpost of the Royal Spanish Mint, this shop sells limited-edition commemorative coins, as well as stamps, engravings, and reproduc... More
  • Lafiore

    Lafiore’s artisanal handblown glass pieces—including vases, tumblers, candleholders, bowls, and glass-bead jewelry—are created by a family-owned bu... More
  • Las Tres Damas de Barajas (The Three Ladies from Barajas)

    These three sculptural bronze busts, created by internationally known Valencian artist Manolo Valdés, manage to seem both stately and playful. Each... More
  • Les Boutiques

    A sprawling duty-free emporium, Les Boutiques stocks watches and jewelry from Cartier and Bulgari; Ferragamo purses and leather goods; and signatur... More
  • Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD)

    Located a 20-minute drive east of the city, Madrid Barajas International Airport is the busiest in Spain. There is free wireless Internet throughou... More
  • Sibarium Delicatessen

    Can’t bear to leave Spain’s gustatory pleasures behind? Stop in at this gleaming gourmet deli to stock up on locally made cheeses, olive oils, tinn... More
  • Velásquez VIP Lounge

    The biggest of the airport’s nine VIP lounges (it sprawls over 21,000 square feet) is also the biggest in Spain. Here, business-class Iberia travel... More

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