Things to do in Madrid
Few places have as much energy and style as Spain’s grand capital city. If you are in search of things to do in Madrid, read on. Travel + Leisure’s guide features the insider listings you want—designer boutiques, superb art museums, secret tapas bars, notable architecture, music clubs, parks and green spaces, theaters, arguably everything from monasteries to DJ-owned nightclubs—from El Centro, Chueca, Chamberi, and beyond.
Browse T+L’s travel guide and discover what to do in Madrid and why so many travelers adore this uniquely Spanish city—where locals stay out all night partying at outdoor terrazas, where great arts institutions like the Prado and the Reina Sofia show off works by famous sons Picasso, Goya, and Dalí, and where shopping is a favorite pastime, surpassing the siesta years ago. You will not want to miss El Rastro, a 3,500-vendor flea market that’s been operating since the Middle Ages; Madrid’s answer to Central Park, El Retiro; iconic shops like Caramelos Paco, a candy store that’s been selling sweets since 1934; and a tour company that specializes in luxury wine-tasting trips through the city and into the vineyards of Castile. No matter how you slice it, there are plenty of things to do in Madrid, and then more for after hours.
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