Madrid has an easy, unfussy charm that is best appreciated on foot, strolling from one neighborhood to the next and stopping in to interesting shops ... Read More
Madrid has an easy, unfussy charm that is best appreciated on foot, strolling from one neighborhood to the next and stopping in to interesting shops and museums as they pop up. In a city as culturally rich and undeniably exciting as Madrid, there is no shortage of fascinating things to do. If you’re interested in history and art, the Golden Triangle of museums is not to be missed. Located in roughly the same area, the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornemisza are the core of Spanish art. The Prado specializes in pre-20th-century (think Goya and El Greco) while the Reina Sofía features a wonderful collection of modern works from the 20th century (Picasso, Dali, and Miró). Meanwhile, the Thyssen-Bornemisza displays a mixture of classical and modern artwork, including the old masters Van Eyck and Rubens as well as Impressionists like Van Gogh, Degas, and Renoir. Outside these three museums, those looking for things to do in Madrid will find that the city also has a naval museum, a museum of natural history, a museum of the Americas, and other fantastic galleries.
Another great way to experience the city and find things to do in Madrid is to simply walk around. The city is filled to the brim with wonderful classical architecture and well-manicured parks and plazas. On a Sunday, check out the city’s massive flea market, known as El Rastro, followed by lunch at El Imparcial or any of the local bars in the tapas-dense neighborhood of La Latina. Sportier sorts will be drawn to Madrid Río, with four miles of jogging and bike paths and ziplines and playgrounds for kids. Or take in a soccer match with one (or both if you’re really lucky) of the city’s rival teams, Real Madrid and Atletico. By night, head to Chueca, Madrid’s LGBT-friendly district, or the Malasaña neighborhood to experience Madrid’s raucous nightlife. And don’t leave Madrid without climbing to the top of the Circulo de Bellas Artes for an unrivaled view of Madrid’s skyline.