Madrid is one of my favorite cities. Located right in the center of Spain it is a great place to start a Spanish adventure! But first, let’s explore the city. Here are a few favorite things to do in Madrid.
Lounge in a beautiful leafy park, rent a bicycle or visit one of the world’s top museums… and don’t miss the churros!
Five Awesome Things To Do in Madrid
This wonderful urban park is filled with leafy trees and grassy green spaces. It even has a big pool where you can rent a boat and go for a paddle. Retiro is a popular place to lounge in the shade, walk your dog, or go for a run. There are several structures in the park which are also worth a look, especially the stunning historic entrance gates. Don’t miss the Palacio de Cristal in the center of the park – it often hosts free art exhibits and is absolutely gorgeous.
Churros y Chocolate
Have you tried churros y chocolate? Whether you are already a fan or have never sampled this sweet treat, head down the narrow alley to the famous Chocolateria San Gines for a delightful snack. You’ll get a plate of crunchy fried churros and a mug of thick chocolate sauce. This ain’t for drinking, my friends! Dip the churro in the chocolate and take a bite, yum!
Vamos a Tapear
When in Madrid, do as the locals do. Go for tapas! Start around 8PM and find an area with several bars. Have a drink and tapa or two at each bar and move on to the next. Many places specialize in a certain type of food or drink. Have fun exploring! After a few tapas you could go to dinner, or just continue with a tapas tour until you are full!
Hit a Museum
The Prado and Reina Sofia are two world famous art museums located in Madrid. Both of these should be on the list of must-sees for any art aficionado.
Feeling frugal? Both the Prado and Reina Sofia have free entrance times. The Prado is free Mon-Sat from 6pm – 8pm and Sundays from 5pm – 7pm. Reina Sofia has free hours daily from 7-9pm and Sundays from 2:30 to 7pm. Check their websites to confirm current times.
Rent a Bike
You might notice the rows of white bicycles parked curbside around the city. Madrid has its own fleet of city bikes that can be rented by locals and tourists alike. And guess what? They are high tech electric to give you that little extra push up hills. Directions for using them are available in English as well as Spanish at each of the many rental locations. You can also get information about the bikes online.
Be sure to check out this helpful post on Seeking the Spanish Sun on what you need to know before visiting Madrid including how to get around and Spanish language basics. Perri is a Madrid local and can give you lots of excellent insights.
Have fun exploring the gorgeous and fun city of Madrid!
How will you get to Spain? Forget flying! Take the ferry instead!
Have you booked a place to stay in Madrid yet? it can get quite booked up in spring and summer! Check lodging prices across booking engines with HotelsCombined.