Madrid is a great destination for a stag do (or bachelor party for American grooms-to-be). The Spanish capital is becoming increasingly popular for pre-wedding celebrations because of its glorious weather, reasonable prices and famously brilliant nightlife. We take a look at the best stag party activities in Madrid.
Football stadium tour
Footy fans shouldn’t leave Madrid without visiting the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, home to Spanish soccer giants Real Madrid. There are several stadium tours available daily, which last around 90 minutes and cost €25 (US$28.50). Visitors go behind the scenes, enjoying a panoramic view of the legendary stadium, visiting the pitch and dressing rooms as well as the impressive trophy room.
Check out some of Madrid’s most famous sights from the comfort of a beer bike. Madrid-based Bbike carries up to 18 people on a 45-minute ride around the capital. Your hard peddling will be rewarded with some refreshing beer, a great laugh and plenty of excellent photo opportunities.
Madrid is home to two of the world’s best football teams, so if your groom is a big footie fan, why not plan your stag do to coincide with a match? Tickets for both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are available online, but make sure to look well in advance to get the best deals. All you need is a new football shirt, scarf and hat and you’re good to go.
Go Car Tours
In this unique sightseeing tour, you drive around the city in a Go Car – the first ever GPS storytelling car, a tiny yellow vehicle that zips you around the city. You can follow suggested routes already programmed into the car, or explore where you fancy, and the best part is you can go at your own pace, stopping when and where you like to take photographs. One-hour trips around Madrid’s historic centre start at €35 (US$40), while three-hour trips start at €60 (US$68).
Head to Madrid’s beautiful Retiro park and put your biceps to the test having a go on the lake’s rowing boats – it’s a great way to spend a lazy afternoon and is sure to bring out the competitive side in your stags. There are kiosks surrounding the lake where you can enjoy an ice cold beer as a reward for your rowing efforts.
Segway or bike tour
If you want a slightly more unique way to explore the city than on foot, opt for a Segway tour (if you’re brave enough). Scoot through historic Madrid on two wheels: a sure-fire hilarious activity, just make sure you’re careful on the cobbles! If you don’t fancy a Segway, renting bikes could be right up your street. Check out the centre then head down to the river, stopping for beers in the Casa de Campo park.
After a day of full-on exploring, there’s no better way to kick back and start the night in style than enjoying a few beers or a cocktail on one of Madrid’s rooftop bars. Circulo de Bellas Artes has some of the most iconic views over Madrid, and the 360-degree panorama is stunning. The Roof at ME Hotel is the place to see and be seen, and has fabulous views across Plaza Santa Ana and beyond, while HAT Hostel has a hip rooftop with a laid-back vibe and, intriguingly, cocktails served in bags – a must-try, even if for the novelty value.
Visit a craft beer bar
Madrid’s craft beer scene has been steadily growing over the past few years and sampling some local beers is a great way to start your night out. Naturbier, on Plaza Santa Ana brews its own beers, as does Fábrica Maravillas, in Malasaña. If you fancy going a bit further afield, local beer La Virgen’s brewery is located in Las Rozas, just outside Madrid and offers tours and tastings, as well as pub-style food.
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