You’ll spot gorgeous monuments left and right walking down Madrid’s busy city streets. Madrid’s famous Palacio Real and Catedral de Almudena are some of the most iconic.
Catedral de la Almudena, Calle de Bailén, 10, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 42 22 00
Royal Palace of Madrid, Calle de Bailén, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 54 87 00
A monument tour just wouldn’t be complete without checking out the giant Cibeles Palace – it was once the post office but is now home to the mayor’s office, art exhibitions, a rooftop restaurant and more. Also plan to stop by the Puerta de Alcalá and the city’s beautiful Cibeles fountain, portraying a Greek goddess in her chariot.
Palacio de Cibeles, Plaza Cibeles, 1, Madrid, Spain, +34 914 80 00 08
Even if bullfighting isn’t your thing, pay a visit to the Plaza de Toros de Ventas, which dates back to 1931. The enormous building, which which boasts a Moorish style of architecture, has not only been home to many famous bullfights, but also concerts by the Beatles, Diana Ross and more. Many festivals and events are also held here.
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Calle de Alcalá, 237, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 56 22 00
Chill out in a plaza
You can’t miss out on seeing one of Madrid’s famous squares, like the Plaza Mayor. The red-brick surrounding buildings boast over 200 balconies facing the square’s center. The Puerta del Sol is another one of Madrid’s most well-known squares, considered to be the center of the city and home to the famous bear statue.
Breathe in the green
Don’t miss out on a trip to Madrid’s most beloved park, the Parque de El Retiro. Wandering around the lake and visiting the Palacio de Cristal are must-do activities in the park.
Visiting Madrid’s newly renovated riverside is a great activity for the whole family, with walking and biking trails, play areas for kids and terraces to sit out on and enjoy a drink or meal.
A view of Madrid
Madrid has an interesting skyline, completely different than most cities. With just a smattering of tall buildings up north, most of Madrid’s charm from up above lies in delightful tiled rooftops and church domes. You can enjoy the views from some special rooftop bars like Círculo de Bellas Artes, which has some of the best in the city from all angles, or the Corte Inglés Gourmet Experience, which overlooks the energetic Gran Vía street. Or head to a park, like the Cerro del Tío Pío or the Parque Oeste for panoramic views of Madrid.
Círculo de Bellas Artes Calle de Alcalá, 42, Madrid, Spain, +34 913 60 54 00
El Corte Inglés, Plaza del Callao, 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain, +34 913 79 80 00
Take a walk
The streets of Madrid are decidedly picturesque, even when you aren’t stumbling upon a monument or famous building. Madrid’s happy vibe can be felt when walking the streets, not to mention the beautiful architecture you’ll spot just roaming around.
Eat to your heart’s content
Madrid is famous for its cuisine, so chow down on some delectable Iberian ham, Spanish cheeses and make sure to pair them with a glass of wine. Don’t forget to start your day off strong with churros – fried, sugary sticks that you’ll dip in steaming hot mugs of chocolate.