What to visit in Madrid?

During your first days in Madrid, you will be able to organize yourself and visit everything that is essential to see in Madrid. This way you, will know from the beginning the most important and well-known points of Madrid.

Gran Vía

The most famous street in Madrid, thanks to its buildings from the early 20th century. It is also famous for its theaters, where plays and musicals are always performed; and for its shops, you can see stores with both national and international brands and you can take a detour through Fuencarral street, another of the most commercial areas of Madrid where you can continue seeing stores and brands.

Plaza Mayor

Visiting this area of ​​Madrid is essential and within it try the typical squid sandwich, in one of its terraces. This square is surrounded by buildings and outstanding places, and you will be able to see the Statue of Felipe III or the Casa de la Panadería, the most important building in this square. If you arrive in Madrid at Christmas, take the opportunity to see the Christmas market, which is set up in this area.


Some of the works that you can see in the Museo del Prado are The Three Graces by Rubens, Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch.

The Museo Reina Sofía is the most visited museum in Madrid and houses among its works some of Dalí, Miró and Picasso. You can not miss it.

At the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, you can see works by Picasso, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt among others. It is perfect to close the top 3 most famous museums you can visit in Madrid.

El Retiro

This park is perfect for walking or cycling, having a picnic, playing sports, or simply enjoying nature. Above all, when the weather is good, it will probably become one of your favorite spaces in Madrid. Nearby, going down Alcalá street, you can go to see the mythical Cibeles Fountain, the most emblematic one in Madrid.

Palacio Real

It is the largest palace in Western Europe and serves almost exclusively for tourist visits. It is worth going inside to see the halls and rooms.

Puerta del Sol

It is considered the center of Madrid and one of the most famous squares in Spain. You will be able to see the most common elements such as the Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, the Clock of the Casa de Correos, where the end of the year is celebrated and kilometer 0, the point from which the kilometers of roads begin to be counted from the country.


The viewpoints are the perfect place to have a drink while enjoying the panoramic views of the city and they are also ideal for taking photos. Some of the best-known viewpoints in Madrid are the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Hotel Riu in Plaza España, or the Corte Inglés viewpoint in Callao.

Templo de Debod

This place exudes tranquility, is perfect for watching the sunset and enjoying moments of relaxation. It is a place that you cannot miss, since once you go you will fall in love with it and you will return without a doubt.

Jardín Botánico

On the other hand, if you want to enjoy nature without going too far, you can visit the Botanical Garden. With samples of up to 5,000 species, it is ideal for a walk and it has an exhibition hall and a cafeteria. It also offers guided tours to learn all about the exotic plants that are displayed there. It is perfect if you already know everything typical of Madrid and want something different and unique.

Other activities

If you have already visited everything in the capital and you want to do something different, have fun and meet people, we suggest several activities that you can do during the first days:

Escape Room: It consists of a live escape game where a group of players is locked up and they must solve physical and mental games to get out. This new initiative has become very popular in Madrid, in fact, there are currently 98 companies dedicated to it and 217 games in the capital. It is an entertaining activity and the best place to meet people, since once you are there you will have to form a group with the rest of the people to solve the games. In the websiteyou will be able to find the perfect escape room for you and select the theme, difficulty and even the type of audience each game is intended for, so you can play with people of your age.

Adventure parks: Another original option is to go to an adventure park. There are several in the Sierra de Madrid and, if you get bored or feel overwhelmed in the city, you will really enjoy this plan. You will be able to feel in connection with the countryside, slide down zip lines, make different circuits between trees with nets, bridges and lianas, or take advantage of the reservoir to do canoe activities.

Soccer: In Spain, football is the most famous sport and, specifically in Madrid, we have two of the best first division teams: Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. If you are a football fan, take advantage of how close you are to the stadiums and buy tickets for one of their matches. You will be able to meet many more people who share this hobby with you and you will certainly enjoy the lively atmosphere and have a great time. Even if you are not a football fan you should not miss this opportunity, it will be great for you to feel immersed in the culture of Spain as a local from Madrid.

Theme parks: If you like adrenaline and fun, you definitely have to go to one of the theme parks in the community of Madrid. The most important ones are Parque Warner and Parque de Atracciones. They are ideal places to visit as a family, but also to go with friends or with people you have just met and with whom you will be able to connect much more by sharing laughter and extreme moments in the attractions.

In addition to all these plans, you can also explore the less typical streets of Madrid, look for different restaurants, bars and nightclubs and try them out, meeting different people and deciding your new favorite plans. Once you have known the tourist and unmissable part of Madrid, the options are still endless: Madrid never gets boring.