New and unique experiences, smiles and surprises are awaiting you in Madrid. There is something everywhere and for everyone, no matter whether you are travelling on your own or with friends, with your partner or your family. There is an exciting plan for every visitor! An afternoon at the planetarium, shopping in Fuencarral or Preciados Streets, a fried squid sandwich in Plaza Mayor, hot chocolate with porras or churros (fried dough) in San Ginés, El Rastro, vermouth in La Latina, the Literary Quarter… Who can resist the temptations in Madrid?
Experiences in central Madrid: What to do
- A look at El Rastro: There is a Sunday market you cannot avoid in Madrid: El Rastro, along the main streets and squares in La Latina. A unique, lively atmosphere where you can have a friendly chat, a few tapas and all kinds of bargains: handcrafts, antiques, souvenirs, toys, clothes, collectables and vintage curiosities…
- A night at the opera or the theatre: Madrid has an interesting nightlife, with lots of things to do. Check the calendars of the various theatres and the opera house in the city and choose the show you like best: flamenco, Spanish classics, the greatest operas, circus, international artists… Anything you want.
- Live music in Malasaña: Some of the most animated concert venues for alternative music in Madrid are to be found near Tribunal and the Malasaña district. The nightclubs here are a must if you are a lover of good music and indie pop/rock. An area in the city for naughty boys and girls to keep abreast of the latest trends and stay awake till the wee hours.
- Vermouth on Cava Alta and Cava Baja Streets: The aperitif is a long-standing tradition among Madrileños – a sort of ritual about which everyone knows when it begins but not when it ends. About 1pm, Cava Alta and Cava Baja Streets in La Latina welcome the crowds to get them ready for lunch with a glass of beer or wine and a few tapas or raciones (full-size portions) of everything from a hearty stew to the legendary ‘huevos rotos’ (fried eggs and potatoes) of Casa Lucio.
- Shopping spree along Preciados and Fuencarral Streets: Around Gran Vía, Callao or Plaza Mayor, you can find the liveliest shopping streets in central Madrid. They are lined with stores from the most popular fashion brands, interspersed with small boutiques and curiosity shops, where you will surely find your little something to bring back home.
- Bike tour to Casa de Campo: Having gone through thorough renovation, Casa de Campo has become a must for outdoor activities in Madrid. You can hire a bike and reach this recreational area from central Madrid on a cycling tour – now in vogue in the city. It is the ideal plan for groups of friends, couples or families with kids.
- A tour of Santiago Bernabéu stadium…: and Madrid’s sports village. For football enthusiasts or for visitors who want to get to the core of the Spanish capital, the stadium of Real Madrid CF is a must. You can buy the tickets online. Just picture yourself stepping on the turf of the glorious stadium!
- Watching a musical in Gran Vía: Big shows and musicals are one of Madrid’s attractions. There are as many shows on at the same time as you can see nowhere else on Earth, with local, national and international productions from all five continents. The Lion King, Cats, Disney On Ice and other Christmas specials… All sorts of visual treats, for all kinds of audiences.