Known for its extensive culture, Madrid has a lot to offer, from well known attractions to city secrets, see my favourite spots in the capital.
1. Circulo de Bellas Artes
This non-profit cultural organisation along the Calle de Alcalá in the centre of the city is something not to miss. Housing several exhibition rooms, a cinema and concert halls to name a few, this building is a cultural hub and showcases both well-established and emerging artists. For only four euros you can gain access to all the exhibitions and take the lift up to the rooftop bar on the ninth floor where you can enjoy an incomparable view of the city.
2. Casa de Campo Park
Madrid’s largest park is a wonderful place to take your group. This old hunting estate covers more than 1,750 hectares of land, making it a wonderful place to explore. The site hosts a theme park, a zoo, a boating lake and the Madrid Arena where visitors can see a traditional bull fight. For a birds-eye view of the city, you can take the aerial cable car and see the city’s sites from a different perspective.
3. The Malasãna District
If you and your group want to have a more authentic experience of Madrid, exploring the Malasãna district will give you a true sense of the Madrilenian people. Host to a number of intimate restaurants and little boutique shops, you feel as though you have become a resident of the city in the blink of an eye. The streets are filled with natives giving you a real taste of Spanish life.
4. Retiro Park
Situated near the Puerta de Alcalá, this magnificent park is one of Madrid’s premier tourist attractions. With numerous fountains, sculptures, monuments and a peaceful lake, you soon forget that you are situated in the heart of the city. Every Sunday, from late May through to early October, the park plays host to a free concert at the bandstand filling it with the sound of beautiful music.
5. San Miguel Market
Among the many touristic sites of the city, the San Miguel Market is the perfect spot to see the culinary side of Spanish culture. From fresh fruit to paella, the market provides a wonderful array of traditional food and drink. For as little as five euros, you can savour a range of tapas and get a real sense of Spanish food, in a place that tantalises all of the senses.
But let’s be honest, all football fans and girlfriends alike are wondering if the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is worth the effort… It definitely is.