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Madrid, Spain Highlights


Madrid, Spain Highlights

story by: Inspire Spain, Portugal, Greece & Turkey

There is so much to see and do in Spain and the capital city of Madrid that you could become overwhelmed with choice. To help narrow down your options if you only have a limited time available, at House of Travel we have put together some of our favourite attractions or visitor spots so you don't miss out on anything!

  • Prado Museum – For art lovers. Home to some of Spain’s most famous artists like Goya, Dali and Gaudi as well as some of the world’s best like Picasso.
  • The Royal Palace – The Royal Family spend very little time there so it’s almost always open for you to wander through many of the rooms and banqueting halls which are extremely lavish.
  • Retiro Park – Used to be the Royal Gardens and definitely worth wandering through or stopping for a picnic. There are many street musicians and performers, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers and jugglers to entertain you.
  • Plaza Mayor – It’s a wonderful big square which looks its best at night. It is full of cafés; sit and watch the world pass you by.
  • Shopping – Try Gran Via and Calle de Serrano for some great shopping. El Corte Inglese is the department store chain throughout Spain, they sell everything and the best sale time is May – July. Or stroll down Calle de Serrano for some excellent shoe shopping.
  • Paseo de Recoletos & Atocha – Take a stroll down the Paseo de Recoletos to the Atocha train station and see some wonderful fountains, cafés and sculptors.
  • The Rastro flea market – It’s a popular visit on a Sunday morning. It is also open on Saturday, which is generally quieter, and you never know what you are going to find. Just keep an eye out for pickpockets.
  • Flamenco – For a truly memorable experience book the dinner and show at Las Carboneras. The dancers are passionate and you can’t help but be swept up in their emotional performance.
  • Plaza Santa Ana – A great place to start the night out in Madrid. The bars and clubs in and around the Plaza are popular with tourists and locals alike and really starts to warm up around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays

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