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Best places to visit in Madrid!


Hola y Bienvenidos readers!

So if you follow me on social media you must already know about my love for Spain and Spaniards, but in case you don't. Spain has always had a special place in my heart, be it the food, the people, the language, the culture, the sports or just everything in general. I connect with the country and the language on a very personal level.

A few years ago I visited Barcelona and 4 Canary Islands in Spain but this time I finally got the chance to do a solo trip to Madrid. In this blog, I am going to share what are the most important places you can visit while you are in the city. This trip was very special as it was educational+travel period for me and the fact that I lived with a Spanish host family for almost 40 days, was a cherry on the cake as I got to experience the actual lifestyle of Spaniards. Also, it is one of the cleanest cities I've visited in a very long time. One can walk on foot for as long as possible, the public transport is the easiest for any foreigner or even first time visit in the city. The top art museums, and architectural wonders while having a cafe con Leche at a sidewalk cafe or a night out at the tapas bars is too stunning to miss. There’s so much of Madrid to explore that I have put together this list of the best places you could visit!

1) Parque del Retiro - Retiro Park

This is the very first place that anyone who has arrived in the city would visit. One of the largest parks in the city, it is the most peaceful place to have a picnic, run, walk, take a stroll with your pets, cycle, or do whatever one could think of. Not to mention it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. The park is famous for the rowboats that visitors can rent by the hour.

Glass Palace

It is also home to Madrid's Palacio de Cristal (Glass Palace), a gorgeous conservatory built in 1887 by architect Ricardo Velásquez Bosco for the Exposition of the Philippines.

Opening timings: 6 AM until 10 PM or midnight.

How to get there: take the metro to the ‘Retiro’ station and walk from there.

2) Museo Nacional del Prado

If you are a lover of art and paintings, this is one museum which you simply cannot miss. One of the most famous museums in Madrid with a collection ranging from the 12th century until the 20th century. Francisco Goya is the most extensively represented artist, however, the museum's collection also includes works by Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez, to name a few.


From Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm

Sundays and Public holidays: 10 am – 7 pm


Adults: € 15.00

Free access: Last 2 hours before closing.

Adult entrance + guide of the Prado Museum: € 24 (US$ 24.30)

Under 18s and students under 25: Free

3) Real Jardín Botánico

Now I had the most fantastic time here and all by myself for hours and hours as I love flowers and nature and this garden has around 90,000 plants and flowers and 1,500 trees. I was in love with this place situated just next to the Prado museum. Also, the kind of knowledge you get about the trees and plants is completely unimaginable. There are many types of bonsais, olive trees and plants, and 5 major greenhouses. It is just mesmerising.


November – February: 10 am to 6 pm.

May-August: 10 am to 9 pm.

March and October: 10 am to 7 pm.

April and September: 10 am to 8 pm.


Adults: € 6 (US$ 6)

Students from 18 to 25: € 4 (US$ 4)

Children under 18 years old: free entrance

4) Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor (main square) is the most famous square in all of Madrid, used as a meeting point for locals. Enjoy a drink on the terrace in the sun, and get some beautiful photos. There are many restaurants to choose from in this city square.

5) Puerta del Sol - Heart of the city

El Oso y el Madroño.

The Puerta del Sol houses well-known symbols of Madrid. El Oso y el Madroño (Statue of the Bear and Strawberry Tree), which is at the entrance of Calle Alcalá is a sculpture of a bear and strawberry tree, representing the coat of arms of Madrid. It was built in 1967 and is a popular meeting point for locals and tourists in Sol.

Also, Kilometre Zero (KM 0) is located on the pavement in front of the Real Casa de Correos. It marks the point from which the distances in Madrid are measured (Interesting, isn't it!)

6) Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

This museum is one of my favourites as it possesses an excellent and extensive collection of two of the country's greatest 20th-century artists and also my favourites, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. It is one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art. Alongside its permanent collection, the museum also hosts national and international temporary exhibitions in its galleries, hence, it is definitely a must-visit place.


Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM.

Sunday 10 AM - 2.30 PM. Closed on Tuesdays.


The entry fee is 12 EUR in person at the ticket office or online.

Free access:

In the evenings, 7 PM – 9 PM or on Sundays 12.30 PM – 2.30 PM.

8) Templo de Debod

This ancient Egyptian temple is from the second century B.C. and was donated to Spain by the Egyptian state for helping save the Abu Simbel temple, as well as other monuments and archaeological sites, from being buried under the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The best time to visit Debod Temple is just before the sun sets, ensuring a breathtaking view of the Temple.


Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays: 10 am - 8 pm.

Monday: closed.


Free entry

9) Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Well, hello Real Madrid fans! This stadium needs no introduction and if you are in Madrid plus a football fan and you do not visit the stadium, uh uh not done!!!! It is a must. Unfortunately, the stadium is under construction now, so I did not get to see every corner of it. Though just slide through the gallery below for all the pictures!


Monday to Saturday between 10 AM and 7 PM.

Sundays and public holidays between 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

(Subject to change on game days).


Adults: € 22 (US$ 22). Children 5-14: € 17 (US$ 17). Children under 5: Free

Bernabéu Stadium Tour € 15 (US$ 15) (Online)

10) Museo Sorolla

Again one of my favourites! This museum is one of the best-preserved house museums in all of Europe. Dedicated to Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla, the museum is set within the house where the artist lived and worked in the Chamberi neighbourhood. A tour of the museum will take you to uncover rococo mirrors, Spanish ceramics, alluring sculptures, jewellery, a 19th-century day bed, and other relics that once belonged to the artist. There’s also a selection of more than 1200 paintings and drawings by Sorolla.

(Slide below for photo gallery)


Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30 am - 8 pm

Sundays and public holidays: 10 am - 3 pm

Monday: closed.


General Admission: € 3.00

Children under 18, students under 25 and seniors: Free

Free access: Saturdays from 2 pm and Sundays

11) Museo Cerralbo

Well, if you are into royal interiors or architecture (like me), this is the best place for you! It houses the art and historical object collections of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, Marquis of Cerralbo, who died in 1922. More than 24,900 pieces are on display as also items from the personal collections of the Marquis of Cerralbo and the Marquise of Villa-Huerta. A must-visit if you are in Madrid and you have a liking for exquisite baroque furniture and chandeliers.


Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am to 3 pm

Thursdays 5 pm to 8 pm

Sundays and holidays 10 am to 3 pm

Monday: closed


Tickets: General admission 3€

Free Access: Saturdays from 2 pm | Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm | Every Sunday

12) Teleferico de Madrid

Some of my Schoolmates at AIL Madrid

Well, I am sure most of you would have experienced sitting in a cable car at least once in your life. If you are in Madrid and you have yet to experience then this is the perfect thing to do! This cable car runs between Parque Oeste, in central Madrid, and Casa de Campo, the capital’s largest park. The whole distance is 2.5 kilometres, taking eleven minutes to get from one station to the other.


One-way journey: Adults: € 4.50 (US$ 4.50) Return journey: Adults: € 6 (US$ 6)

Children under 4: free

13) Mercado de San Miguel

The market of San Miguel is the only market in Madrid with an iron framework. It is one of Madrid’s oldest and most beautiful markets and is a must-visit for any food lover. If you are a drinks and seafood or meat lover, then this is the place for you! Also, you can find 'n' a number of options on the table for desserts and do not forget the Jamon Iberico!

Opening Times:

Sunday to Thursday 10 AM to midnight. Friday and Saturday 10 AM – 1 AM.

14) Barrio de las Letras

The literary neighbourhood of Barrio de Las Letras is a place famous for novels and writers, full of charming bookstores, with a distinctly bohemian feel. You’ll find famous quotes and phrases written by some very famous authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, etc on the streets as you walk. As well as the Plaza de Santa Ana and nearby the Calle de las Huertas, full of fun bars at its centre.

15) Don Juego

This is a place perfect for Board games and indoor game lovers! They have an exquisite collection of puzzles, board games, artistic games, card games, General knowledge games, family games, etc.

Image Credit: Google


Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 9 PM

Sunday: 11 AM to 3 PM

16) Palacio real de Madrid

Image Credit: Google

The Royal Palace of Madrid, otherwise known as the “Palacio de Oriente” because of its proximity to Plaza de Oriente, is the Spanish Royal Family’s official residence. Nowadays, the Palace is used exclusively for receptions, state ceremonies and official acts since the King of Spain currently lives in the Palacio de la Zarzuela. The Palace is surrounded by the Campo del Moro Park and the Sabatini gardens.


From October until March:

Every day: from 10 am until 6 pm.

From April until October:

Every day: from 10 am until 8 pm.


Adults: € 11 (US$ 11). (Guided tour: € 14 (US$ 14)) Students, European Youth Card, seniors (over 65) and youngsters (less than 16): € 6 (US$ 6)

Madrid Palace Guided Tour € 27.50 (US$ 27.50)

17) El Rastro

This lively open-air market is over 400 years old with stands that sell everyday objects as well as unique and curious items. The name of the flea market “El Rastro” meaning “the trail” comes from the tanneries that used to exist in the area. When the animals were transported from the slaughterhouses to the tanneries, they would leave a trail of blood and hence the name of "El Rastro". Spend your few hours of Sunday here gathering antiques, old books, comics, records, vintage clothing, furniture, plants, and so much more!


Sundays & Public holidays 9 AM to 3 PM

18) Estacion de Atocha

Madrid’s Atocha train station is much more than a gateway to the rest of Spain and Europe. It is the largest of all the 3 railway stations in the city. The others are Nuevos Ministerios and Chamartin. From here trains arrive and leave for other cities, such as Toledo, Malaga, Salamanca, etc. The former platforms of this station are converted into beautiful tropical gardens.

Now that is all for this time. Thank you for viewing my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading it and that it will be helpful to you when you visit the city someday. I shall see you in my next blog! Until then, Hasta pronto folks!


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Thank u ❤️


Sep 26, 2022

I also visted to Madrid back in 2018 and i have to say that you have articulated it so well that i can really relate to it what you have written.Excellent keep up the good work 👏👍✨


Krishna Pai
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Sep 26, 2022

Spain is indeed beautiful, Thank you for the insights.


Ashish Mandavkar
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Sep 25, 2022

Nice information Urvashi... Really Helpful for people who wants to explore Spain in short period of time


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