What to see in Madrid? The best things you should visit

what to see in madrid

Have you ever thought about visiting the city of Madrid? Have you ever wondered what to see in Madrid?

Well, if you have the idea of visiting the city, and you don’t know very well which secrets are going to shelter its streets, you are in the right place so that you can know a little better what to do in Madrid.

There are a lot of places to visit in Madrid that will take your breath away and make you enjoy the city.

And below we will describe some tourist spots in Madrid, famous and less famous, that tourists should not miss. Keep on reading!

What to see in Madrid: More or less well-known sites that can’t be missed

Madrid is the capital of Spain and it has the largest number of museums and art galleries in the country.

All the gastronomy of Spain’s 17 regions comes together in Madrid. Madrid’s offer of restaurants of all types and for all tastes and budgets is unparalleled in Europe.

Travellers who stroll in the streets of Madrid soon realise that each neighbourhood have an own unique personality.  There are neighbourhoods with a picturesque bohemian atmosphere like Malasaña, multicultural like Lavapies, the Latina and its vibrant nightlife, Las Letras, competing with the Latina and Malasaña although surpassing them in art and cultural tradition, there is also charming Chamberí, Salamanca looks as elegant as always without forgetting Chamartín where thousands of travellers visit the Bernabeu Stadium, one of the best Madrid attractions of all time.

Although, most travellers stay in the heart of Madrid downtown, where the most popular hotels, flamenco tablaos and tapas bar are grouped.

All tourist books, without exception, write about the Paseo del Arte, a boulevard of leafy trees where the three most famous museums in Madrid are located: the Prado, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia Modern Art Centre.

What to see in Madrid of a cultural nature?

what to see in madrid

What to see in Madrid: Discover the Prado Museum

Inaugurated in 1819, it is the best museum in the world of the art of painting between 15th and 17th centuries.

Its collection includes approximately 28,000 works and several masterpieces of the art of painting, from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Among them, stand out impressive pictorial creations of two of the greatest geniuses of universal painting: Velázquez and Goya.

A personalised visit to the Prado will give you a perfect understanding of the evolution of paintings to the present days. Check our 10 private Prado Tours in Madrid in order you can enjoy an exciting artistic experience which will remain indelible in your memory.

Without a doubt, visiting this museum is one of the best things to do in Madrid.

What to see in Madrid: Discover contemporary art at the Thyssen Museum

The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid houses a comprehensive collection of awesome paintings gathered by the Thyssen Bornemisza family which was later acquired by Spain in 1993. Carmen Cervera, Baroness of Thyssen and currently President of the Thyssen Foundation, played a fundamental role in helping this fantastic collection to establish its main delegation in Madrid.

Madrid Museum’s Private Tour of the Permanent Collection of the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum focuses on 17th century Dutch painting, the 3 schools of German Expressionists and 20th century Great Painters are an ideal complement to our Private Tour of the Great Evolution at the Prado Museum.

What to see in Madrid: Visit the Reina Sofia Museum

This Modern Art Centre in Madrid, Spain, is a dynamic and vibrant pinacotheque that represents an excellent opportunity to ‘soak up’ the avant-garde of the 20th century art in all its manifestations, painting, sculpture, photography and cinema.

The 2 Private Tours of Madrid Museum Tours through Reina Sofia will reveal the most plausible interpretations of Picasso’s Guernica along with an entertaining itinerary through  jewels of Spanish expressionist, cubist, surrealist and abstract art of painting.

If you are an art lover, visit this museum, because is one of Madrid points of interest for every tourist that comes on a vacation holiday to this city.

What to see in Madrid: Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid

what to see in madridIt was mostly built in just 17 years. Its 2800 rooms make of it the largest of all European palaces in built surface. Inside, apart from the impressive religious and mythological frescoes of Giaquinto, Tiepolo and Mengs that adorn the vaults, it houses a spectacular display of the handicrafts of the Royal Factories promoted under the auspices of the first Bourbon king, Philip V.

Impressive candleholders and mirrors made in the Real Fábrica de Cristales de la Granja, indestructible rugs of thick Castilian wool from the Real Fábrica de Santa Bárbara, imaginative porcelain ornamentations from the Real Fábrica de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro, different pieces of royal cutlery manufactured in the Royal Factory of Platerías Martínez, Flemish tapestries from the XV and XVII centuries are the backdrop for the stories and adventures of all the Kings and one Queen who inhabited the Palace.

Only on the Private Tour of Madrid Museum Tours these histories recover its original breath.

Green, green Madrid

Madrid is also the capital of Europe with the largest number of public parks and green areas.

Most famous is the Retiro Park, which was in the past the private hunting reserve of the Austria Kings. Today, locals and tourists walk among 19000 trees, play with squirrels, feed the Lake voracious carpfishes or visit its 4 attractive exhibition halls.

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, opened in 1755, is a must for gardening lovers, who must also visit the Greenhouse of the ‘Palacio de Cristal’ by the Paseo de la Chopera with its 9000 species of tropical and aquatic plants. Very close by, there is the Matadero Cultural Centre, a red brick building from the early 20th century that has become an architectural model of world reference in the segment of art and creative cultural centres.    

Madrid and its Public Transport

People of Madrid are proud of the city subway and bus services. A fleet of 16,000 taxis is ready to take passengers to any of the 21 downtown’s districts. Even the narrow streets of Lavapies are accessible to tourists, thanks to Madrid’s network of electric minibuses preserving the environment and being as well a safe and comfortable way to explore genuine Madrid spots that no traveler should miss. Book a personalized ‘off the beaten path’ Madrid Tour with Madrid Museum Tours.

On the other hand, all travellers who definitely want to enjoy all not to be missed genuine spots of Madrid and who have enjoyed already the wonderful experience to be accompanied by a personal tour guide to get the best of their time, will have with our ‘sister company’ Madrid Tourist Guides 4 unbeatable private walking tours through incredible locations they would probably never discover by themselves.

What to see in Madrid: Two little known urban gems that the tourist must know.

Madrid offers too many things for travellers to enjoy.  It would be a pity that many details of great beauty and interest may go unnoticed. This is why Madrid Museum Tours offers many original private tours in order tourists do not miss any of those Madrid’s attractions that everyone should learn.

What to see in Madrid: Neighbourhood of Salamanca and surrounding areas

what to see in madridThe current Madrid City Council is a monumental eclectic architectural complex with plateresque and flamboyant ornaments. Here is the begining of our walk through old 1998 Madrid.

A short distance away, in Alcalá 54, we have the Casa Palazuelo with its impressive tower, in the shape of a truncated pyramid that crowns a structure of 4 floors, each with 2 spacious flats per floor. Very close by, is Marqués Villamejor Street, which has preserved in its numbers from 1 to 7 other modernist housing buildings by the same architect of the two previous buildings: Antonio Palacios Ramilo and his partner, Joaquín Otamendi .

The walk through the Salamanca neighborhood should not only consist in admiring its architecture but also in doing ‘window shopping’,  admiring the countless boutiques that intermingle with art galleries, bars and the vibrant Mercado de la Paz, where a tasty Spanish tortilla that travellers have to eat is  served. All in all, some curious anecdotes about the Life and Work of the Marquis of Salamanca together with other characters of the time form an essential element to understand the turbulent history of the Generation of’98.

What to see in Madrid: Neighbourhood of Chamartín and surrounding areas

Madrid began to grow northwards with Chamartín, in the mid-1960s.

Around a decade earlier, Real Madrid’s stadium had been built aside a vast wasteland. After the ’Abrazo de Madrid’ between Eisenhower and Franco, a thriving middle class emerged and erected exclusive apartments that marked Chamartín’s elitist character forever.

Today, Chamartín faces Madrid’s ‘Business Centre’ together with upper-middle class residences, a wide range of exquisite restaurants and, of course, the intense movement of tourists generated by  Real Madrid Soccer Stadium.

A short distance from this Football Field away is El Viso; a group of small houses of simple rationalist architecture destined to be occupied once by ‘blue collar workers’ and which, paradoxically, has become one of the highest per capita income within Madrid. In an exclusive private tour through this area of Madrid, not frequented at all by tourists, travellers will enjoy a detailed architectural explanation of some emblematic houses, including the stunning mansion of the distinguished intellectual Ramon Menendez Pidal, the facilities of the Canal de Isabel II Water Deposit with its Cultural Centre and placid adjacent park.

End of the Tour, a traditional tapas and wines in cosy bars, quite far away from the tourist centre of Madrid.


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