The city of Madrid is not only one of Spain’s most well-known and historic but also ranks repeatedly as one of the travel-world’s top destinations and for good reason. From history to culture to food and more, there is no shortage of amazing things to see and do in this capital city. Come with Ultimate Excursions as we take a closer look at 4 of this remarkable city’s must-see destinations, experiences and attractions.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – http://www.museothyssen.org
Madrid is known for its art. From architecture to galleries to museums, there are dozens of must-see sites. For art lovers, there are very few museums which offer larger or more stunning collections then the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza of Madrid. Winner of awards for excellence from Trip Advisor and others, this top destination is a must-see for any art or history lover visiting the city of Madrid. Featuring art from the late 13th century to the late 20th century, the nearly 1,000 works range from Edvard Munch to Picasso and dozens more.
Paseo del Prado, 8
(+34) 902 76 05 11
Eat tapas in La Latina
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Madrid, it should come as no surprise that some of the best local food and drink can be found here as well. Tapas, a traditional staple in Spain include a wide variety of appetizers or snacks both hot and cold including olives and cheese or the ever popular chopitos. Located just down the street from the Plaza Mayor in central Madrid, La Latina is ideal for tapas and other famous dining experiences in the region as well.
Shopping in El Rastro
El Rastro is the most popular open-air flea market in all of Spain. Accessible by public transportation, this amazing event is held every Sunday and public holiday of the year and is a must-see experience for any visitor heading to Madrid. This massive market includes clothes, luggage, photos, records and so much more. Antiques are everywhere, a must-visit for any deal hunter. Note that pickpockets are also quite common here. Keep your valuables close.
El Rastro Market
Along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores
Palacio Real or the Royal Palace – http://www.patrimonionacional.es/
Easily one of the most popular attractions in the city, this historic structure has long been the location of Royals. The largest royal palace in Western Europe, it was built in the 1700’s after the original site known as Old Alcazar was destroyed by fire. Although the palace is still used for some official ceremonies, the majority of the time and most areas are open to the public throughout the year. This site is accessible for free with the purchase of the “Madrid Card”. Don’t miss the surrounding grounds as well.
Bailén Street, 6
Phone: +34 91 454 88 00, Fax: +34 91 542 69 47