The capital and most populous city of Spain and the second-largest city in the European Union, surpassed only by Berlin.Madrid is a cultural hub with world-class museums, historic monuments, and vibrant nightlife.The city was founded by the Moors in the 9th century and became the seat of the Spanish monarchy in the 16th century, when Philip II moved his court here.
Visiting Madrid on a weekend of 2 or 3 days is ideal. The Spanish capital is very well served by low-cost flights, it is sunny all year round or almost, and your wallet will not suffer too much. For the first time in Madrid, a long weekend is the perfect time to discover the must-see tourist sites.
To help you organize your stay, we have gathered for you the best things to do in Madrid for a weekend or a longer stay.
Best spots to Discover in Madrid
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is a beautiful and very important site in Madrid. It is the largest royal palace in Western Europe. Unless there is an official event in the square, the Royal Palace is open to the public to discover it during a guided tour. Don’t forget to stop by its beautiful gardens while you’re there. The Palace is located in Piazza della Orient, where the Teatro Real is also located.
The PRADO MUSEUM
The Prado Museum is one of the most important museums in the world and undoubtedly the pride of Madrid. It was inaugurated in 1819 and has more than 9,000 works of art. In this museum you will find the world’s largest collection of Spanish paintings. If you are interested in art, it is absolutely to see by opting for a guided tour for example. If you have time, don’t forget to visit the nearby Thyssen Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the archaeological museums as well.
If you are more of a Real Madrid person, you would do well to head to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium which is another attraction worth visiting. You may also be able to observe the best players in the world feeling the ball before your amazed eyes. For an immersive experience alongside motivated fans, join the Colchoneros at the Stade de La Peineta (Wanda Metropolitano), Atlético Madrid’s new stadium since 2017. Both teams compete in the European Championships every year.
After Puerta del Sol, walk to Plaza Mayor which is a wonderful historical site to see. In the center of the square stands the statue of Philip III on horseback. Traffic on the square is entirely pedestrian. It is surrounded by arches and buildings with remarkable architecture.
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