There are number of experiences in Madrid that are absolute must do. From the city’s rich artistic heritage through amazing gardens and sightseeing spots, to the hidden.
Top sightseeing spots
1. Plaza Mayor
One of the prettiest open spaces in Madrid, Central Square built during Philip III’s Reign, great for walk and sightseeing trip or to capture moments on the photographs.
2. Parque del Buen Retiro
Quiet and contemplative, one of the most beautiful gardens in Madrid, perfect for walkis and if you are looking for an escape from the busy spanish streets.
3. Palacio Real
One of the Spain’s most lavish palaces, used very occasionally for royal ceremonies, breathtaking architecture and luxurious ambience will put on knees even biggest history connoisseurs.
4. Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Home to one of the world’ most renowned artist - Pablo Picasso. You can find there his fine painting collections and admire the Madrid’s centre for contemporary art.
5. Museo del Prado
Spanish Art Museum, widely considered to have one of the finest collections of european art. An absolute must for art lovers, it will catch you by the heart with it’s collections and atmosphere.
Over years Madrid has become one of the world’s culinary revolutionists. Tradition, innovation and perfection are only few of the elements that add to the homemade Spanish cooking and generous hospitality.
Top Spots to eat out
1. Mercador de San Miguel
Truly amazing place to fully enjoy Madrid’s selection of gastronomical pleasures. Barrel vermouth on tap, full bodied roasted coffees. One in the kind cervejaria makes it one of the kind gathering spot for most demanding food addicts.
2. Bodega de los Secretos
Hidden away in a labyrinth of a wine cellars. Romantic and sensual decor give the feel of secrecy and privacy. Great selection of modern Spanish dishes.
Michelin starred minimalist and elegant restaurant with selection of tasting menu as well as a’la carte. Madrilenian and Catalan cuisine.
Officially the oldest restaurant in the world, opened in 1720 and renowned for the famous oven that makes it’s speciality the roast suckling pig and lamb.
There’s no better place to enjoy the sight of city dust settling over the sunset, than cosy and comfy rooftop bars. Madrid is full of unique and trendy bars - has some of the best spots for rooftop hopping in the world.
Top Spots to roof hopp
1. Tartán Roof
One of the most famous places to enjoy the stunning views of Madrid. Tartan restaurant led by infamous pop-up restaureur Javier Muñoz-Calero who opens the terrace to its guests, with a fair selection of delicious mediterranean options and amazing cocktails.
2. El Radio - Roof at ME Madrid
Probably the most dazzling rooftop in Madrid. Radio is very exclusive spot on the rooftop of ME Hotel. Breathtaking panorama of the city attracts many “radiooofers” who enjoy the perfect mix of starred sky, great music and delicious cocktails.
3. Gau & Cafe
Secret rooftop Cafe situated at the top of the ancient Escuelas Pias ruins. Affordable and unique menu and great cocktails attract many local entrepreneurs to host their creative meetings there.
4. The Hat Madrid
One of the hippiest trendy spots in town. Established in a hostel that brings the multicultural, affordable and special atmosphere. You can enjoy there your cocktails, cold beers and delicious selection of coffees
5. Mercado san Anton
Cute and comfortable rooftop terrace bar equipped with outdoor and indoor facility , as well as amazingly prepared local food. Cocktails and selection of local beers will most certainly makes it worthwhile.
Apart from these huge and luxurious malls, the multiple narrow streets are hiding the unique, little and independent boutique specialist stores some of which sell only one thing! You can get the unicates of cheese, olives or leather handmade goods sold with passion and love.
Top shopping spots
1. Shopping at Gran Via
True open air shopping experience with one of Madrid’s most famous street full of retail and designer outlets will fill the needs of even the most demanding connoisseurs.
2. Fancy shopping mile Calle de Serrano
Often called 5th Avenue of Madrid with delightful wide sidewalk, remodeled very recently, plenty of restaurants and high end brands have their shops there. Beautiful Belle Epoque buildings make the experience even more unique.
3. Calle Jorge Juan
A true heaven for hedonistic fashion and label lovers. Salamanca’s main fashion district, filled with restaurants, boutique stores and leisure venues. An absolute must for fashion and art addicts. It has it all wrapped up nicely.
You can easy move around by foot in centre of Madrid due to everything being in walking distance. If you however wish to explore areas further away for your convenience there are many ways to do so, Madrid offers great network of public transportation that includes:
Reasonably prices with minimum fair set at EUR 2.40, almost 16k cars available, all trusted and verified wearing emblem of the city with a red diagonal stripe.
UberX available throughout the city. Average fair from the airport to the city centre of Madrid is around EUR 30.
With over 300 stations connecting all parts of the city and majority of the suburbs, it’s one of the biggest metropolitan metro network in Europe.
4. LOCAL BUS
Efficient and cheap way of moving around, wide network of almost 2000 buses, affordable prices, frequent schedules with busses running every 4 - 15 minutes.
Certainly the most economical way of enjoying the city, multiple bike stations available for rental via app. Madrid has in total 1560 e-bikes and 120 docking stations.