Things to do in Madrid

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Madrid by Day – art, shopping, football and lunch!

By population Europe’s fourth largest city, Spain’s capital is a remarkably easy place to get around, with an underground system to envy and a ready supply of taxis that can be haled easily in the street. Things to do in Madrid is easy.  The city is one of Europe’s top centres for shopping, packed with lively lunch spots and a plethora of cultural sites, not to mention Real Madrid.  Most visitors are surprised by how scenic and elegant a city Madrid is, especially under one of those awesome blue skies that made the city a mecca for great painters like Goya and Velazquez.

For shopping, you’ll find the best high street stores on Gran Via and near Puerta del Sol, with more exclusive ultra-trendy boutiques on Calle Fuencarral and Calle Serrano. More traditional goods and crafts can be found in the smaller shops near the Plaza Mayor. Some of the world’s greatest art treasures are on display in Madrid. You’ll find the best of them in Madrid’s three word-class museums, the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofia.

A diet of Madrid Football – Real and Atletico

Football fans will not want to miss out on a tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium and the fascinating Real Madrid Museum – a fundamental part of Europe’s sporting heritage. And with Atletico Madrid riding high in the Spanish Liga first division, you may also want to get tickets and visit the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Try the Madrid Long Lunch

And do not deny yourself the pleasure of one of Madrid’s finest institutions: the 3-hour lunch! This usually involves an aperitif around 13:45, then at least three courses, copious red wine to wash down delicious cuts of meat, delicious fresh salads and cheeses, and usually a digestivo or local liqueur to send you delirious to your siesta! Lunch lovers will also be delighted to find out that Madrid, although landlocked, is acknowledged in Spain as one of the best places to eat fresh fish and seafood, entirely due to the massive demand!  ¡Buen provecho!

Walk around Madrid

Top Tip: Walk about! Like all great cities, Madrid is best discovered on foot. Start off at Puerta del Sol, and make sure you see Plaza Mayor, the Palacio Real, La Latina, Paseo del Prado and Chueca. If you do need transport, cabs are frequent and reasonable, or use the excellent modern Metro system which is safe, quick and clean.

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