Madrid is a modern capital city that dances to its own rhythm, often until the sun comes up. If you’re looking for people-watching opportunities, find them at one of many scenic pavement cafes. Along the Paseo del Arte, discover more collections of fine and modern art than you can squeeze into one visit. Wander stylish shopping streets, and visit the home ground of one of Europe’s most famous football teams.
The Spanish capital offers something to please just about everyone. Shoppers, sightseers, footy fans and art lovers will be in their element here. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to do in Madrid to help you put together an itinerary to suit you.
Best time to visit: Madrid’s gardens and green spaces tend to be at their prettiest in spring.
Fly to: Madrid-Barajas airport, around 15km northeast of central Madrid.
Alternative transport: Madrid is well connected by rail, to France. From the UK, France is easily accessible by Eurostar. Madrid is also accessible from the whole of Spain and Europe by coach.