+

What is the best area to stay in Madrid?

If you want to be right in the heart of the action stay along the Gran Via, Madrid’s main promenade is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. Just a short distance away is the the Plaza Mayor, another popular area in central Madrid but not as busy as the Gran Via. Puerta del Sol is home to Madrid’s buzzing nightlife, this area is easy to access from all areas of the city by three metro lines.

To the west of the city centre is the Opera area,  home to the grand opera house Teatro Real, the impressive Royal Palace and other beautiful historical buildings.

To the east are the areas of Retiro and Prado, Madrid’s most famous museum district, home to the Prado and Reina Sofia museums. Wander down tree-lined avenues, be amazed by street entertainers and sit in the pavement cafes, a more relaxed and bohemian vibe.

North of Madrid is Salamanca and Serrano, great places to do some shopping in upmarket designer boutiques and a convenient location to stay if you are planning to visit the legendary Bernabeu football stadium.

 

+

Is there a hop on hop off bus in Madrid?

Run by City Tour Madrid, there red hop-on hop-off open top buses allow you to travel across the city on one ticket. An adult ticket costs approximately 20 euros and with 52 stops dotted around Madrid it is easy to visit all the city has to offer without walking miles.

+

Where should I go shopping in Madrid?

Madrid has a mix of large shopping centres, designer boutiques and family-run local businesses.

The main shopping centres are the ABC Serrano Centre, the Moda Shopping Mall and the Principe Pio shopping centre.

The central area around the Gran Via is home to department stores and well known international brands and for the upmarket shopper head to the designer shops  in  the Salamanca district.

Smaller, local boutiques are great for picking up bargains, visit the areas of Chueca and Malasana just a short way from the Gran Via.

+

What are the best museums in Madrid?

Most of the best and significant of Madrid’s museums are all situated on the same avenue. The world-famous Prado art gallery houses paintings, sculptures and other artefacts by artists such as Rubens, Raphael and Goya.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is home to the works of Picasso (including Guernica), Dali and Miro. Split into two areas, the first showcases the works of Spanish artists from the 1800s to the Second World War whilst the second area is dedicated to recent art trends.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a private art collection spanning centuries of masterpieces, some of the highlights are Van Eyck’s ‘Diptych of the Annunciation’, Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII and other works by Cezanne and Van Gogh.

You can buy a single ticket ‘Abono Paseo del Arte’ which allows you entrance to all three of these museums once at any time of the year.

+

What are the best sights in Madrid?

Madrid is rich in culture and history and there are so many attractions that are worth a visit. Here are just a few of the top places to add to your list; the world-famous Prado museum home to many famous works of art, Real Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu a must for all football fans and the stunning Royal Palace. For more information on these and other sights see the Things to do section.