20 Places to Visit in Madrid, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Madrid Places To Visit

Plaza Mayor, The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena,, Plaza de Cibeles, Royal Palace of Madrid, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Temple of Debod, Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida and many more.

The places to visit in Madrid are buzzing and bustling with activity. This modern metropolis has the most beautiful parks that break the urban sprawl. The Buen Retiro Park for instance, lets you spend some time in quiet and peace. While the iconic Puerta de Alcalá is a citadel in Madrid, known for its glorious gate and totally deserves a visit. An absolute favorite with the Madrileños is the magical monument of Palacio de Cristal that is made out of metal and glass, and has a mystical charm about it.

There are artistic Madrid places to visit like the National Reina Sofía Museum that houses Guernica, one of Picasso’s finest masterpieces. Then, there is the Círculo de Bellas Artes known for opening innovating talent for the fields of performing arts, visual and fine arts.

The busiest Plaza de España square and the fascinating Madrid Zoo Aquarium, housing over 3000 species of animals are some of the must-visit places in Madrid Spain. Thus, come to the capital city of Spain and make every moment a magical one with your dream European holiday here.

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Madrid’s life force flows through the Plaza Mayor square that is not just the popular town squares but also one of the most picturesque places to visit in Madrid. When you stand here in the middle, it feels like you are stuck in a box as the surrounding buildings in red, guard the square on all sides, and are uniform in looks and height.

Throughout the square’s history, it has stayed to be a significant place for executions, royal coronations, bull fights, and is still a crucial site for public celebration and ceremonies.

Location: Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain, 28012

Timing: 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
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Built during the 16th century, the site of El Escorial or the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial was built after The French were vanquished in the Saint Quentin battle. This is one of the UNESCO world heritage places to visit in Madrid that King Felipe II commissioned as a pious testament to Spain’s Catholic faith.

This significant monument of Spanish Renaissance is world-renowned for its elegant basilica; Pantheon de los Reyes, the marble where many Kings and their kith and kin were buried.

Location: Av Juan de Borbón y Battemberg, s/n, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid, Spain

Timing: 10:00 pm - 06:00 pm (Tuesday-Sunday)

Entry Fee: €6
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Built in Virgin of Almudena’s honor, the Catedral de Sta Maria la Real de la Almudena is one of the biggest cathedrals and majestic places to visit in Madrid. The royals tie the knot in this neo-gothic, 19th century church.

This church is comparatively a lot more modern than all the churches of Spain, all thanks to its resplendent stained-glass windows. Spanish families own the chapels inside and the crypt below the cathedral is something you cannot miss. King Alphonso XII, and his better-half Maria Mercedes de Orleans Borbon, are buried beneath the statue of the Virgin here.

Location: Calle de Bailén, 10, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Timing: 09:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Entry Fee: €6
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One of the most remarkably historical places to visit in Madrid is the Plaza de Cibeles that is heritage architecture. This site offers scenic views of the famous Cibeles fountain and the 4 separate buildings. This Plaza’s design and layout is based on the classic architecture of Rome.

The Cibeles fountain- Rome’s Goddess of fertility, is an illustration of the Goddess on her chariot pulled by two lions. You will find the Cibeles Palace here that is hands-down the Plaza’s prettiest building and looks like a cathedral in its design. This site is ideal for a leisurely stroll, thus countless soccer fans flock here as the famous football club, Real Madrid has adopted it.

Location: 28014 Madrid, Spain, 28014
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This rococo wonder of two thousand rooms, of which only fifty are open for public viewing, is indubitably one of the prettiest places to visit in Madrid. It was built in the eighteenth century and is customized loosely after Versailles. The Royal family does not reside here anymore but they still use it for imperial formalities.

Royal Palace of Madrid’s complex is spread over 13 hectares and is lavishly decorated. A golden rope wards off the areas that are not permissible for entry. Highlights of the palace include: Neoclassical Sabatini Gardens with statuary and mazes, The Throne Room, China Room, the romantic Campo del Moro Gardens and Baroque Plaza de Oriente.

Location: Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain

Timing:
October to March: 10:00 – 18:00
April to September: 10:00 – 20:00

Entry Fee: €5 - €6
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Museo Nacional Del Prado, which translates to the Museum of Meadow, is one of the renowned places to visit in Madrid. It is also one of the largest museums, that has a collection of more than 20,000 beautiful works dating back from antiquity to the nineteenth century. Without a doubt, it is Madrid’s top cultural site with the most stunning galleries.

You will be amazed by the jaw-dropping works of masters like Rubens, Goya, and other Flemish and Italian artists. This museum is an awe-inspiring neoclassical building that has about 1300 pieces of art on display. Legend has it that Spain’s queen was moved by the Louvre museum and thus wanted something similar in her own country hence the Museo Nacional Del Prado was erected.

Location: Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Timing: 10:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Entry Fee: €15
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One of the ancient places to visit in Madrid that was moved from Aswan and was rebuilt in Madrid is the Egyptian Temple of Debod. A thing that makes this temple unique is the incredible views that you get to feast your eyes upon.

This temple is Madrid’s treasure and features the most stunning architecture dating back to the 2nd century BC. When you climb a few steps to the temple, the loveliest views of the city welcome you.

Location: Calle de Ferraz, 128008

Timing: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
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One of the sensational places to visit in Madrid has to be the Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida. This neoclassical chapel designed by Francisco Goya is also his burial place and is world-famous for its dome frescoes and ceiling.

In 1905 this structure was declared as Madrid’s national monument and in 1919, headless remains of Goya were transferred to the chapel from Bordeaux. When in 1928 an identical chapel was erected beside the original, Goya’s headless remains were moved again. On June 13 every year, this chapel becomes a lively pilgrimage site where young unwedded come to offer prayers to Saint Anthony for partners.

Location: Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, 5, 28008

Timing:
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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If you are an art aficionado who desires to see the best of the twentieth century art then one of the Madrid Spain places to see is the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. Here you come face to face with the works of Roy Lichenstein, Eduardo Chillada, Joan Miro and Juan Gris.

The collection puts focus on the art that continued after Picasso’s birth in 1881. Books by authors Lopez Mezquita, Maria Blanchard, July Antonio and Ramon Casas scratch the surface of colossal collection at this Museum.

Location: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain, 28012

Timing: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m (Monday- Saturday, Tuesdays closed), Sunday (10:00 AM- 14:30 PM)

Entry Fee: 10 € (box office)
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Opened in the sixteenth century, the Teatro Espanol is one of the finest Madrid Spain places to see. This theater dates its roots to being an open theater during the medieval times and was popular for hosting several literature plays.

However, the present building is a neoclassical architecture built during the 19th century and overlooks the charming Plaza de Santa Ana. Visitors still frequent the place to enjoy the classical plays here and still cherish the essence of the old stories.

Location: Plaza de Isabel II, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Timing:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am to 2:00pm & 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Entry Fee: 45 €
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One of the most important European cultural centers and aesthetic places in Madrid Spain has to be the Círculo de Bellas Artes. Born in the year 1880 this Fine Arts Circle is the best home of European culture courtesy its prolific timetable full of cinema projections, music concerts, theater plays, congresses, conferences and  exhibitions.

You can come here to enjoy breathtaking views of the North Mountains’ and Madrid’s old town, from the building’s rooftop.

Location: Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Timing: 12 PM – 12: 30 AM (Monday-Thursday), 12 PM- 2: 30 PM (Friday- Saturday)

Entry Fee:
Rooftop (Adults): € 4 
Youth Card: € 3 
Exposition Halls + Rooftop (Adults): € 5 
Youth Card: € 4 
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Located in the Centro district of Madrid’s downtown, Barrio de La Latina is a historic neighborhood that is one of the illustrious places in Madrid Spain. La latina occupied Madrid’s oldest area, the Islamic fortification inside the walls of the city, with large squares and narrow streets.

This diverse neighborhood with a lively personality has the most incredible cantinas and tapas bars where you can sip on a caña while discovering the unique galleries, shops, hidden gems and venues.

Location: Centro district of downtown Madrid, Spain
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One of the liveliest Madrid places to visit is the Buen Retiro Park that feels like a green oasis covering more than 125 hectares and growing over 15000 trees. It is the city’s green lungs where the majority of Madrileños come for a stroll, to play a sport, take the kids to a puppet show and visit exhibitions.

The park houses an artificial lake where you row a boat and view the interesting fountains and sculptures here.

Location: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Timing: 6 AM – 9 PM (Monday-Friday), 10 AM – 2 PM (Saturday)
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If you like things with a hint of green then you will absolutely love the expansive greens of Palacio de Cristal’s garden. This doppelganger of London’s Crystal Palace is one of the most wonderful Madrid places to visit that can capacitate 10,000 people.

It is a primary venue in Madrid for hosting sporting events, and musical performances. While the palace is a remarkable sight, it is the garden here that takes all the attention. That is because the garden is themed and categorized into a yard of aromatic plants, yard or roses and yard of feelings. This ideal picnic spot is dotted with sculptures, ponds and alluring fountains.

Location: Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid

Timing: 10 AM – 10 PM
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One of the most archival Madrid places to visit is the landmark gate of Puerta de Alcalá that brims with history and once used to be Madrid's entrance. This neoclassical monument made of granite was erected in 1778 as a victorious arch to honor King Charles IIIrd’s arrival in the city. You can have a great time here with family and friends relishing on good food and drinks around the area.
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A first glance at the Mercado de San Miguel may make you feel like a trap for the tourists. But, this market situated in the city center’s heart is one of the most sought-after Madrid places to visit. This emblematic traditional galleria may not be a grocery market but is famous for being a gourmet tapas marketplace with more than 30 vendors selling champagne, wine, baked goods, olives, hams, and tapas. If you are a foodie you cannot miss this gastronomical temple.

Location: Plaza San Miguel, 28005 Madrid, Spain (Centro)

Timing: 10:00 am - 11:59 pm
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The most popular central square of Madrid is the La Puerta del Sol. Located at a stone’s throw distance from Plaza Mayor, this site is originally one the gates of Madrid’s that faces east and is adorned with the sun’s image. You can come here to this crowded hemisphere to view the elegant and gracious facades like the Clock of Puerta del Sol, and the Church of San Ginés.

Location: Sol, Centro, Madrid, Spain
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Located at the intersection of Princesa and Gran Vía streets, Plaza de España is a large piazza located in the center of the city. Here you will be amazed by the impressive monument of Cervantes, the fountain with wooded and seasonally landscaped areas alongside a pond.

Flanking Plaza de España are the city’s two emblematic buildings Edificio España, and Torre Madrid that are equally entrancing architectural gems.

Location: Seville, Spain

Timing: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Spain’s most popular bullring has to be Las Ventas that was designed by architect Espeliú and was inaugurated on the 17th of June in 1931. The Neo-Mudéjar style ring is an impressive structure made of ceramic tiles and red brick.

Today the ring is a popular spot that hosts political meetings, tennis, Red Bull X-fighters and rock concerts. You can come here during the San Isidro Fair held between May-June to witness the prestigious festival of bullfighting here.

Location: Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid, Spain

Timing:
Box Office: 10:00am to 5:30pm (Everyday)
Bullfight: Every Sunday (March end to October)

Entry Fee: Adults: 14€; Child: 8€
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Make the most of your chance to make an encyclopedic journey to the depths of the oceans of the world at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium. You will be amazed unraveling the mysteries of marine life here as this spectacular stop houses over 220 species of marine invertebrates, fishes and the sandbar sharks, living inside the water pyramid.

Location: Casa de Campo, s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain

Timing: 11:00 AM – 21:00 PM Monday-Friday

Entry Fee: 18€-24€
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People Also Ask About Madrid

  1. How can I spend 3 days in Madrid?

    - Day 1: One the first day you can visit the popular places in Madrid Spain that comprise world-class museums, the popular parks and the vibrant flamenco show. 

    Places- Reina Reina Sofía Museum, Retiro Park, and Las Carboneras to view the Flamenco show.

    - Day 2: Reserve day two for exploring the famous places in Madrid Spain that comprise the city’s streets and the historic sites.

    Places- Royal Palace of Madrid, Temple of Debod (ancient Egyptian temple), famed Gran Vía, Puerta del Sol (Madrid’s popular central square), Plaza Mayor (400-year old historic square).

    - Day 3: Some of the Madrid Spain places to see on the final day can include the art museum, stadium and a shopping spot. 

    Places - El Rastro/La Latina, Prado Museum (houses a collection of European art), Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (famous soccer stadium), and Casa de Campo (to ride a cable car).
  2. What is Madrid best known for?

    The dynamic metropolis of Madrid is famous for its oldest restaurant Sobrino de Botín founded in the year 1725, the calamari sandwiches, Puerta del Sol (Center of All The Roads), and the Prada Museum.
  3. What should I not miss in Madrid?

    You should not miss the stunning Madrid Spain places to see and sampling the delicious snacks here. You must visit the grand park of Buen Retiro, stroll down to the Prado Museum from Calle Mayor and sample an elaborate Tapa (Basque-style eatery). You must also not miss out on visiting El Rastro that has close to 3500 stalls where you can hawk pretty much anything you desire.
  4. Is Madrid worth visiting?

    Madrid is totally worth visiting because of its gardens, chic shopping spots, and the Andalusian bars boasting salmorejo, delicious tapas and gazpacho. Moreover, the impressive monuments of Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Cibeles (for its phenomenal fountain), and the outstanding Almudena Cathedral, also make Madrid a desirable place to visit.

    The Flamenco dance and deep-fried sugary churro also add Madrid to the top rung of a tourist’s bucket list.
  5. Is 2 days in Madrid enough?

    Yes, 2 days are enough to visit the iconic sights of Madrid. Head to the square of Playa Mayor on day one and fill your tummy with the oldest restaurant Sabrino De Botín’s pig and lamb delicacies. On the very day you can also visit the popular food market of Mercado de San Miguel.

    Spend the afternoon of day 1 by visiting the Puerta del Sol and the Egyptian Temple of Debod. On the second day you can visit Cybele Palace, La Puerta de Alcalá, Almudena Cathedral, and shop for the remaining day.
  6. Is Barcelona better than Madrid?

    No, Barcelona is not better than Madrid instead both the cities are quite different. Madrid will offer you the best of Spanish experiences with its traditional culture, historic sites and classy museums.

    Barcelona on the other hand offers a hands-down European experience with its fantastic nature and finest beaches.

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