Madrid

A walk that shows you how to lead an intensively happy life.

After a pandemic, people want to live again, have fun and travel. Madrid is unique, lively and happy. It captivates us with its intense way of life and teaches us to enjoy its streets and its wide range of tourist attractions using all five senses.
Its authentic lifestyle makes Madrid stands out from other European destination. It is a pleasant, authentic and open city. The people are generous and sociable. In Madrid, people live along the streets, they stay to share projects: with friends, family, colleagues and strangers.

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Activities in Madrid

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Madrid

Heritage

Madrid has a lot to offer, but try our top ten must-sees to fall in love with this city: Paseo del Arte, Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, Cibeles Fountain, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid Río, Las Ventas Bullring and a morning at the Rastro.

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Art

The Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía are the three major museums that feature in this rich promenade of art. But Madrid has so much more to offer: Great cultural centres, historic fountains, churches and cathedrals, theatres, musicals and concerts and many other cultural highlights that should not be missed.

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Landscape

The city of Madrid is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which covers places of special universal value. In 2019, Spain presented for consideration Prado Boulevard, Paseo del Prado and El Buen Retiro Park, which have recently been included in the "Landscape of Arts and Sciences" category.

Plans

You'll never be bored in Madrid. You could spend years here and still have something to do: Rich restaurants, leisure and cultural activities for children and adults and hundreds of streets full of shops are just some of the things you should not miss in the city.

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Eat—drink

Tapas. Although you can have a beer with some tapas in all neighbourhoods, the most important are La Latina or Malasaña. Madrid is also known for its centuries-old restaurants, which have survived the passage of time superbly. And we can't forget its gastronomic markets such as: San Miguel, San Anton, Ibiza...

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SHOPPING

Barrio de Las Letras, Chueca, Las Salesas and Malasaña are some of the must-see areas of any premium shopping street worthy of the name. They house the boutiques and artisan shops that are so exclusive to Madrid. These unique boutiques are worth a little detour.

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Special places for special people

Madrid, find

  • Madrid is the capital of upscale shopping. This city boasts huge shopping centres where you can buy the best national and international luxury brands. We recommend you check out these two.

    1. Galería Canalejas, which will have an area of 15,000 m2 spread over three levels. The ground and first floors will be dedicated to shopping. The basement level, with direct street access, will house the 4000+ square metres of the Galería Canalejas Food Hall. Boasting a gastronomic offering that is unique in Madrid and over 15 restaurants with differing specialities and of various nationalities run by top Spanish and international chefs, it will be a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

    The first phase of its opening on 1 October 2020 saw the French firm Hermès open a store with direct street access, and the remaining stores will follow in spring 2022.

    2. El Corte Inglés is one of our most iconic shopping centres, where you can find fashion for the entire family as well as gourmet food products that are perfect for the foodies in the house. There are numerous El Corte Inglés stores around Madrid, so look for your closest one or visit them all! A must for shopaholics.

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  • Madrid's Paseo del Arte is home to some of the world's most famous museums, including the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. Seeing Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Rubens and Rembrandt in an area just over a kilometre is unique in the world. The works of the great masters can be seen during private tours and other exclusive events offered to visitors by these three great houses. Madrid also has a number of palaces that bear witness to the city's history and art, including the Cerralbo Museum, the Lázaro Galdiano Museum and the Sorolla Museum, dedicated to the famous Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla.

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  • The tragedy and pain of a deeply sombre cante jondo song, the exuberance of sevillana and rumba music, the humour of bulería rhythms: flamenco is all this and much more. The passion and intensity of this art make everyone feel its expressive power, regardless of cultural background or understanding of the language.

    Because flamenco expresses our most intimate feelings.
    Without exaggeration, Madrid is the capital of flamenco. If you want to master this art, this Spanish metropolis is a must-visit.
    Here you can experience big events, concerts and performances of this art form, seven days a week, in the city's great theatres, concert halls and flamenco bars, on stage at tablaos or at cultural centres.
    Madrid is home to many of the main record labels that have made flamenco famous across the globe, and was the springboard for the careers of many artists who are now delighting audiences from all over the world.

    Venues such as Corral de la Morería, Tablao de la Villa, Cardamomo, Las Tablas and Torres Bermejas are a must if you are a flamenco fan.

    And it's because of all this that we're highlighting flamenco among the many cultural activities and shows that you can find in Madrid. If you're visiting the capital over the next few months, check out all these places where you can experience flamenco first-hand.

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  • In Madrid, it is almost impossible not to know when football is on the agenda. Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, which have existed since 1902, 1903 and 1924 respectively, are the three most important teams in the city's 100-year football history.
    The football stadiums of the three clubs form a diagonal that practically runs from north to south across the city — from the centre of Chamartín, where the Santiago Bernabéu rises, to the new Wanda Metropolitano Arena—in the San Blas-Canillejas district—to the modest Estadio de Vallecas in Madrid's working-class neighbourhood of the same name.

    Football enthusiasm is in the air in the metropolis and anyone visiting Madrid is aware of it. The sport has even made a place for itself in the museums' visitor rankings, and both the Bernabéu and Wanda Metropolitano tours (both of which include a guided tour of each stadium) are seeing an ever-increasing influx.
    And if you want to buy official merchandise, you can do so in the museums, but also in the Real Madrid shops (Arenal 6, Gran Vía 31 and Carmen 3), the Atlético de Madrid shops (Gran Vía 47) and Rayo Vallecano shops (Avenida de la Albufera 114).

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  • Madrid has ideal rooftops for any time of day. We explain some of them in detail:
    Plaza de España, 360º rooftop bar. Although you can come here at any time of day, the best time is first thing in the morning for coffee. There are fewer people about and after looking at the panorama you feel like you have enough energy to face what's coming.
    Cibeles Palace. Ideal for a morning brunch overlooking the Cibeles Fountain,
    Hotel Emperador and Hotel Santo Domingo. Two central hotels where the swimming pool is the real star.
    Dani Brasserie: On the rooftop of the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel in Plaza de Canalejas. Two environments characterise the menu that chef Dani García has prepared. The neighbourhood across from the Calle de Sevilla offers a snack menu with uninterrupted opening hours, available without prior reservation.

    Circulo de Bellas Artes: One of the best views of the city, the most beautiful lookout in the world. Ideal in all seasons

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