Top 10 Things To Do in Madrid For First Time Visitor!
With so many things to do in Madrid, it can be a bit confusing for the first time visitor. With so many monuments, museums, squares, plazas, attractions and fascinating architecture to explore, where do you start? Here are 10 places to consider on your next Madrid vacation:
1. Spain is synonymous with bullfighting and bullfighting in Madrid attracts millions each year. If you are in the city between May and June each year you can catch the most famous bullfighting festival in the world, held at the Las Ventas ring. Tours of the building are also available year round.
2. One of the most exquisite places to visit in Madrid is the Royal Palace. Built in the 1700’s the palace has over 3,000 rooms and just under 1.5 million square feet of flooring. The interior houses priceless art, watches, frescoes and other collections, including the world’s only complete Stradivarius string quintet.
3. The Madrid Zoo and Aquarium has over 2000 animals on display and is touted as one of the best zoos in the world, so it is certainly one of those things to do in Madrid if you are visiting with the kids. Check out the dolphin show, the panda exhibit and the shark tank, just some of the features.
4. Cybele’s Fountain is located in the Plaza de Cibeles surrounded by stunning architecture. The fountain is a monument to the Greek god of fertility and was built in the 18th century in the neo-classical style out of white marble.
5. The Prado Museum Madrid is one of those must see things to do in Madrid because not only is it one of the most famous art museums in the world and visited by millions each year, but it has 8 centuries worth of art is displayed on its walls.
6. The church of San Antonio de los Alemanes was built in the 1600’s by Pedro Sanchez. The ornate interior includes frescoes and other paintings as well as a delicately carved altar. It may not be the biggest church in the city, but it ranks as one of the most beautiful.
7. The Alcala Gate ranks as one of the more historical things to do in Madrid. It is located in the Plaza de la Independecia and was built back in 1778. As a landmark in the city, it is home to sculptures of the four cardinal virtues: moderation, strength, justice and prudence.
8. Madrid nightlife is world renowned; there is something for everyone, and the party never stops, especially on weekends before a holiday Monday. Nightlife tours will take you to the best places in the city in one trip, or you can choose from a wide variety of clubs, bars, lounges and discos scattered across the city.
9. Parque Warner Madrid is a Warner Brothers themed amusement park just 20 km outside the city. It has excellent roller coasters, a cartoon world for the youngsters in your party and a super hero world among its many areas.
10. Home to many hotels in Madrid, the Gran Via is also features upscale shopping, theatres and lots of nightlife, it is known as the street that never sleeps, and is located in the center of the city.
Of course these are just the tip of the iceberg; there are many more things to do in Madrid, the city with so many historical and cultural attractions just waiting to be explored. Enjoy!