Top Things To Do In Madrid for a Special City Holiday

Filed in Travel Ideas by on February 2, 2017

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So what are the top things to do in Madrid

Madrid is the largest city in Spain and the third largest in the European Union. This city has influenced politics, fashion, and science in the world for centuries and it is therefore a major global city. It is also one of the main financial centres in Europe. However, Madrid is much more famous for its arts, culture, and history than it is for its finance and influence on world politics. This is why Madrid is such a major player when it comes to European tourism.

Here are some of the top things to do in Madrid.


Visit the golden triangle of art

Three very important museums make up this golden triangle: the Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

Of particular interest is the Prado Museum,  this is one of the most visited museums in the world. The collections in the museum date back to the twelfth century all the way up to the nineteenth century. It boasts around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, and 8,000 drawings.

These collections are some of the finest works of European art ever made. Some of the artists whose works are on display in this museum include El Greco, José de Ribera, Hieronymus Bosch, Rogier van der Weyden, Van Dyck, and Albrecht Dürer.


Enjoy the Madrid nightlife

The nightlife in Madrid is legendary with an endless array of cocktail bars, tapas bars, jazz lounges, clubs, live music venues, and flamenco bars. You will never experience a dull moment in Madrid at night. Some of the most popular partying areas include the Atocha, Tribunal, Bilbao, and Moncloa.

The people in these areas are friendly and very welcoming  and going for a night out is a sure way of unwinding after visiting some of the more solemn attractions around Madrid.

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See a classical opera

Madrid is home to some of the best music schools and institutions in the world including the Auditorio Nacional de Música, ( National Auditorium for Music ).   The Spanish National Orchestra and the Chamartín Symphony Orchestra also calls Madrid home.  In truth, Madrid is a wonderful destination for those who enjoy classical music.


Go out on a Madrid food tour

As with every cosmopolitan city in the world, Madrid offers visitors a great variety of eateries where you can food to suit just about every taste.

The famous beef  Cocido Madrileno is a staple in the city, usually served at restaurants in Madrid.

Another popular dish in Madrid is  Callos a La Madrilena, a stew made from chorizo, beef snout, tripe, onions, hot pepper, and tomatoes. Just like Cocido Madrileno, it is commonly eaten during winter. It is a dish that should not be missed in Madrid.

In conclusion, Madrid is a fine city for tourists to visit attracting over 7 million tourists each year, making it the fourth most visited city in Europe. The World Tourism Organisation also has its headquarters in Madrid, that certainly says something about the importance of this vibrant city.