Things To Do In Madrid Spain

When traveling to a big destination hot spot like Madrid, Spain, it’s best to have a plan to enjoy and maximize your time as there is so much to see.  We have visited Madrid a few times and each visit has been just a couple of nights as we are passing through.  You can easily get lost in a big city like Madrid, so try to plan things out via the public transportation. Here are a few things to do in Madrid that we’ve enjoyed and would like to share with you.Madrid Spain - Plaza de Toros 2 WagonersAbroad

Some of our favorite Things to do in Madrid with kids


Are you a fan?  Well Lars and Alan were just tickled pink blue to see the  Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, home of Real Madrid. They both enjoyed the tour and dreamed of being part of the team.  The tour lasted about 1 hour and they were able to explore all over the stadium and of course snap several “tourist” photos.
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Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is a gorgeous building and the tour is well worth it.  The kids had a blast pretending they were Matadors and it was great learning about the history, tradition and process.  That said, I am not sure we are up for viewing a live event, but it was educational and fun touring.


The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Internationally known as the Reina Sofia Museum, it is Spain’s national museum and its most popular. When visiting this museum, you can feast your eyes on the unique talents and creative works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, as well as local Spanish artists.

What’s good about Madrid, when it comes to its museum attractions, is that all the top 3 museums are near each other in a place what locals dub as the Golden Triangle of Art, which is located along the famous Paseo del Prado.

Curious about Wine?

wineSpain is not only known for its passionate people and culture; it’s also universally known for its famous wine. Wine tours is one of the many activities you can do when visiting Madrid.  We didn’t have time to enjoy this, as most of the wine tours are usually outside of Madrid.  Here are some nearby areas where you can visit vineyards and bodegas, catering the tourists connoisseur tendencies.

The Ribera Del Duero
This is one of Spain’s quality wine regions. An hour drive away from Madrid, a wine tour package into this route included more or less 2 winery visits inclusive of lunch and tapas sampling.

The La Mancha This wine route is popular because of its association with Don Quixote. Many times with guided tours, you get a lot of freebies like wine tasting and  get some interesting facts and history from the tour guides about these vineyards.

Organized Tours

There are also many organized tours for you to enjoy from being active on walking or biking tour, to enjoying a tapas or wine tour.  There is so much to do and Viator has so many great offers for you.  Click here to see their latest Madrid Deals!


These are just of the few things you can do to experience the art culture of Madrid. Finding accommodations in Madrid can be costly especially if you are staying in a hotel. We usually stay in cost-effective apartments. Apartments are more practical because you have more freedom, space, and they usually cost less.  Live like a local and go to the corner market and bakery for your food. Many allow short stays of 1 – 3 nights or stay for a week.

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Whatever you do, enjoy Madrid and fall in love with Spain.
Madrid Spring 2012

6 thoughts on “Things To Do In Madrid Spain

  1. Great advice. I love staying at short term apartments over hotels.
    You guys are making it harder and harder for me not to come back. :o)

  2. We’ve been to Barcelona a few times but never to Madrid, so informative post for us Heidi! Footie-we just love it; we went to Nou Camp…..when you’ve seen one football stadium, you’ve seen them all! Sorry boys.

    Funnily enough we have never been on a vineyard tour although we have extensive knowledge on all things wine; pick a country, any country!

    P.S. I feel a GoWithOh! competition coming on…….to Madrid! 😉

    • We really do like Madrid and Barcelona too! The guys loved the stadium and I am sure they would tour others, no problem.

      Still thinking about a competition…

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