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Top 5 Must-See Activities in Madrid

These are the most famous Madrid tourist attractions & sight tours which sees thousands and millions of visitors each year:


Free Things To Do In Madrid

Madrid is one of the most exciting cities in Europe, which is why millions of tourists would flock to this city each year. It’s filled with numerous historic sights and attractions that cater to all kinds of travellers. If you are a budget traveller, you’ll be happy to know that there are many cheap things to do in Madrid. As a matter of fact, by simply exploring the city streets, you’ll already be rewarded with lots of interesting sights, including historic buildings with beautiful architecture.

While Madrid may not be the cheapest places to visit in Europe, there are plenty of free things to do in Madrid that can keep even the most budget traveller entertained. If you love to learn more about the culture and history of the city, then visit the free museums in Madrid. Of course, there are several other free attractions in Madrid, such as the Buen Retiro Park, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via street, Puerta del Sol, San Jeronimo el Royal, and many more.

One of the things that you’ll love about Madrid is that there will always be something to entertain you regardless of the season. For instance, one of the free things to do in Madrid this summer is to walk around the outside area of Madrid Royal Palace while enjoying the good weather. This beautiful palace is the official residence of the Royal Family, similar to London’s Buckingham Palace. To those who are going to Madrid with kids, one of the free things to do in Madrid with kids is to stroll and have picnic on some of the many beautiful parks in the city, such as the El Retiro Park.

Are you heading to Madrid soon? Then check out this list of free things to do in Madrid.

Free Attractions in Madrid

Top Rated Madrid Attractions

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Buen Retiro Park

TheBuenRetiro Park is among the largest parks in Madrid, Spain. The name says it all as this attraction is really a “Park Of The Pleasant Retreat”. Builtby Felipe IV in the 17th century,as a preserve of the Royal Family, it wasaccessible to the public in the late 19th century.Since then, whenever the weather is pleasant or on weekends, the Madrelenos gather here for a walk, read the paper in shade, go forboating, or have drinks. The park...

Las Ventas Bullring Entrance Ticket and Bullfighting Museum of Madrid Audio Tour

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  • A self-guided tour that places the visitors to the very center of the bullfighting tradition in Spain.
  • A discovery tour of Las Ventas, the main bullfighting venue in the capital of Spain.
  • A detailed overview of the bullfighting tradition at the adjacent Bullfighting Museum of Madrid.
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Walk around Madrid Royal Palace

Royal Palace is one of the most astounding places around the glove due to its royal and majestic nature that reflects from its every angle. Being the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, it holds the same value as the Buckingham Palace in London. Tourists to Spain and Madrid make it a point to visit the Royal Palace, adding a milestone to their travelling life. The Royal Palace is used mainly for state ceremonies and is open to...

iVenture Card Madrid

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  • A convenient and affordable way to visit Madrid's top tourist attractions.
  • One ticket to gain entry to your choice of 3, 5, or all 26 listed activities.
  • Visit museums and attractions, go on guided tours, bus tours and more.
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Plaza Mayor

A central plaza in Madrid which you visit on your trip to Spain. Built during the Habsburg period, it is just a few blocks away from Puertadel Sol. The plaza is a rectangular shape surrounded by three residential buildings with magnificent 237 balconies facing the Plaza Mayor and having a total of nine entry ways.The most well-known entranceways is the Arco de Cuchilleroswith steep steps leading up to the Plaza.

The Plaza Mayor has been...

Skip the Line: Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza Direct Entry Ticket

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  • Entrance into the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.
  • One of the largest private art collections in the world showcasing artworks from the 13th century to the 20th century plus jewellery and fashion exhibitions.
  • The Thyssen museum is part of Madrid's 'Golden Triangle of Art".
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Gran via

Located in Madrid,a street namedGran Via is a real showcase of the architecture of the early 20th century.Home to a lot of hotels, the Gran Via is also one of Madrid’s most famous shopping place. However, what makes it really special is the lavish design of the many large buildings.

Now this street is known as the Spanish Broadway and it is famous that this street never sleeps. It starts from Calle de Alcala, near to Plaza de Cibeles...

Prado Museum Skip-the-line

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  • Fast-track entry into Madrid's National Art Museum.
  • Full-day entry including access to the temporary exhibitions.
  • Over 1,500 of Europe's best paintings, drawings, and sculptures to be enjoyed.
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Plaza de Espana

The Plaza de Espana, also known as Spain Square is quite a famous sight for tourists. Located in Madrid, at the end of Gran Via, it isa large square featuring a monument. History tells you that this Plaza was once a barrack and then created into a beautiful square.

In the centre of the square stands the monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, famous Spanish novelist, poet and playwright. While in the tower portion, includes a...

Real Madrid Stadium Tour: Priority

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  • 45 min
    • Priority entrance to Real Madrid FC Bernabeu Stadium.
    • Learn about the history of Real Madrid football club and its players in the on-site interactive museum.
    • Go behind the scenes with access to player exclusive areas.
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    Atocha Railway Station

    Atocha Railway Station also known as the Madrid Atochaand is the only largest railway station ever constructed inMadrid. Primarily it provides commuter trains, regional and intercity trains from the southern part of the country and high-speed AVE trains from cities like Barcelona, Seville etc. Spanish Railway Company, Renfe, operates the train services. The Rail Station is located in the Atocha neighbourhood of district Arganzuela. It looks...

    Independent Toledo Day Trip: Toledo Card and High-Speed Train Transport from Madrid

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    • This is a thrilling tour of Toledo from Madrid offers a great experience and great value for money
    • A high speed-train will take travelers from the Spanish capital to the famous walled city
    • The sightseeing guide will lead you through the city to popular attractions such as Toledo Cathedral and so on. It's possible to
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    Puerta del sol

    One of the busiest and best known places in Madrid includes Puerta del Sol, situated in the very heart of Madrid. It is the centre of the outspread networks of the Spanish roads. This square contains the well-known clock whose bells mark the start of the New Year. Puerta del Sol comprises of a number of renowned sights of Madrid.

    The south side has the old Post Office or the Edificio de Correus belonging to the Regional Government of...

    Atleti Territory: Museum and Wanda Metropolitano Tour

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    • A guided tour of Wanda Metropolitano, a stadium of the popular Atletico de Madrid football club.
    • An insightful activity that highlights the history of the rival of FC Real Madrid and allows you to visit areas that are off-limits to other visitors.
    • An experience every fan of football that visits Madrid must have.
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    Teatro Joy Eslava

    Teatro Joy Eslava started as a theatre situated on Calle Arenal, however after many reforms has changed into the Disco Joy Eslava. It’s a must place visit for people who like to party at night. A theatre converted into a nightclub has been open for the last 29 years.

    Though it’s not just a nightclub, due to the beautiful structure Joy Eslava hosts many concerts and various events. So if you’re lucky, you may catch your favourite...

    Skip the Line Parque de Atracciones de Madrid Ticket - Open Day

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    • Parque de Atracciones de Madrid is the most complete city leisure park in Spain. The history of Madrid’s fun fair goes back to 1969, with attractions such as El Tobogán, the Hall of Mirrors and the 7 Picos rollercoaster. Today the park is distributed over small zones, each with its own theme, offering innovative attractions such as the...read more
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    El Rastro Flea Market

    Located in the heart of the city, El Rastro is Madrid’s best open air flea market which is popular equally amongst locals and tourists to this marvelous city. The flea market comes to life every Sunday and on feast days with over 3500 stalls that spread over alleys and streets. You name anything and you will find it here! From books to antiques, furniture that has its worth increased over time to clothing that is fit for all times, you...

    Skip the Line Parque Warner Ticket

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    • Warner Bros Park Madrid is a theme park located in the town of San Martín de la Vega, 29 km south of Madrid. Opened in April 2001, it is split into five themed zones, each based on scenes from Warner Brothers films set in different parts of America.Come and have a great time at Warner Park in Madrid. Book now your tickets to the Warner Park and...read more
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    San Jeronimo el Real

    Located behind the Prado Museum, San Jeronimo el Royal or St. Jerome the Royal is a late 16th century piece of architecture that is built with late Gothic and early Renaissance influence. The place is mystique and radiates an aura that captures the hearts and minds of the visitors. The church basically served as a monastery for the now Prado Museum which came under the proximity of the Royal Family, making San Jeronimo el Royal serve in royal...

    Skip the Line Faunia Madrid Ticket - Open Day

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    • Venture inside Faunia, your nature theme park. Get ready to experience the full power of nature through your five senses: the heat and rain of the tropics, the freezing cold of the north and south poles, the darkness and danger of the night... and this isn’t all, because you’ll also feel the fluttering of butterflies, the creeping of the most...read more
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