Madrid Hop-On Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Madrid iVenture Card | Tour & Attraction Pass

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Tour

Avila and Segovia Full Day Tour From Madrid

Las Rozas Village Shopping Express

Toledo Full Day Sightseeing Tour From Madrid

Prado Museum Skip-The-Line Guided Tour

Hapsburgs Madrid Walking Tour & Royal Palace

El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Day Tour

Official Madrid Tour of Las Ventas Bullring

Royal Site of Aranjuez Half-Day Tour From Madrid

Things To Do In Madrid

There's an allure about Spanish culture that seemingly never fails to draw in admirers the world over. At the heart of this European phenomenon is Madrid, the vibrant centre of Castilian Spain. From a nightlife of scarcely matched diversity, to art and history, there's no shortage of things to do in this bustling Iberian capital.

At CityXplora we like to kick things off with amazing sightseeing. The Madrid City Tour is an open-top sightseeing bus tour that ferries visitors around all of the city's top landmarks and attractions. Hop-on hop-off at numerous stops across two routes and get easy transport between the famous plazas, cathedrals and parks.

Things to do in Madrid don't come much better than the renowned art museums of the 'Golden Triangle' in the centre of the city. Three institutions comprise this exclusive club: The Museo Nacional Del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Prado Museum is the most visited of the three, but you can skip its queue by booking a guided exhibition tour.

To the west of the art museum district stretches the wondrous and ornate Gran Via shopping street. Gran Via is Madrid's best known nightlife area, with an upscale succession of bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. There's some great Flamenco venues located in and around Gran Via, these include Torres Bermejas, a spectacular building whose interior represents that of the Granada Alhambra. You'll be able to enjoy a show by professional guitarists, singers and dancers while eating dinner.

When it comes to shopping in Madrid you're by no means limited to Gran Via. The Las Rozas Village Shopping Experience is a full day's coach trip to the Las Rozas retail outlet, a place containing over 100 top band stores and kids playgrounds. Las Rozas is tax free and unmatched in terms of variety.

Travel north of the city centre and you can do a tour of Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid F.C. The Bernabeu tour is self-guided, but a number of history/sightseeing tours can take you amazing places just a short drive outside the city. Things to do in Madrid needn't be limited to Madrid itself, as you set out by coach towards cultural wonders such as medieval Toledo, the Walls of Avila and Roman Segovia [save 10% on this tour], and the Monastery of El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen.

Highlights

Here are some highlights for your visit to Madrid

The Madrid City Tour, from park to plaza.

There's no easier way to unlock the sights and sounds of Madrid than on the open-top city bus tour. Set out north and west from the city's cultural heart.

Skip the ticket queue at Museo del Prado.

The Prado Museum is one of most renowned art museums in the world, and as such it can get fairly busy. But why worry when you can skip the line?

Discover true 'Flamenco y Gastronomía'.

Just off Madrid's lively Grand Via is an oriental gem of a Flamenco restaurant. Enjoy dinner and a show at Torres Bermejas, a venue modelled after the Alhambra of Granada.

Take The Santiago Bernabéu Tour.

It's a team that's counted Ronaldo and Gareth Bale amongst its squad, and now you can discover the home of this world renowned club for yourself with hassle access to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

See one of Spain's most iconic spectacles.

Regardless of your view on bullfighting, the Las Ventas Bullring Tour provides a fascinating insight into the history and culture of this prolific spectator sport.