With so much to see and do while in Madrid, it may be hard to narrow down the options. If you are planning your trip there in the near future and still not sure what you are going to fill your days with while there, consider the following fantastic options.
1. Athletico Madrid
No trip to anywhere in Spain would ever quite be complete without some sort of activity involving football. As one of the top Spanish professional football clubs just behind those of Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico Madrid is just as important and something you must not miss out on while in the city. If you are able to, be sure to get tickets ahead of time (if during the right season) to catch one of their matches at the Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 people.
When you would like to do a tour through the stadium, book your tickets in advance. These tickets are sold out quickly! The Madrid Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with Bernabeu Stadium is much more expensive but you will also discover some city parks, such as Buen Retiro and the English-style West Park.
2. Zoo Aquarium Madrid
Taking up a total area of 20 hectares (49 acres), this combination of a zoo and aquarium is nothing short of impressive. Located right in the Casa de Campo, this exciting attraction has been opened since 1770 and boasts the title of being one of the largest ones in all of Spain. Wander around as you get a look at the petting zoo, the 2 million-liter aquarium, an aviary and even a dolphin exhibit!
3. Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
As an historical and cultural landmark of Madrid, a tour of this place is an absolute must! With over 80 years of history put into it, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas was built in 1929 and serves as the largest bullring in all of Spain. If you decide to take a tour, you will get to experience an up close and personal look at what it’s like to be an actual bullfighter, how it feels to be in the crowd and so much more! The easiest way is to take the hop on hop off bus, that brings you simultaneously to many other destinations in Madrid. Discover a slice of authentic Spanish culture and visit the Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid.
4. Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid
If you have time enough you should definitely have to go to Avila and Segovia. The birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesus, the writer of the Counter Reformation who lived in Avill and the Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the best preserved monuments on the Iberian Peninsula. You can visit both places in a full-day excursion leaving from Madrid. This tour is quite expensive but it is one of the bestsellers and definitely worth it. Book your ticket in advance so you know for sure you will have a lovely experience during your stay in Madrid.
5. Plaza de Cibeles
Very often considered to be the most famous plaza in all of Madrid, it is located right along the central Calle de Alcala where you can enjoy stunning architecture, a beautiful fountain and maybe even a parade (if you are lucky) when Real Madrid wins a title! A fantastic place to wander around and soak up its impressive beauty.