Exciting things to do in Madrid

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With average temperatures soaring to 32 Degrees Celsius in the peak of summer, there’s no questioning why the capital of Spain, Madrid, is such a popular destination for tourists. As well as being home to two world famous football clubs (Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid), the city is also well-known for its museums, galleries, shopping spots and nightclubs.

This guide looks into some of the most exciting things to get up to when lucky enough to explore the Spanish city.

Puerto del Sol

Known as the capital’s most famous square, Puerto Del Sol is right at the centre of Spain and a must-visit for anyone travelling to the city. It’s also the gateway for some of the city’s busiest streets. Those lucky enough to embark on a trip around the New Year won’t be alone, as thousands of people choose to gather here and follow a tradition of eating 12 grapes to the 12 charms of the famous clock which faces onto the square, Real Casa de Correos!

Food Tours

A trip to a Spanish city wouldn’t be complete without making the most of some of the wonderful traditional dishes that Spain has to offer. As well as visiting some of the local restaurants that the city has, why not book onto a food tour to fully embrace the cuisine in Madrid? The ‘Madrid flavors and flamenco tour’ offers churro’s, pub crawls and a complimentary Sangria!

Watch a Football Match

For the sports fans out there, why not try and book on to see the world-famous Real Madrid in action? Whether a football fanatic or a first timer to the sport, the team play throughout the year, and well worth a visit if tickets are available. The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium also offer tours of the ground for those visiting outside of the football season, a great alternative for any sports fan visiting Madrid no matter what the time of year.

Head to a Rooftop Bar

Rooftop bars are great for checking out the wonderful views of any city, Madrid is no different. Whether it’s midday to catch the city from above, or later in the day to get the perfect sun set Instagram post, there’s a few different options to try. For luxury, La Terraza at the five star hotel Principal is the place to go. For those planning on checking out Madrid’s night scene, Generator is a great bar that hosts nightly DJ sets to get you in the mood before any party!

Night Scene

As the capital of Spain, nightlife in Madrid is worth exploring. Time Out created a guide earlier this year which explored some of the best options for party go-ers that are new to the city. The guide includes something for everyone’s music taste and every type of clubber out there, whether that be pop music or house. Madrid’s night scene has much more to offer than just clubs though, for a different type of night, why not head to one of the casino’s based in the city? Whether a seasoned pro or a group of friends looking to try something different, it’s worth considering a trip. Impress friends by brushing up on skills beforehand by reading up on the poker strategy of some of the different poker games out there.

Take a Walk

For a more relaxed activity, away from the sangria and food tours, why not take a day exploring some of the beautiful gardens that Madrid has to offer? With seven outdoor gardens and five indoor greenhouses, the Real Jardin Botanico is the perfect location for a bit of down time, away from the hustle and bustle of a city centre. The Retiro Park is another great location to add to the Madrid list. Formerly a royal property which was opened up to the public in the 19th century, perfect for some escapism.

Visit Atocha Train Station

Yes, that’s right. The ‘Atocha Station Tropical Garden’ is a jungle hidden inside a train station. Before heading off on a busy train, this could be the perfect place to relax with a coffee and book whilst reflecting on the beautiful city of Madrid.

Leah has been living in and exploring Madrid since 2013 when she moved to the city for a simple summer abroad. After falling in love with Madrid, she started the Citylife Blog in 2014 with the goal to share everything there is to know about her favourite place on earth! In her spare time you will find Leah at some of Madrid's many museums and cultural exhibitions.

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