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Best things to do in Madrid

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Plaza
“A trip to the origins of the city. The Plaza Mayor in Madrid is one of the most emblematic points of the city, along with the Puerta del Sol, the Fuente de Cibeles or the Puerta de Alcalá.”
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Palace
“Royal Place, the building and its gardens is one of the attractions of Madrid, with the suggestion of walking through the narrow streets to find real treasures in traditional architecture and the magnificent Royal Opera House that offers visits to the building that requires reservation in advance. ”
326local recommendations
Monument / Landmark
“Egyptian temple of the 2nd century BC that was donated by Egypt to Spain in gratitude for the help given to save the temples of Abu Simbel together with UNESCO in 1968. DO NOT MISS THE SUNSET!! ”
311local recommendations
Market
“The San Miguel Market is the city’s gastronomic temple, the contemporary o fresh seafood brought from Galicia each day, the Mediterranean rice or the special cheese from Castile, Asturias or the Basque Country. The finest products and wine from the length and breadth of Spain are divided among 30 permanent”
310local recommendations
Neighbourhood
“Gran Vía (literally "Great Way") is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. Today the street is known as the Spanish Broadway, and it is one of the streets with the most nightlife in Europe. It is known as the street that never sleeps. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España.”
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Plaza
“Puerta del Sol is one of the most famous squares in Madrid and you can find some of the most important points and buildings in the capital.”
107local recommendations
Market
“old market converted into a hub for restaurants, tapas bars, drinks, etc. night life with roof terrace open all year round and great views of Madrid.”
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Church
“(8 min walk) The cathedral of Madrid, Almudena Cathedral, was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993 when it was completed. Felipe VI of Spain was married to Queen Letizia in this church.   ”
98local recommendations
Plaza
“Plaza de España y Argüelles. Traditional Madrid with parks and gardens, bars, restaurants and the door to the university district. Museo del Traje is a great place to visit for its collection, temporary exhibits, architecture, gardens and restaurant. Monument dedicated to Cervantes.”
94local recommendations
Clothes Shop
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“Es muy barato y encontrarás todo lo que te imagines, tiene cinco plantas y es muy lindo. Súper recomendable!”
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Chocolate Shop
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“"Chocolate with churros". Chocolatería San Ginés is a popular chocolate shop in Madrid, founded in 1894 and located in the San Ginés passage, next to Puerta del Sol.”
162local recommendations
Plaza
“A great market where you can try several tapas and delight its products, in a mix of fish, meats, burguers, paellas, wines and so on!”
94local recommendations
Plaza
“Epicenter of Madrid - New year - la estatua del oso - carlos III sobre su cavallo - el 20 de mayo - lot of famous buildings historically, where people and merchants used to go for outside news. ”
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Cafeteria
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“Gran Via is our main shopping street with shops like H&M, Bershka, Lefties, Zara, and more.”
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Opera House
“Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) or simply El Real, as it is known colloquially, is a major opera house located in Madrid. Today the Teatro Real opera is one of the great theaters of Europe hosting large productions involving leading international figures in opera singing, musical direction, stage direction and dance. The theater offers visitors guided tours in several languages, including the auditorium, stage, workshops and rehearsal rooms. Founded in 1818 and inaugurated on 19 November 1850, it closed in 1925 and reopened in 1966. Beginning in 1988 it underwent major refurbishing and renovation works and finally reopened in 1997 with a capacity of 1,746 seats. ”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“Casa Labra is a centenary tavern in which you´ll taste their specialty as the cod and the cod croquettes, You can taste this in an environment that has remained almost unchanged since 1860.”
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