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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.

Art Museum
“One of the most important art museums in the world housing masterpieces from local and international artists, with a calendar of temporary exhibitions. ”
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Park
“The lung of Madrid. This gigantic park has a crystal palace and a lake inside. An ideal plan on a sunny day”
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Art Museum
“The contemporary arts center housed in a former historic hospital with an addition signed by French architect Jean Nouvel, that blends historic architecture and contemporary construction. Permanent collection with XIX-XXI art and temporary exhibits . Library, Bookstore, cafeteria. and gardens. Absolutely worth the visit. Check on free entrance days/hours.”
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Plaza
“The Plaza Mayor is Madrid's main square. It is located right in the centre of the city, just a few minutes walk from the Puerta del Sol. Despite the rather high prices charged by the restaurants and cafés under the arches that skirt the square, it is still a lovely place to sit out, try some good Spanish wine, sample some tasty tapas and watch the passers-by. And since it is located in the historic centre of Madrid, staying in this area is ideal to see the city's sights and monuments.”
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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. ”
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Flea Market
“The biggest flea market in whole Spain take place Sunday and holidays. Required visit on Sunday before going for some Tapas in La Latina area.”
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Art Museum
“An important private collection of masterpieces, now belonging to the state and shown in a recently renovated historic house. Also a good calendar of temporary exhibits and events from lectures, to films or seminars. Also guided and/private visits ”
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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!! ”
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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”
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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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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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Playground
“Really nice at the top end near Legazpi. A nice alternative to Retiro if you want to lounge around for the day. The Matadero is also worth a visit, depending what's on.”
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Art Museum
“A not to miss landmark is the Vertical Garden of Caixaforum, designed by Patric Blanc.”
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Soccer Stadium
“I still can't understand why. But it is as a matter of facts it is the most visited museum in town. It is also the highest soccer team world turn over. Over 500 M €!! It is not a team but a religion in this country!!”
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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.”
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Art Gallery
“A short metro ride away, Matadero was the city of Madrid's slaughterhouse (you read that right) up until about the 1920's, when it was slowly renovated to include restaurants and public spaces. Several festivals/markets take place here monthly. ”
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