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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Palace
“The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms.[1][2] It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe.[3]”
  • 319 locals recommend
  • 37 Experiences
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!! ”
  • 313 locals recommend
  • 16 Experiences
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”
  • 309 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
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.   ”
  • 98 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Neighbourhood
“If you want to experience a different side of the city this is the place. A wild piece of nature where you can have a nice and long walk, there is also restaurants by the lake, perfect for a day plan, specially when is sunny. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
Athletics & Sports
“The Palace Museum and visit is a must. A Royal experience of Historic significance”
  • 71 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Theatre
“Cool atmosphere, may bars around with terraces, cocktails...all in the oldest part of MADRID’s city ”
  • 146 locals recommend
  • 6 Experiences
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.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“A reconstructed Egyptian temple gifted to the city by Egypt. Beautiful at sunset. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
  • 8 Experiences
Spanish Restaurant
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“Our former King's favourite Tapas place in Madrid. If you're not a vegan and eat pork ask for the "Huevos estrellados" -Eggs with ham.”
  • 99 locals recommend
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!”
  • 101 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
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. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Tapas Restaurant
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“Delicious Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish omelette)!! And nice and modern tapas.”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“With a surface area of almost 100 hectares, this important green space is located between the road to A Coruña, the university campus and the area of Moncloa. The park was an initiative by the mayor of Madrid, Mr. Alberto Aguilera, in the year 1906, who requested the landscaper Cecilio Rodríguez to design a place for walking and recreation for the residents of Madrid. The space has very original places such as the cable car, the school of ceramics, the rose garden, where an international rose competition is held each year, or the Temple of Debod, near Plaza de España, an Egyptian temple from the second century B.C. which was given to Spain by the Egyptian Government.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“(2 minute walk) www.mercadodelacebada.com Opens M-F 9am-2pm and 5:30-8:30pm; Sat 9am-6pm. Sundays closed Two floors houses stalls of food products, mainly perishable, occupying all the commercial space. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
Theatre
“Musical: The Lion King. One of the best known shows in Madrid. An assembly of high quality and acclaim. Advisable to book tickets in advance, they are often depleted.”
  • 26 locals recommend