There are countless options to make original plans in Madrid. Once you’ve arrived to the city in your rental car, you can set off and choose one of the experiences we suggest to make the best of your visit to Madrid.
Family plans in Madrid – Madrid’s neighborhoods
El Retiro park and the Alcalá Gate
Walking around the El Retiro park helps relaxing from the busy streets of Madrid while enjoying a beautiful and historic scenery. The park ends next to the emblematic Alcalá Gate (“la Puerta de Alcalá” in Spanish), just one example of Madrid’s main monuments.
Shopping and watching musical shows in Gran Vía.
Gran Vía is one of Madrid’s most important shopping streets. This is where the most relevant shops and brands are situated. Zara, H&M, Mango or Primark are just a few of the stores you can find here.
It’s been nicknamed as “Madrid’s Broadway” as there are multiple playhouses where musical shows are often scheduled. You will be able then to finish your shopping day watching internationally known musical shows in Madrid.
Culture in Madrid
Visit any of Madrid’s three most important museums to see first-hand the works of international masters of painting and sculpture.El Prado exhibits paintings by more traditional artists like Goya or El Bosco. The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum shows key works in contemporary art history, while the Reina Sofía displays the breathtaking Gernika.
El barrio de las Letras (or the arts district)
This part of Madrid pays homage to the best Spanish Golden Age writers. Walk along Cervantes, Lope de Vega or Quevedo’s streets and read their quotes written all around the district. When you finish, you could have something to eat or drink in one of the many bars and restaurants in the area.
The streets of this trendy area of Madrid hide both traditional and chic bars, alternative stores and art galleries.
Barrio de Salamanca (or Salamanca district)
This is Madrid’s space for the well-off. Here you can find the most exclusive boutiques and the most expensive brands. Other very well-known monuments like the Alcalá Gate are also located in this area.
Madrid’s quintessential bohemian district. Appart from its varied cultural life in places like La Tabacalera, you can enjoy its many international food restaurants.
Walks along Madrid’s touristic spots.
Bars in la plaza Mayor.
This incredible square is surrounded by arcades where you can taste Madrid’s specialities. Try the famous churros con chocolate or the squid baguette sandwiches.
Calle Mayor y Puerta del Sol
Walk along this street and into Madrid’s history. In the 15th centuy, the Catholic Monarchs paraded on this street. Nowadays, it’s full of small shops. You can finish your stroll in the famous Puerta del Sol.
Tablaos flamencos (or flamenco venues)
The Spanish capital is famous for its venues to watch flamenco dances. The most famous is called el Corral de la Morería, but it’s also highly recommended to visit Torres Bermejas or Tablao cardamomo.