Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial

    Royal monastery
    An excursion to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, roughly 60 km northwest of Madrid, is well worthwhile. The building represents the beginning of Herrera architecture, and has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from the royal monastery, there are also a library, various ancillary buildings such as the ministries and service buildings, and the House of the Infants and House of the Queen. You become fully aware of the extent of the vast complex when you consider that there are 15 cloisters, 13 chapels, 86 stairways, 88 fountains, over 1600 paintings, 9 towers and 73 sculptures. You can get here on a no. 664 or 661 bus from Intercambiador de Moncloa. Closed on Mondays.
    Calle Juan de Borbón y Battemberg
    San Lorenzo de El Escorial 28200
    +34 91 890 59 04
  • Palacio Real

    City palace
    The Royal Palace (Palacio Real) is the city palace of Madrid and the official residence of the Spanish royal family. However, the family no longer lives here, but only uses the vast halls for representative purposes and state receptions. A large part of the palace is open to the public, and shouldn’t be missed on a visit to Madrid. Be sure to combine it with a visit to the Catedral Almudena it’s very close.
    Calle de Bailén
    Madrid 28071
    +34 91 454 87 00
  • Catedral Almudena

    There were already plans for a cathedral in the 16th century, although it was not completed until 1993, when it was also consecrated by Pope John Paul II and named the Episcopal church of the archbishopric Madrid. Although begun in the neo-Gothic style, the cathedral was actually built in the neo-classic style to match the adjoining Royal Palace which is also well worth a visit. In fact, visiting the two together is a perfect excursion.
    Calle de Bailén, 10
    Madrid 28013
    +34 91 542 22 00
  • Plaza Mayor

    120 m long and 94 m wide: the majestic Plaza Mayor at the heart of Madrid was once a centre for bullfighting, executions and religious festivals. The equestrian statue is of Philip II, who had the square built between 1617 and 1619. Today it is home to a government building, restaurants and cafés.
    Plaza Mayor
    Madrid 28005
  • Calle Serrano

    Smartest shopping street
    Calle Serrano, the smart and exclusive shopping street, is in the equally smart and exclusive area of Salamanca. Carolina Herrera, Hoss, La Perla, Prada, Longchamp and Roberto Veriono nestle here cheek by jowl. Just go for a stroll. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, you’ll enjoy the sights and the well-dressed people.
    Calle Serrano
    Madrid 28001
  • El Rastro

    Flea market
    El Rastro is probably Spain’s best-known flea market. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. you can rifle through the (more or less carefully preserved) antiques, bric-a-brac and junk, and maybe find the occasional bargain or just something that delights you. But don’t be too late, because some of the stallholders start to dismantle their stalls at 3.30 p.m.
    Plaza de Cascorro
    Madrid 28005
  • Calle Fuencarral

    Coolest shopping street
    Patent leather and leather shops in Chueca form the beginning of this popular street at the heart of Madrid. They are followed by well-known labels such as Mango and Diesel as well as the popular Spanish labels Custo and Desigual. Fortunately, though, there are also lots of little shops, including shoe shops. An absolute highlight is the crazy «Mercado de Fuencarral» shopping centre (no. 45). Dare you to look at the luxurious items!
    Calle Fuencarral
    Madrid 28010

  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

    Modern art
    Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece «Guernica» has been hanging in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia since 1992. The Museum of Modern Art opened in 1986. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, there are also regular special exhibitions.
    Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
    Madrid 28012
    +34 91 774 10 00
  • Museo Nacional del Prado

    Most significant art collection
    The famous Prado, which houses one of the world’s most important art collections in the 1785 neo-classic building – over 7000 works, including 400 sculptures – is one of the musts in Madrid. A large majority of the exhibition rooms is dedicated to Spain’s three most important artists: Velazquez, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes and El Greco. The star among the masterpieces is «Las Meninas», painted by Velazquez in 1656, and which is also known throughout the world as «La Familia de Felipe IV». Tip: Book your tickets online in advance.
    Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
    Madrid 28014
    +34 91 330 28 00
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza

    The breathtaking Palacio de Villahermosa houses the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, which was moved to Madrid from Lugano in Switzerland in 1992. Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza collected a cross section of European art that ranges from 13th century sacral art to the Pop movement and the avant-garde.
    Paseo del Prado 8
    Madrid 28014
    +34 90 276 05 11


La Casa del Pez is the place to be. Just four words: Gin and Tonics Deluxe! Ok, and maybe a few more: this place is tiny with a very cool, laid-back crowd. It’s not at all like the average gin-and-tonic bars that keep popping up everywhere. And the guys behind the bar really know their stuff!

Bar La Casa del Pez
Calle de Jesús del Valle, 1
Madrid 28004

+34 915 21 31 41

Museo Sorolla – beautiful. If the queues to the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen are too much, this small and as-yet little known museum is a pretty alternative, with artwork by Sorolla and a well-kept garden.

Museo Sorolla
Paseo del General Martínez Campos, 37
Madrid 28010
+34 91 310 15 84