6 Cool Things to Do in Madrid
Booked your group accommodation in one of the great hostels in Madrid? It's not hard to create an itinerary to experience the city up close and personal with friends or a school group. Here are some o...
Booked your group accommodation in one of the great hostels in Madrid? It's not hard to create an itinerary to experience the city up close and personal with friends or a school group. Here are some of the great things to do in the city that will give you a good overview of its attractions.
Take in Madrid from the Circulo de Bellas Artes – For just a few euros you can head up to the terrace of this iconic hub for home-grown artists for a pretty awesome view of the entire city. You can find other buildings with great views, of course, but they’re either usually hotels, casinos or restaurants that can eat up quite a bit of cash and this is free.
Watch Games at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – Football fans simply must put this iconic stadium on their list of attractions to check out. It will be easily accessible from your group accommodation, whether to take advantage of a scheduled game or to simply explore the museum attached to the stadium itself.
Sign Up for a Cultural Tour or Two – If you have no particular museum in mind to check out on your own, then why not sign up for a cultural tour instead? A guide can show you around the many repositories of art and architecture in the city, and it's a great way to get a picture of Madrid’s through the ages. You could also sign up for an open-top bus tour to explore the city.
Explore the Casa de Campo – If you need a bit of rest and relaxation away from the social atmosphere of your group accommodation, Madrid has quite a few parks, with the Casa de Campo being the biggest one in the city. If you thought that New York’s Central Park was big, you may be surprised to know that the Casa de Campo is roughly five times larger than its American counterpart!
Shop Around the Stalls of El Rastro – Shopaholics rejoice! Madrid’s oldest flea market is still going strong, with a veritable tide of people flowing through the neighbourhood of Embajadores on Sundays. If you want to avoid the crowds, get there early in the morning. If you like the energy of a crowd, however, then go there any time you want!
Soak in the Nightlife at Malasaņa – If you’re raring to get out of your group accommodation to see what Madrid has to offer at night, then you’ll want to hit up the various bars and clubs found in the streets of Malasaņa. There are plenty of choices here, and you'll no doubt be able to easily find the type of place that suits your tastes – house, dance, pop, indie or whatever gets your blood pumping.
Keep all these attractions in mind to get a true taste of what Madrid has to offer.
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