Museo Nacional de Prado-
I don’t care if you aren’t a “museum kinda guy”, anyone can appreciate the European art collection in this place. Authentic statues and paintings attract visitors from all around the globe. One day honestly was not even enough for me, so definitely plan on going early in the morning and doing it from the start of the day.
Address: Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Royal Palace of Madrid-
A beautiful castle. Ornate decorations and stunning architecture, truly a marveling experience. Great place for photos, and to read up on the history of Madrid.
Address: Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain
Surrounded by delicious tapas bars. One of the main hub’s of Madrid. GREAT people watching with amazing and hilarious street performers. Great place to sit outside with a café con leche, or walk around with a cone of jamon. **watch out for gypsies here**
Address: Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Parque de Retiro-
Madrid’s classic park with fountains and paddle boats. Great for having picnics, playing futbol with local kiddos, truly just taking in the beauty that is Madrid. Photo opportunity necessary!!
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
One of the world’s largest flea markets. Absolutely incredible. If studying abroad there, plan a few Sunday mornings to go because just once is not enough. Buy anything from trendy jackets to sunglasses to rugs/ tapestries, literally anything. Gets crowded, but always fun.
Address: Calle Ribera de Curtidores, S/N, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid
Beautiful botanical gardens with trails. Very vibrant in the summer. Be careful if traveling in winter/ early spring- will not be open, but a must go if you are there in summer!
Address: Plaza de Murillo, 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Southside of the Guadarama mountain range. Absolutely STUNNING. Make it a day trip. Able to see snow, greenery, and Madrid off in the distance all in one hike. No need to be experienced. Worth the trek out.
How to Get There:
From the Plaza de Castilla (L1, L9, L10) you will need to go to the Intercambiador de Autobuses and take bus 724 to Manzanares El Real, roughly a 45-minute ride. The trip costs €4.50 each way. The bus can range in departure times from every 30 minutes to every hour. Be sure to check the schedule.
A note about the bus stop at Manzanares El Real:
Be sure to get off at the bus stop right next to the Manzanares El Real Castle and across from Eroski grocery store. You will find a Parks and Recreation office near the stop where you can get helpful assistance for the park.