MADRID BUCKET LIST

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Center (Gran Vía – Sol)

  1. Take a picture of the Casa de la Panaderia in Plaza Mayor.
  2. Enjoy chocolate con churros at San Ginés.
  3. See a musical on Gran Vía.
  4. Take in the city’s best views from the top of Círculo de Bellas Artes on Calle Alcalá.
  5. See Kilometer Zero in Sol, where all roads in Spain stem from.
  6. Admire the Plaza de la Villa where the old Town Hall used to be.
  7. Try having a Madrileño cocido at La Bolaor La Daniela.
  8. Admire Madrid from above at the Gourmet Experience shop on the top of El Corte Inglés in Callao.
  9. Have a fried calamari sandwich at El Brillante or Casa Rúa.
  10. Visit la Puerta de Alcalá.
  11. Enjoy something sweet at the famous La Mallorquina.
  12. Go shopping on calle Preciados.
  13. Taste Iberian Ham and tapas at Museo de Jamon.
  14. People watch in Plaza Mayor.
  15. Shop and admire the Architecture along Gran Vía.
  16. Discover the Plaza Dos de Mayo. Birthplace of the Movida.
  17. Visit Museum of Romanticism.
  18. Take a picture with El Oso y el Madroño in Sol.
  19. Take a picture of the Metropolis building between Gran Via and calle Alcala.
  20. Live the Hipster lifestyle in Malasana.
  21. Eat cod at Casa Labra or at Casa Revuelta.
  22. Visit City Hall and take in views of Madrid from the top of the roof!

Opera

  1. Go to see an opera at the Royal Theatre with the proper dress code.
  2. Visit the Palacio Real and the Plaza de Oriente.
  3. Visit the Almudena cathedral.
  4. Stroll through Sabatini’s gardens.
  5. Visit the Monastery of the Encarnación in the Plaza de la Encarnación.
  6. Walk along calle Arenal from the Royal Theatre to Puerta del Sol.

Plaza de España and Argüelles

  1. Take a picture of Templo Deblo at sunset.
  2. Check out the massive rose garden La Rosaleda at Parque del Oeste.
  3. Go to the top of the Faro de Moncloa for a panoramic view of the city.
  4. Visit Don Quijote and Sancho Panza at Plaza de España.
  5. Check out Torre de Madrid and Edificio España, two of Madrid’s oldest skyscrapers.
  6. Eat at the legendary Subterranean Chinese Restaurant(in the parking under Plaza de España).

Barrio de Las Letras/Huertas/Paseo del Prado

  1. Enjoy the amazing works of art in the Museo del Prado.
  2. Eat a good ration of patatas bravasat the famous Las Bravas.
  3. Visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
  4. See Picasso’s”Guernica” in the Reina Sofía Museum.
  5. Check out Caixa Forum’s vertical garden on Paseo del Prado.
  6. Have breakfast at The Palace Hotel Having and take in the views of the dome that was used as a hospital during the Civil War.
  7. Visit the Botanical Garden and enter in its greenhouse.
  8. Walk Carrera de San Jerónimo from Paseo del Prado to Puerta del Sol and take a picture of Congreso de los Diputados.
  9. Take in the tropical garden of Atocha and hop on a train to another city of Spain.
  10. Sit on one of the terraces at Plaza de Santa Ana.
  11. Have a few pinchos at calle Huertas.
  12. Enjoy good jazz music at Café Central.
  13. Relax at the garden in Lope de Vega’s house and feeling a writer of the Spanish Golden Century.
  14. Visit the Flower Market at Plaza de Tirso de Molina.
  15. Buy candies at La Violetaand taste the typical Madrileño sweet.

Barrio de Lavapies

  1. Have dinner seated at the terrace of one of the Indian restaurants.
  2. Watch the sunset from the terrace of Gau&Café while eating berenjenas con miel.
  3. Check out theatres and art exhibitions in the Matadero.
  4. Go the second weekend of every month to the Railway Museum and enjoying its Mercado de Motores.

Barrio de La Latina

  1. Check out the neighborhood La Latina for tapas on a Sunday.
  2. See the relic of San Isidro in the Church of San Isidro.
  3. Eat at the World’s Oldest Restaurant Sobrino de Botin on calle de Los Cuchilleros.
  4. Stroll along the Cava Baja and Cava Alta.
  5. Have tapas atMercado de San Miguel.
  6. Go treasure hunting in the Rastro.
  7. Eat fried eggs with potatoes at Casa Lucio.
  8. Visit Plaza de la Paja.

Barrio de Salamana and Retiro

  1. Run the entire perimeter at Retiro
  2. Stroll along the Golden Mile of calle Serrano and calle Ortega y Gasset to window shop.
  3. See the Palacio de Cristal in Retiro Park.
  4. Take out a boat on the Retiro pond without getting wet!

Paseo de la Castellana

  1. Hop on bus number 27 and go all up and down Castellana.
  2. Go to Plaza de Colón and stroll through the Gardens of Discovery.
  3. See the four towers from Chamartin
  4. Visit the National Library in the Plaza de Colón.

Sports and Recreation

  1. Go to Vicente Calderon stadium to attend an Atletico de Madrid football match.
  2. Attend Madrid Sports Palace to watch Real Madrid play basketball.
  3. Run in an organized race.
  4. Celebrate a football triumph at Cibeles or Neptuno fountain.
  5. Sit at the Santiago Bernabeucoach bench and touch the field during a visit to the stadium.

Casa de Campo

  1. Go bike riding or to the public swimming pool in Casa de Campo.
  2. Visit the newest panda bears at the zoo.
  3. Have roasted chicken with salad at Casa Mingo.
  4. Admire Madrid’s skyline from the Teleférico.
  5. Take a stroll along Madrid Rio’s Riverside Walk.
  6. Ride the Abismoat the Parque de Atracciones.

Experience de Madrid al Cielo

  1. Attend the San Isidro Fair and local festivals!
  2. See the bullring of Las Ventas.
  3. Eat Callos at Restaurant Malacatin.
  4. See a Flamenco show at one of the city’s multiple Tablao bars.
  5. Take a cooking class to perfect your Tortilla Española.
  6. Send a typical Madrid postcard to friends and family.
  7. Take a Flamenco dance lesson.
  8. Learn to play authentic Spanish guitar at Manzanero’s guitars.

Around Madrid

  1. Visit the Sierra de Madrid for hiking, natural swimming pools, and more!
  2. Spend the day at el Escorial.
  3. See the house where Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares.
  4. Check out the gardens of El Capricho park.
  5. Walk through the gardens of the Palacio de Aranjuez.
  6. Take a bus and see the Castle of Chinchón.
  7. Visit other cities like Toledo, Segovia, Avila, or go even further like Granada, Córdoba, or Valencia!
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SO, HOW’D YOU DO? 
Add up the number of things you’ve checked off to find out.
  • 1-20: You’d better get off your butt and start exploring! Or maybe you’ve just arrived, in which case, welcome to Madrid!
  • 21-40: You’ve scratched the surface, but you have a lot more to do!
  • 41-70:   Congrats! You’ve done a ton but have left a few things for your next visit.
  • 71-100:  Seriously? You’re practically Madrileño by now!
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