Things to do in Madrid
A selection of charming places for a one or two-day break from the hustle and bustle of the capital less than an hour away from the city by car.
Anyone having doubts about travelling solo to Madrid should know that the Spanish capital has numerous options for having fun without feeling lonely.
Where you once would have found the old Ciudad Deportiva sports facilities of Real Madrid, today stand four impressive skyscrapers with jaw-dropping views and a promising future.
Located at the foot of the north façade of the Royal Palace, this French-inspired green space is one of the best places to watch the sun go down in the Spanish capital.
Take to the skies of Madrid by cable car, an attraction that opened in 1969 and travels to the biggest park in the city, reaching an altitude of 40 m with spectacular views.
60 kilometres to the north-east of Madrid, this fabled mountain village—a fine example of the region’s so-called ‘black architecture’—is perfect for a rural break.
The reservoir built in 1955 is the only one in the Madrid Autonomous Region in which swimming and water sports are permitted.
The Real Sitio del Pardo, which has been fenced off since the eighteenth century, has for centuries served as the winter residence and favourite hunting ground of Spain’s royal family.
The first train station in the capital, inaugurated in 1851, is Spain’s primary railway station and stands out for its late-nineteenth-century canopy.