Discover the top things to do in Madrid
In order to get your bearings in this great city of five million inhabitants, it is worth making a note of its many landmarks that make Madrid an essential place to visit for even the most seasoned traveller. Surrounded by the city’s main shopping streets and attraction, the Villa Magna offers an exclusive and ideal location in Calle Serrano. Our luxury Hotel is the perfect place to stay while visiting Madrid.
Take a look at our top things to do and to see in Madrid.
Paseo de la Castellana
The Villa Magna is located on this six-kilometre-long avenue along with elegant palaces and skyscrapers. Thriving with economic and commercial activity, it is the axis that divides the city in two, from north to south. At the most northerly point is the Torre Bankia, designed by Norman Foster, which, with a height of 250 metres, makes it the tallest building in Spain and the fifth tallest in Europe.
Paseo del Prado
Paseo de la Castellana meets Paseo del Prado where you can find three major art museums: El Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. It is also replete with splendid cafés, beautiful buildings such as the Palacio de Linares, home to the Casa de America, and emblematic squares of Cibeles and Neptuno. If you are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle, head for the luscious greenery of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The Retiro Park
It is hard not to be marvelled by the beauty of this magnificent park, with its romantic spots such as the Rosaleda, the Parterre and the Crystal Palace, a resplendent space which organises interesting temporary exhibitions. The park is open every day of the year. Each season has its own distinctive charm; in spring it bursts into bloom; in summer it offers a respite from the heat; in autumn it brings a flourish of colour and in winter enjoy freshly baked chestnuts. It is also the perfect place for practicing sport.
Madrid de los Austrias
Madrid was born as the capital of Spain from the labyrinth of narrow pedestrian streets where historic landmarks such as the Plaza Mayor and the Palacio Real stand out. The Plaza Mayor is still as vibrant as ever, especially under the arcades, while the Palacio Real is well worth a visit to see its diverse collections. During the summer, the nearby Sabatini Gardens become the setting for flamenco, zarzuela and classical music performances. From there you can marvel at the city’s spectacular sunsets, a true local phenomenon thanks to Madrid’s clear skies. The terraces encircling the Plaza de Oriente are the best places to see them from.
Las Letras Neighbourhood
A profound facelift has made this already charming neighbourhood even more attractive. It owes its name to the fact that some of the most important writers of Spanish literature were born here. At the heart of the neighbourhood is the ever pulsating Plaza Santa Ana, from where a labyrinth of quiet streets lead off, inviting you to explore them and their antique shops and art galleries at your leisure.
Gran Vía / Puerta del Sol
Madrid’s busiest street is the Gran Vía, where cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues converge in the shadow of the showcase buildings of the twentieth century. It is linked by a pedestrian street, Preciados, with the Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid and the Kilometre Zero of the entire country. Here is where Calle de Alcalá starts, a symbol of the splendour of a bygone era; the Carrera de San Jerónimo, home of the Congreso, the Spanish Parliament, and the streets of Calle Mayor and Calle Arenal that lead, respectively, to the Plaza Mayor and the Teatro de la Ópera.
Las Ventas Bullring
Considered by bullfighters and experts to be the greatest bullring in the world, it is the second largest in diameter, only surpassed by the Plaza de Ronda, and the third largest in terms of capacity, after the bullrings of Mexico City and Valencia, in Venezuela. In May the Feria de San Isidro takes place when the very best of the season converge.