With its impressive roster of world-class museums, royal palaces, and scenic parks, here's everything to do and see in the Spanish capital of Madrid.
Known for its history, art scene, and incredible culinary delights, Madrid is a must for any traveler. When you’re not eating and drinking your fill (or indulging in a much-needed siesta), get inspired by visiting one of the many murals, rooftop bars, parks, and museums the city offers. Most of Madrid’s main attractions sit within walking distance from one another, so with a little determination, you can tackle them all in just a few days. Tapas bars, busy plazas, outdoor markets, and hidden hotspots, taking in all Madrid has to offer can be daunting, especially if you plan to dabble in the city’s other major claim to fame: sundown-to-sunup nightlife. From people-watching at the world-famous Plaza Mayor to prestigious art at Museo del Prado and exquisite tapas and unmissable rooftop bars, these are the 20 things you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the sunny capital. INSIDER TIPIf you’d like to get a glimpse of most of the major sites but don’t enjoy crowds or wandering around, grab your camera, purchase a ticket on the Hop-on/Hop-off double-decker bus and try to grab a seat on the top deck. It’s a great option if you’re traveling with family, older people, or children. It will also help you get your bearings before you venture out on your own. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you start to recognize places.