At CARBON, we have made a list of the best places to visit in Madrid that will help you fully enjoy Spain’s capital, a city that, in addition to being fascinating, stands out for being a city that never sleeps.
Perfect for getting lost in the streets of its liveliest neighbourhoods, visit museums, go shopping in the centre, or relax strolling through some of its green spaces. Madrid is the ideal city to make a getaway and taste its excellent gastronomy, either in one of its markets or taking a tapas route through its most famous places.
- Gran Via
Gran Vía is the most famous street to see in Madrid and an essential walk for all those who visit the city for the first time.
Its construction dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when significant buildings such as Grassy, Telefónica or the Metropolis Building, one of our favourites in the city, were erected.
In addition, this artery concentrates some of the largest shopping centres and is next to Fuencarral street, one of the best places to go shopping. It is famous for its large theatres, in which we can see some of the best plays and musicals of the moment.
To have the best view of Gran Vía with the famous Schweppes sign in the foreground and the Torre Madrid building in the background, you can go up to the top floor of El Corte Inglés in Callao and have a drink on its terrace.
2. Circulo de Bellas Artes
At the end of Gran Vía is one of the best viewpoints in Madrid, the terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Circle).
The rooftop of this private cultural centre, founded in 1880 by a small group of artists, is perfect for having a drink at sunset with a unique view of the city, made up of the Metropolis Building and the start of Gran Vía.
I could say that Malasaña is the most fabulous neighbourhood in Madrid. It is a trendy neighbourhood although it has experienced many changes in recent decades. Today, modern restaurants and second-hand shops coexist with traditional bars and traditional markets. It is also one of the most popular party areas in the city. In addition, its streets are full of murals and are ideal for taking photos. Malasaña will make you fall in love with its alternative vibe, its vintage stores, markets, bookstores, independent theatres, designer bars, young people and lively nightlife.
Next to Malasaña is the Chueca neighbourhood, one of the benchmark places for the LGTB community in Europe and another of the must-visit places in Madrid.
In addition to the great and good atmosphere at all hours, especially after sunset, it is impossible to get bored in this neighborhood thanks to its endless offer of bars, restaurants, art galleries, tattoo workshops, and even sex shops.
5. Mercado de San Miguel
Located right in the centre, the San Miguel Market is a meeting point for lovers of good gastronomy and one of the most emblematic markets to see in Madrid.
This covered market is famous for its fantastic iron architecture and its more than 30 stalls that allow you to try many of Spain’s products and typical dishes such as Iberian ham, seafood from Galicia or Manchego cheese.
6. Parque del Retiro
To disconnect from the noise of Madrid, you can take a pleasant walk through the famous Retiro Park.
In this historical park, you will find from a huge artificial pond, which has the Monument to Alfonso XII on one of the sides and where you can rent a little boat to take a walk, to the beautiful Crystal Palace, which will make you fall in love at first sight.
7. El Rastro
The Rastro is the most important open-air market in the city, on a Sunday morning to find a bargain.
In this second-hand market with more than 400 years of history, you will find hundreds of stalls with all kinds of items such as furniture, souvenirs, old books, coins, records, crafts or stickers, among others many things.
To take a good photo, we recommend you go up to the terrace of Nuevas Galerías.