The Spanish capital is a menagerie of beautiful boulevards and expansive parks just like the Buen Retiro. Madrid has a cultural richness including the works of Goya and Velázquez in the Prado Museum. The medieval La Latina has a busy Sunday El Rastro flea market and is popular for its thriving nightlife, theatres and tapas bars. Puerta del sol in central square houses the statue of the Bear and Strawberry Tree found on the city’s coat of arms, while the city is also home to two top football teams in Real Madrid and Athlético Madrid.
Ahead of your trip make sure you apply for your European Health Insurance Card to entitle you to free, or reduced cost healthcare, should you need it while you’re abroad.
Faro de Moncloa
The locals have an expression “From Madrid to Heaven” to describe the experience and atmosphere of this popular attraction. There are two panoramic lifts to take you up to the top of the 92 metre high viewpoint above the heart of the city’s Ciudad Universitaria. Faro de Moncloa was originally built as a transmission tower in 1992 before reopening to the public as an observation desk. Up here there are beautiful views of the Royal Palace, La Almudena Cathedral, the Telefónica building on Gran Vía, the Cuatro Torres Business Area as well as the peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range.
Madrid City Tour
Without question, the easiest way of discovering the many delights of Madrid is by open-top bus, the tickets are reasonably priced and you’ll be provided with a headset to translate the information from the tour-guide. Along the journey you can hop on or off the bus, whenever or wherever you like as often as you like, which is great if you want to take a closer look at one of the sites or simply stop for a bite of lunch and a rest.
Ranging from $47 for 24 hours to $77 for 120 hours (based on adult prices, there are reduced rates for children), the Madrid Pass is the must-have card for all tourists as is allows you entry to over 50 museums within the city as well as generous discounts in a number of shops and restaurants. With this pass you can skip the queues and have more time to enjoy the delights of the Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Royal Palace, the Wax Museum and many others, before long the card will have paid for itself.
Explore the home ground of Real Madrid, the most successful Spanish team and among the biggest clubs in Europe. Get up close and personal with the team dressing room as well as the impressive trophy room and on-site museum. With on-field video screens you’ll learn more than ever before about the incredible legacy of the historic football club.