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Chuckwalla

Those who say there isn't much to do in Madrid are wrong. I've found 100 things to do in Spain's capital. Beat that, Barcelona!

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And if you don't want to take my word for it and would prefer a few (thousand) second opinions, Tripadvisor has over 200 things to do in Madrid with lots of user comments: Tripadvisor's Things to Do in Madrid.

It would take you months to get through everything on this page. Why not spend a few months here and learn the language? I named Madrid my best place to Learn Spanish in Spain.

Cheap Things to Do in Madrid

If you plan on doing a lot of these activities, you might want to consider a discount card. Read more about the Madrid Card to make sure it is worth the money. You can also save some money by sticking to the items on these lists:

See also: What's Madrid's No.1 Must-See Sight?


    100 Things to Do in Madrid: By Subject and By District


    If you know what type of activity you're looking for, check out this breakdown of my list of 100 Things to Do in Madrid

      But the best way to tackle Madrid is to split the city up into districts. Listed in order of relevance to tourists, the first few of these should take you a day (or a half-day if you're in a hurry), though check out each of these pages as all of the districts have something to see.

      Scroll down for the full list of my 100 Things to Do in Madrid.


      Ten Things to Do near Sol & Gran Via


      Sol is Madrid's most famous plaza and Gran Via is its most famous street. The two are tourist magnets that you may be tempted to hurry away from as quickly as you can. But there are some little secrets right in the eye of the storm that are worth checking out.


      Ten Things to Do in Madrid de las Austrias


      Madrid's oldest district and likely to be one of the main focal points of your trip to the capital.


      Ten Things to Do in La Latina


      Famous for tapas and its Sunday morning market, but there's much more to La Latina than just these things.


      Ten Things to Do in Malasana & Chueca


      The trendy districts to the north of Gran Via. Malasaña is the bohemian district, Chueca is nominally gay; both are a lot of fun.


      Top Five Things to Do in Huertas


      Another old district of Madrid, Huertas has some of the best - and worst - bars in Madrid. Ernest Hemmingway used to frequent this part of town.


      Top Five Things to Do Around Paseo del Prado


      Paseo del Prado is one of Madrid's most majestic boulevards, with some of the city's most important museums close at hand. Madrid's famous park, El Retiro, is near here.


      Top Ten Things to Do in Lavapies


      One of the poorer districts of Madrid, Lavapies' mix of immigrants and trendy youngsters are making this part of town one of the coolest places to be.


      Top Five Things to Do in Casa de Campo


      Madrid's other famous park, Casa de Campo, is a bit further away than El Retiro but also offers a number of worthwhile attractions.


      Top Five Things to Do in Barrio Salamanca


      Madrid's most chic district, with a few good museums around here too.


      Top Ten Things to Do Elsewhere in Madrid


      Away from Madrid's most touristy districts, there are still plenty of things to do.


      Twenty Things to Do Outside of Madrid


      But wait! When you think you've got enough out of Madrid, you still have some of the region's amazing array of towns and villages to visit.

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