Things to Do


Flamenco Shows

  • Lots of bars have daily shows.
  • Look out for discounts in papers and magazines.
  • Sometimes you can catch flamenco dancers doing performances on the street outside of the Palacio Real.

Sporting Events

Futbol, or soccer, in Madrid is huge. Take advantage of our campus’ vicinity to Santiago Bernabeu and go see Real Madrid play! After all, Spain won the 2008 EuroCup.

  • The cheaper tickets are for teams that they don’t have a big rivalry with. So if you just want to experience a game and not pay a lot of euros for it, buy your ticket early and make sure they are not playing a team like F.C. Barcelona.


Retiro is Madrid’s Central Park. On a nice day, grab a baguette and a bottle of wine, call up some friends, and have a picnic in the park. There is also a lake in the middle of Retiro, where you can rent a paddle boat and go for a row.


Prado (between metro Bancode Espana and Atocha)

  • Largest museum in Western Europe
  • Don’t Miss: Velazquez (Las Meninas), Goya, Greco
  • The hour before closing is free but there is usually a long line

Reina Sofia (metro Atocha)

  • Houses contemporary Spanish art
  • Picasso’s Guernica is a must see, also contains works of Miroand Dali
  • The hour before closing is free
  • Walk down Paseo del Prado to get from the Prado to the Reina Sofia. It’s a really fun and artsy street.

Thyssen (metro Bancode Espanaand Sevilla)

  • Used to be a private collection
  • A lot smaller than the Reina Sofia and the Prado
  • Don’t miss Tiziano, Tintoretto, and Van der Heyden


Madrid may not be as touristy as the rest of Europe, but we like it that way. And, there are still tons of things to see.

Palacio Real (metro Opera)The Royal Palace, former home to the royal family, is gorgeous. The rooms are mostly kept intact so you can get an actual feeling of what it would have been like to live there.

Catedral de la Almudena (metro Opera)This is the biggest cathedral in Madrid and is located right across from the Palacio Real. The design of the cathedral is very different from other cathedrals that you will see while you are in Europe.

Templo De Debold

  • Ancient Egyptian temple rebuilt in Madrid
  • Located in the Parquede Rosales, with a great view of Casa de Campo
  • Ask your intercambioto take you here, its especially pretty at sunset

Plaza de Espana

  • Usually filled with street vendors and tourists
  • Located at the end of Gran Via
  • In the middle of the plaza there is a statue of Cervantes and his characters, Don Quijoteand SanchoPanza

Plaza Mayor

  • Main plaza of Madrid
  • Usually filled with street performers, tourists, and locals andlined with restaurants, tourist shops, and bars
  • Very close to Sol
  • A lot of festivities take place here (i.e. dos de mayo) and it’s a great place to people-watch on a sunny day.

Goya’sTomb (Panteonde Goya)

  • Beautiful fresco paintings, done by Goya himself
  • A lesser known site, but a beautiful church, well worth seeing.

Teleférico(metro Arguelles)

  • A cable car that traverses the Casa delCampo
  • Great views of Madrid
  • When you get off in Casa de Campo, explore for a bit before you get back on.

Retail Shopping

Puerta del Sol

•Great shopping (Zara, H&M, Bershka, etc).

Goya (métrostop)

•Great commercial shops and classy department stores.

•Take advantage of Zara being so cheap compared to NYC.

El Corte Inglés (There are two big stores: one in Sol and one up by campus, in the other direction from the school of the Santiago Bernabeumétrostop)

•Huge Department Store, the only place you can walk in to buy bread, milk, and cereal and walk out with the new limited edition Louis Vuitton bag.

•You can buy everything from deck furniture to perfume.

•Corte Inglés supermarkets are separate


The Rastro (La Latina)

  • Go early on Sundays, as it gets busy and it’s not great with too many people.
  • Congregation of vendors of all types of goods.
  • Good for little souvenirs for family and friends.
  • Really fun to walk around.

The Mercado de la Cebada (La Latina-just steps from the metro stop on C/Toledo)

  • Awsome fresh fruits, veggies, meat, etc.

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