There is a lot to see and do in Madrid but if you are only staying for a short period of time you may want to check out these popular attractions:
El Rastro Flea Market Ribera de Curtidores
El Rastro is a bustling outdoor market, one of the largest in Madrid. It is a very popular tourist attraction because it is possible to get a real taste of Spanish living and buy some local crafts. Everything is available for sale at the market, from clothes to jewellery, food to kitchen utensils. If you want to browse and shop like a local then don’t miss out on El Rastro. It is open on Sundays and holidays from 09.00 to 15.00. Go early when it is quieter!
The Prado is one of the most famous art museums in the whole world and is home to a number of incredible masterpieces. Works of art dating as far back as the 12th century are displayed at the museum. It is one of the most visited attractions in the whole of Madrid. If you are on a budget then go on a Sunday when entrance is free.
Retiro Park – Plaza de Independencia
This park offers some quiet solitude in the middle of the bustling city. Its leafy paths and beautiful grounds are perfect for a stroll or even a run if you are feeling energetic. On Sundays there are often Punch and Judy shows as well as tarot readers and a few other stalls too. There are plenty of cafes and small bars in the park too where you can stop for a cold drink or snack.
If you only have a little time to enjoy Madrid then make sure you don’t miss out on these popular attractions.