The Best Things to do in Madrid!

Best Things to do in Madrid in 2021

Looking for the best things to do in Madrid in 2021? I’m here to break down all of the most fun things to do in Madrid, Spain!

I was so excited when I found out that Spain has opened it’s borders to vaccinated travelers. 

I immidietly found cheap plane tickets and me and my lovely boyfriend traveled to Spain to discover the beautiful country!

We went to Madrid and Barcelona, so stay tuned for a lot of exciting blog posts and travel guides!

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Walk Around The City

I think my favorite thing to do in Madrid, and in Barcelona, is to walk around the streets of the city.

Madrid is honestly one of the prettiest cities I’ve been to. I really enjoyed walking around the streets of the city, watching the beautiful views, taking photos, and breathing in the magical vibes of Madrid.

In general, I always recommend “getting lost” in a city. It’s such a fun way to discover a new city!

Visit The Royal Palace of Madrid

Honestly, the Royal Palace of Madrid was one of the places I enjoyed the most in Madrid.

I’ve never been to a royal palace before, and it was such a fascinating experience!

In the tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid, you will go into many historical rooms in the castles, and learn a lot about the rooms, the design of the rooms and the items in front of you.

My favorite room in the palace was the dining room, which was the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen!

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Don’t Skip The Prado Museum!

Before visiting Madrid, I’ve read on every Madrid travel guide that the Prado Museum is a must-visit and you can’t skip this museum whether you are an art lover or not.

I am an art lover, and I really did enjoy this museum. Sadly though, because of the pandemic, only one part of the museum was open, the renaissance exhibitions.

I really enjoyed the museum, but I know there is a Picasso exhibition and a modern art exhibition that was open before the pandemic and is currently (as of June 2021) closed.

I still highly recommend visiting!

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Walk Around The El Retiro Park

El Retiro Park kind of seems like Madrid’s Central Park. I actually loved this park! It was so fun and peacefull.

My boyfriend and I rented an electric scooter and drove around the huge park with it, which was very fun.

It’s a perfect place for a picnic, eating lunch, or even walking around during sunset.

Don’t Miss The Rose Garden at El Retiro Park!

One of the main reasons why I wanted to visit El Retiro Park in the first place, is because I discovered a beautiful and FREE rose garden inside!

The Jardines del Buen Retiro is an insanely gorgeous and colorful rose garden located on the south side of El Retiro Park.

It is one of the most Instagramable places in Madrid, and is very romantic to walk around with your partner!

Explore The Gran Via Road

Gran Via Street is one of the most famous streets in Madrid, and honestly one of the prettiest.

It reminds me of Oxford Street in London and the 5th Ave in NYC. It is filled with stores, restaurants, people, live music, and I just loved walking around this street, exploring it, and also doing some shopping there as well.

Eat Lunch at Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor is a beautiful area in Madrid. It is pretty close to the Puerta Del Sol, only a few minutes’ walk away, and is a beautiful place to eat lunch/dinner, take pictures, and walk around the gift shops inside/outside of it.

I also highly recommend the Cerveceria Don Calamar restaurant. It’s on the right sight of Plaza Mayor. They offer delicious food, which also isn’t too expensive.

Go on a Toledo Day Trip

Sadly, I didn’t mark a Toledo day trip off my bucket list, but I will still recommend it since I know this is an absolute must-have while visiting Madrid!

We stayed in Madrid for only 3 days, so I wanted to make the most out of Madrid. But if we had an extra day, I would go there for sure!

Toledo is a beautiful, magical town located around an hour’s drive away from Madrid. You can get there by car or by train.

If you don’t want to go there alone, I highly recommend on going on a guided Toledo day trip with a company that will take care of transporation and everything you’ll need for you to have the perfect Toledo day trip!

Watch a Flamenco Performance

The Flamenco dance is a traditional Spanish dance in Spain. While visiting Madrid, or any city in Spain, I highly recommend watching a Flamenco performance.

Visit Puerta Del Sol

Puerta Del Sol is the first place we went to when we landed in Madrid. It is a beautiful area filled with shops and many delicious restaurants to eat at.

Go Out to a Rooftop at Gran Via

Since clubs are currently closed, rooftops are the ultimate nightlife hotspot in Spain!

As I said earlier, the Gran Via is one of the coolest and most popular streets in Madrid, and offers many beautiful rooftops as well!

I highly recommend checking out the Le Tavernier Gran Via rooftop!

Shop at The Mercado De Las Ranas

Lastly, one of the best things to do in Madrid in 2021 is to visit and shop at the Mercado De Las Ranas market!

Basically, it’s a nice flea market that is open only on Saturdays. You can find their many unique items such as clothing, accessories, souvenirs, and more!

best things to do in Madrid in 2021

And that’s it for today! These were the best things to do in Madrid!

What are you most excited to visit in Madrid? Let us know in the comments below!

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