Parque del Retiro - Full of sculptures and monuments this large central park was once owned by the Spanish aristocracy. Luckily it was eventually made available for public use and has become one of the most popular spots in the city. Not too far away stroll through the Botanical Gardens to the Prado Museum, home to over 20,000 individual pieces and one of the most visited sights in Madrid. The definitive place to enjoy Spanish art, it’s a must-see. Follow it up with a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum, yet another treasure trove of art, this time contemporary, with pieces from renowned artists including Picasso.
The Royal Palace of Madrid is yet another jewel in the crown of Madrid. With almost 3,500 rooms this massive structure is visually impressive and holds a vast collection of art dating back many hundreds of years. Visit another “royal” institution at the Bernabéu Stadium, home to the Real Madrid football club, one of the most popular and successful in the world. Hear the roars of the crowd as you watch a game among 85,000 other football fans.