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Teleférico de Madrid

Critics' choice
Attractions

An extraordinary 2.5km (1.5-mile) trip over the Casa de Campo and Parque del Oeste in a cable car. The views of the Palacio Real, Río Manzanares, city...

Paseo del Pintor Rosales

El Sobrino de Botín

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

The world's oldest restaurant (with a signed Norris McWhirter certificate to prove it) is still coming up with the goods after nearly 300 years. For all its...

C/Cuchilleros 17

El Rastro

Shops

The city's most famous market dates back nearly five centuries. Stalls set up from 7am, with the hardcore bargain-hunters arriving soon afterwards. In...

C/Ribera de Curtidores
Tags: Market
Major venue

La Torre del Oro

Restaurants & cafés

It's smack on the Plaza Mayor, so don't expect any bargains, especially if you sit out in the square, but this Andalucían bar is the real deal, with...

Plaza Mayor 26

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Occupying an immense, slab-sided building, the Reina Sofía boasts an impressive façade with glass and steel lift-shafts, designed by British architect Ian...

C/Santa Isabel 52
Major venue

Museo del Prado

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Housed in a gigantic neo-classical building begun by Juan de Villanueva for King Charles III in 1785, the Prado is Madrid's best-known attraction. Charles...

Paseo del Prado s/n
Major venue

Bruin

Restaurants & cafés

A wonderfully old-fashioned ice-cream parlour, with a terrace overlooking the Parque del Oeste. In contrast to its 1950s feel, some of its 40 own-made...

Paseo del Pintor Rosales 48

Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

Attractions

More than 22,000 spectators can catch a bullfight in this, Spain's largest arena, completed in 1929. Like most early 20th-century bullrings, it is in...

C/Alcalá 237
Major venue

Convento de las Carboneras

Critics' choice
Shops

The Carboneras nuns make a selection of speciality cakes and biscuits including mantecados, yemas and almond biscuits. As this is a closed convent you buy...

Plaza Conde de Miranda 3

Hotel Emperador

Hotels

While the traffic speeds by on the Gran Vía outside, the Emperador has to deal with its own constant flow of student groups and tourists. The hotel is well...

Gran Vía 53

Marula

Bars & pubs, Clubs

This small venue serves as bar, club and live music venue. Tuesday nights are concert nights, and there are late-night jams midweek, but the place really...

C/Caños Viejos 3

Faro de Moncloa

Attractions

This radio and communications tower, at 92m (302ft), provides one of the best views of the whole of the city and the sierras in the distance. Diagrams along...

Avda de los Reyes Católicos

Jardín Botánico

Critics' choice
Attractions

Madrid's luscious botanical gardens were created for Charles III by Juan de Villanueva and the botanist Gómez Ortega in 1781. They are right alongside the...

Plaza de Murillo 2

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

When the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened in 1992, Madrid added the second point to its 'Golden Triangle'. The private collection of the late Baron...

Palacio de Villahermosa
Major venue

Bodegas Ricla

Restaurants & cafés

A tiny, bright and friendly mother-and-son operation, Bodegas Ricla does a great line in garlicky boquerones and an incongruous one in soft rock. Cheap but...

C/Cuchilleros 6
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