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Centro Cultural Conde Duque

Critics' choice
Attractions

Housed in a former barracks, built in the 18th century for Philip V's guard by Pedro de Ribera, the magnificently restored Conde Duque is a multipurpose...

C/Conde Duque 11
Free

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Critics' choice
Attractions

The Círculo de Bellas Artes occupies a superb building, designed by Antonio Palacios and completed in 1926. It is a key player in every aspect of the Madrid...

C/Alcalá 42 & C/Marqués de Casa Riera 2

Fundación Juan March

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This cultural foundation, set up by the wealthy financier Juan March in 1955, is one of the most important in Europe. Each year, a couple of major...

C/Castelló 77
Free

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

La Casa Encendida

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums

This exciting new multidisciplinary centre in a large neo-Mudéjar building was conceived as a space for cultural interchange. Spread over four floors, the...

Ronda de Valencia 2
Free

Palacio de Comunicaciones

Critics' choice
Attractions

Newcomers to Madrid find it hard to believe that this extraordinary construction, dwarfing the Plaza de Cibeles and regularly compared to a sandcastle or a...

Plaza de Cibeles

Palacio Real (Palacio de Oriente)

Critics' choice
Attractions

Commissioned by Philip V after the earlier Alcázar was lost to a fire in 1734, the Royal Palace is rarely used by the royal family, and many of its 3,000...

Plaza de Oriente
Major venue

Real Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Critics' choice
Attractions

The convent of the Descalzas Reales ('Royal Barefoot Nuns') is the most complete 16th-century building in Madrid and still houses a cloistered community. It...

Plaza de las Descalzas 3
Major venue

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