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Catedral de la Almudena

Attractions

This is not Spain's most impressive cathedral, and it's something of a miracle that it exists at all. For centuries, Church and State could not agree on...

C/Bailén 10
Major venue

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

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

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

Real Palacio de El Pardo

Attractions

In 1405 Henry III constructed a hunting lodge here, but the first monarch to take a really serious interest in El Pardo's excellent deer and game hunting...

C/Manuel Alonso
Major venue