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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

Gorongoro

Attractions

This well-equipped play centre is close to the Retiro and the Goya shopping area.

Avda de Felipe II 34

Iglesia-Catedral de San Isidro (La Colegiata)

Attractions

Still popularly known as La Colegiata, this massive church, built in 1622-33 once formed part of an important Jesuit college attended by many of the Golden...

C/Toledo 37

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

La Residencia de Estudiantes

Attractions, Museums

From its foundation in 1910 until the war in 1936, The Residencia de Estudiantes was the most vibrant cultural centre in Madrid, and a powerful innovative...

C/Pinar 21-23
Free

Museo De Los Origenes

Attractions, Museums

Dedicated to the city's patron saint, the well-digger and labourer San Isidro, this museum sits on the spot where he supposedly lived and performed one of...

Plaza de San Andrés 2
Free

Observatorio Astronómico

Attractions, Museums

One of Charles III's scientific institutions, the Observatorio was completed after his death in 1790. Beautifully proportioned, it is Madrid's finest...

C/Alfonso XII 3
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 de Cristal

Attractions, Museums

This 1880s glass and wrought-iron construction, an outpost of the Reina Sofía, is a lovely, luminous space for viewing art. Shows here often involve...

Parque del Retiro
Free

Palacio de Hielo

Attractions, Sport, health & fitness

The Ice Palace is a huge leisure complex dominated by a 1,800-square-metre ice rink. With a curling and skating school, a 24-lane bowling alley and a...

C/Silvano 77

Palacio de Liria

Art, Attractions, Museums

This sober, neo-classical palace, completed in 1783 and refurbished in the 1910s by Edwin Lutyens, is still very much the private property of Spain's...

C/Princesa 20
Free

Palacio de Velázquez

Art, Attractions, Museums

Built by Ricardo Velázquez for a mining exhibition in 1883, this pretty brick and tile building amid the trees of the Retiro is topped by large iron and...

Parque del Retiro
Free

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

Parque de Atracciones

Attractions

A funfair with something for everyone. The wildest ride is El Abismo, The Abyss, which is a 49-metre high roller that follows a 450-metre route of scary...

Casa de Campo