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Ananda

Clubs

This is the mother of all club terraces: the enormous 2,000-square-metre complex comes complete with two dancefloors (one indoors and one out), ten bars and...

Estación de Atocha
Major venue

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

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

Macumba

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Friday night is Danzoo; Saturdays see Sunflowers for an Ibizan vibe and lots of go-go dancers; but the really crowd-puller is Space of Sound on Sundays....

Estación de Chamartín
Major venue

Madrid Arena

Music

A behemoth of a venue, refurbished just a few years ago, and well laid out, with good facilities and great acoustics. There are plenty of macro-raves here...

Casa del Campo
Tags: Rock
Major venue

Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

Critics' choice
Museums

This undervisited museum is in fact one of Madrid's most important and oldest permanent artistic institutions (it was founded in 1794). The eclectic...

C/Alcalá 13
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

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 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

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 Madrid

Sport, health & fitness

The club has won no titles other than the Spanish equivalent of the Charity Shield in recent seasons. It has suffered all manner of behind-the-scenes...

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Paseo de la Castellana 144
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

Teatro Real

Critics' choice
Music

Shaped like a compressed oval, the interior of the city's opera house is breathtakingly ornate compared with its sombre façade, and one of the most...

Plaza de Isabel II
Major venue