AUGUST 2021: Time Out’s annual DO List showcases the biggest, brightest and best things to do in the world’s greatest cities. When putting together this one, we kept in mind the restrictions that have been in place over the past 18 months, and the ones which are still present. We’ve tried to keep everything as up-to-date as possible, but we still recommend checking websites and calling ahead before visiting specific venues and attractions. In many cases, you’ll find that safety measures are still in place, like restricted visitor numbers, social distancing rules and mask-wearing. But don’t let any of that put you off – there’s still plenty of opportunities to have all the fun in the Spanish capital.
Answering the question ‘What should I do in Madrid?’ is tough – and not because it’s hard to find activities to occupy a passing-through traveller, a repeat tourist or an ever-curious local. Quite the opposite, in fact. The Spanish capital is a rare beast: a thriving city packed with achingly cool culture and nightlife that’s also wonderfully friendly. Make like the naturalised Madrileños and spend your days circling the latest art exhibition and your nights dining at one of our new favourite restaurants. And when the purse is a little more empty towards the end of the month, it’s time to make good use of all the excellent free things to do and a few of the city’s hidden gems. Have fun!
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