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Culture Lover’s Guide to Madrid

Culture Lover’s Guide to Madrid

From the masterpieces of the Prado to vibrant flamenco bars, Madrid is packed with cultural attractions and diversions. Here are some ways to experience the cultural side of Spain’s capital, whether it’s experiencing its great art museums or the everyday buzz of its hidden neighborhoods.

 

Visit Madrid’s Art Museums

Madrid’s Prado is one of Europe’s greatest art galleries and home to works by Goya, Titian, and Velazquez. Alongside the Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, it forms the “Golden Triangle”—a must-see for art lovers. Long lines are frequent at each, so consider prebooking admission and skip-the-line tickets to speed up your visits. The museums line Madrid’s Paseo del Prado, and their collections warrant an in-depth look, so consider a tour that covers all three and features a guide’s insight on their art.

 

Escape to Retiro Park

Unwind in Retiro Park, the locals’ favorite relaxation spot and inextricably entwined with Madrid’s culture and history. Head here independently to enjoy the woodlands, lawns, and boating lake; or book a tour to ensure you view all the must-sees, including the stunning Glass Pavilion, and hear the stories behind them.

 

Explore the Bernabeu

Madrid is crazy for football (soccer), and its Bernabeu stadium—home to Real Madrid—is one of Europe’s most hallowed. Experience the arena’s atmosphere and key areas on a tour, and feel the pulse of the city’s diehard football culture.

 

Catch Madrid’s Flamenco and Nightlife

Madrid is known for its high-qualitytablaos (flamenco bars), which showcase this exhilarating dance form. Be sure to prebook—tickets go fast—and consider tours that include transport for a hassle-free outing. Or, discover another side of Madrid’s renowned nightlife by booking a party-oriented pub or bar tour.

 

Take a Food Tour

A love of food and wine runs through the veins of Madrilenos, and no visitor should miss these pleasures. Make the most of the city’s tapas and wine scenes on a tasting tour around Santa Ana Square; join a paella-cooking class, or follow a guide to buzzing local food markets.

 

Go Beyond the Tourist Sights

Look beyond Madrid’s tourist sights to discover the daily rituals of local life and some of the city’s hidden locales. Explore the vibrant multicultural Lavapies neighborhood on a guided walk, view the gritty street art of La Neomudejar, roam the arty Literary Quarter, or experience the rhythms of everyday life in hip and happening Masalana and Chueco.

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Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

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Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a delicious tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample delicious tapas dishes at popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by items like Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more. To keep this experience intimate, group size is limited to 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
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$92.16
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The 10 Tastings of Madrid With Locals: Private Food Tour

The 10 Tastings of Madrid With Locals: Private Food Tour

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Madrid is one of Spain’s great gastronomic cities and this private 3-hour tasting tour is the ideal introduction to the city’s foodie scene. Explore the street food markets, hip bars, and traditional restaurants of Madrid’s Chueca neighborhood and enjoy 10 delicious food tastings including Spanish specialties like ‘croqueta’, ‘rosquilla’ pastries and ‘tortilla’.
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  • 3 hours
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$72.50
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Flamenco Show at Torres Bermejas in Madrid

Flamenco Show at Torres Bermejas in Madrid

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Sit on the edge of your seat at Torres Bermejas, a ‘tablao’ (flamenco venue) established in Madrid in 1960. At this unique locale that mimics the Arabic motifs, tiles and wood-carved ceilings of the Alhambra in Granada, you’ll watch an unforgettable flamenco show, accompanied by a glass of red or white wine. Upgrade your 80-minute experience to include dinner with your choice of a seasonal, fandango or guajira menu featuring traditional Spanish cuisine.
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  • 1 hour
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Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid

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Avoid the crowds as you skip the line and get the inside scoop on some of the best art at Madrid’s iconic Prado museum on this 90-minute guided tour. This sprawling museum is nearly unparalleled in its collection of European art, but can also be overwhelming for new visitors. Let your guide introduce you to museum’s the top highlights and their fascinating backstories, including Diego Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and ‘The Annunciation’ by El Greco. Best of all, this small-group visit is limited to just 20 guests, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Spanish Cooking Master Class

Spanish Cooking Master Class

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Immerse yourself in Madrid’s rich culinary culture with a 3-hour cooking class and tour of a traditional market. Browse stalls bursting with exotic produce at the Mercardo de Torrijos, then venture within its esteemed cookery school to learn the secrets of Spanish specialties. Under the guidance of an expert chef, prepare signature dishes like flavorsome paella and Spanish omelet while sampling refined red and white wines. An intimate atmosphere is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Hidden Corners of Madrid: Private Walking Tour

Hidden Corners of Madrid: Private Walking Tour

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Experience a side of Madrid often missed by visitors on a private, half-day tour of the city’s hidden gems. Escape the crowds and typical tourist itinerary to explore lesser-known neighborhoods that blend historic traditions with the Spanish capital’s modern energy. Gain local insight from a guide as you stroll through the Malasaña, Chueca and Chamberi districts, and rest your feet like a true ‘madrileño’ with a refreshing wine-and-tapa break at the end of the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Madrid Triangle of Art Private Guided Tour: Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums

Madrid Triangle of Art Private Guided Tour: Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums

Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ is home to a trio of Spain’s most important art museums—the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen Museum. On this tour, visit all three in one day, maximize your time with prepaid tickets and skip-the-line entrance, and benefit from the expertise of a private art historian guide. Take a walk through art history, from the Renaissance to Impressionism, to modern and contemporary; and admire works by Rubens, Picasso, Goya, Caravaggio, Titian, and many more.
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  • 7 hours
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Street Art Guided Tour in Madrid

Street Art Guided Tour in Madrid

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Get a dose of Madrid’s ‘bleeding edge’ street art culture during this investigation of the city’s diverse urban art scene. Discover murals in graffiti hotspots like ‘La Neomudéjar,’ located behind Madrid’s Atocha train station, ‘La Tabacalera,’ a former tobacco warehouse that today hosts a variety street murals, and ‘Campo de Cebada,’ a hybrid public space and community art project.
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  • 2 hours
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Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

Madrid Retiro Park & Prado Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket Tour

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Discover the delights of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park on this 1.5-hour small-group walking tour, and skip the lines at the world-famous Prado Museum. With an informative guide, explore the manicured lawns and avenues of Madrid’s popular relaxation park, seeing attractions such as the Statue of the Fallen Angel, the lake and more. Hear about the park’s development through the centuries and afterward, gain fast-track entry into the neighboring Prado to explore its stunning art galleries independently. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Multicultural Madrid : Lavapiés Walking Tour

Multicultural Madrid : Lavapiés Walking Tour

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With pretty medieval streets and traditional Spanish taverns, Lavapiés is considered among Madrid’s most vibrant and interesting neighborhoods—but exploring solo means you may miss its hidden secrets. On this tour, follow your guide through the winding streets and alleys, and discover the art galleries, independent theaters, and hip galleries for which the district is known. Admire vibrant street art, and hit top attractions like the Old Royal Tobacco Factory.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$33.35
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Literary Quarter, Monumental Madrid & Retiro Park Walking Tour

Literary Quarter, Monumental Madrid & Retiro Park Walking Tour

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Calling all book-lovers. This literary-themed walking tour of Madrid covers the city’s top cultural and historical sights, from the Prado Museum and the Art Promenade to stunning, verdant Retiro Park, famed for its Cristal Palace. You’ll also see the neighborhoods that Cervantes and other acclaimed Spanish writers once called home.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$33.35
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