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Things to Do in Madrid, Spain

When visiting Madrid, there are definitely some must-dos on every visitors list. This include seeing the famous sights, checking out the busy calendar of live music, concerts and theatre productions, as well as the fantastic exhibitions held at the city's many art museums. How about finding out where are the hidden gems of the city? Locals are the people you want to hang out with! It could really be anything, from screenings at independent cinemas and sunset drinks at rooftop cafes with glorious views of the city to afternoons spent exploring beautiful parks that are off-the-beaten track and only appreciated by locals. If you're looking for a unique experience, ask a local about the things you shouldn’t miss out. The Withlocals guides and hosts are happy to show you around and welcome you to their homes for a local delicious dinner.

  • Daytrip to a Village in the province of Avila
  • Shop till you drop with your personal guide!
  • An Authentic Madrid Tapas Tour
  • Vegan traditional Spanish food & tapas
  • An Authentic Madrid Tapas Tour
  • A Sweet-Tooth Tour of Madrid
  • A Sweet-Tooth Tour of Madrid
  • Royal Garden Tour with Local Expert Biologist
  • Shop till you drop with your personal guide!
  • Vegan traditional Spanish food & tapas
  • Day Trip to a Village in Avila province
  • A Sweet-Tooth Tour of Madrid
  • Shop till you drop with your personal guide!
  • Best of Madrid Walking Tour
  • Vegan traditional Spanish food & tapas

Local Things to Do in Madrid, Spain

  • Watch the sun go down from the rooftop terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes
  • Marvel at the incredible frescoes by the romantic artist Francisco Goya at the Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida
  • See a Flamenco performance at tablaos such as Corral de la Moreria or Cardamomo where you can combine authentic Spanish cooking with a world-class dance performance
  • Go on a culinary tour for an introduction to Madrid’s best food in areas such as La Latina. The wine is definitely added value!
  • Take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sites that are not far from Madrid, including the university city of Alcalá de Henares, the Royal Palace and gardens at Aranjuez and the fortified city of Ávila
  • Catch a free exhibition on a Saturday afternoon, many of the major art galleries offer entry free of charge
  • Cycle the city with the help of the BiciMAD public bike system which offers an affordable tourist pass. Keep all that amazing paella off!
  • See the almond blossom in Quinto de los Molinos every February and March. There you go, a new beautiful profile photo!
  • Catch a movie projection in the palatial setting of Cine Doré, an independent cinema that was built in the 1920s and features lovely art-deco design
  • Get some fresh air at the Casa de Campo, Spain's largest green park and an excellent spot for outdoor recreation like kayaking, cycling or jogging.

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Top 3 Things to Do in Madrid, Spain

Circulo de Bellas Artes
This building is a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a lively calendar of exhibitions and film screenings. Check out the rooftop terrace on the 7th floor for the bar, restaurant and a local place to hang out on, few people know about it. The view of the Madrid skyline is amazing and it's the perfect place to be at sunset.

St. Anthony of La Florida
Found just a short walk from Príncipe Pío Metro station this church was built in the late-18th century and was commissioned by King Carlos IV. The building is impressive, but what are most special are the ceiling paintings by Francisco Goya, one of the great masters, depicting St. Anthony raising a dead man.

Flamenco Tablaos
Flamenco is originally from the South of Spain but is celebrated as an art-form in Madrid as well. Tablaos are perhaps the most authentic way of witnessing a performance. These venues have been opened in the 60s and have a traditional décor with drinks, food, live musicians and highly-skilled dancers.