10 Must-Visit Tourist Attraction In Madrid For A Memorable Autumn Vacation 

10 Must-Visit Tourist Attraction In Madrid For A Memorable Autumn Vacation 

The home of Real Madrid football club and the Spanish capital, Madrid is a city full of cultural sites and is a metropolis offering a true atmosphere of Spain. Though Madrid may not be as beautiful as the home of football “Barcelona” or the charming city of Andalusia, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Madrid that make it worth exploring. 

Madrid is widely popular being the social hub of Spain having a culture of cafes and crazy nightlife. What attracts tourists the most about Madrid is the evening life, that's when the city becomes more lively. The best time to visit this vibrant city is either spring or autumn and avoid visiting during the summer season.

Read further to know more about the best places and top 10 tourist attractions in Madrid

Top 10 Tourist Attraction In Madrid 

1. Plaza de la Villa 

Plaza de la Villa is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Madrid and it lies just next to the city’s main street. It is one of the oldest historical sites in Madrid and also the most well-preserved. It showcases a wonderful creation of gothic-style architecture and also bears an old named Torre de Los Lujanes. 

There is a monument in the city of Plaza named Alvaro de Bazan, dedicated to the 16th-century Spanish soldier who was appointed by Felipe II. The monument was built on Alvaro’s 3rd death century in order to celebrate his legacy. 

Major Highlights:

  • Monument of Alvaro de Bazan
  • Casa de Cisneros 
  • Casa y Torre de Los Lujanes

Visiting Hours: 24 Hours

Location: Plaza de la Villa

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2. Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is an Egyptian temple that was shifted to Madrid after it was dismantled during the construction of the Aswan Dam in Egypt. The original temple was built in 2 century BC by King Adikhalamani to pay homage to the Egyptian God and Goddess. The temple built in Madrid also contains remains of the original decorations. 

Visiting Hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday - 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Location: Parque de la Montaña, Calle Ferraz

3. Museo Nacional del Prado

Opened in 1986, the Museo Nacional del Prado is a contemporary art center that contains more than 23,000 works of art. Among its collection includes works by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali. These artworks are displayed in a large exhibition in a hall of 39,00 square meters. 

As a visitor, you can explore the gift shop, and bookstore and take advantage of audio guides. For refreshments, one can visit the cafe and restaurants which are open for breakfast, lunch as well as dinner. 

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Cost: 10 Euros 

Visiting Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 9:00 AM 
  • Sunday - 10:00 to 7:00 PM  

Location: Calle de Santa Isabel

4. Gran Via 

Gran Via is the busiest street in the city and is listed among the streets with the most vibrant nightlife in Europe. Gran Via is home to several clubs, shopping centers, theatres, and hotels. Other than night scenes, you can also find plenty of 20th-century architecture in Spain. It is one of the most important commercial centers in Madrid. 

Things To Do:

  • Enjoy the nightlife 
  • Watch theatre shows
  • Visit the shopping center 
  • Enjoy some delicious cuisines

Visiting Hours: 24 Hours

Location: Gran Via, near Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Espana 

5. Puerta de Alcala

One of the major tourist attractions in Madrid, Puerta de Alcala once used as the major entrance gate to the city. It was built by King Charles III in 1788 and was designed by a famous Italian architect of his time “Francisco Sabatini”. The gate is believed to be one of its kind since the fall of the great Roman Empire. 

Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 

Location: laza de la Independencia

6. Catedral de la Almudena

The Catedral de la Almudena is one of the largest cathedrals in Madrid which represents the fine architecture of the neo-gothic style. Comparing its structure to other cathedrals and churches in Spain, the Catedral de la looks more like a modern church. 

Cost: 6 Euros 

Visiting Hours: 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM 

Location: Calle de Bailén

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7. Estadio Santiago

The home ground of Real Madrid and no less than a paradise for football fans, Estadio Santiago is a must-visit place in Madrid. You can either take a stadium tour or visit the museum that showcases the team’s achievements along with team equipment. This tour will allow you to enjoy the ongoing match or just witness the beautiful view of the field. 

The Estadio Santiago has been visited by over 1 million football fans every year and is listed among the 3rd most visited attraction in Madrid. It would be better if you book your ticket online to avoid standing in queues when you reach here. 

Things To Do:


  • Adult - 20 Euros 

  • Children(5 to 14 years) - 14 Euros

Visiting Hours:

Location: Avenida de Concha Espina

8. Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park or Parque del Retiro is one of the places in Madrid to escape from the busy city life and spend some time in tranquility. The is surrounded by an area of 125 hectares and is home to more than 15,000 trees. It was built in the 17th century for Count-Duke of Olivares, the vintage era park offers a perfect atmosphere with a range of gardens. 

Once owned by the Spanish Royal family, Buen Retiro Park is now a public park. The park also offers a boating tour in the gorgeous lake that surrounds it. Also, a daily puppet show is held for kids at the Teatro de Titeres and an observatory for stargazing that was built in 1790.   

Things To Do:

  • Boating Tour
  • Puppet Show with kids
  • Stargazing at 18th-century Observatory  

Visiting Hours:

  • April to September - 6:00 AM till Midnight
  • October to March - 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Location: Plaza de la Independencia

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9. Mercado de San Miguel

Mercedes De San Miquel is a popular food market that opened around 100 years ago. Today it is one of the major gastronomic markets in the world. The markets allow tourists to experience every essence and taste that Spain offers. There are over 33 stalls in the entire market lined up with a high wooden roof. 

Here you will get fresh fruits, ham, oysters, and more. The traditional Spanish snacks “chorizo” and “tortilla” is available in this market. A variety of food festivals and fairs are hosted in Mercado every year. 

What to Buy:

  • Fish
  • Mediterranean Rice 
  • Iberian Ham 

Visiting Hours: 9:00 PM to 8:30 PM 

Location: Calle de Bailén

10. Puerta del Sol

Puerto del Sol is a famous square in the heart of the city and is a hub for public transportation. Several historical events took place at Puerta del Sol including the resistance of the Spanish against Napoleon and the early 19th century and the declaration of the Second Republic.  

Today, a huge number of visitors including tourists gather around the square to hang out either with a group of friends or their families. Encompassed by a variety of shops restaurants and cafes, this is the best place to enjoy goods and shop. Do visit the famous gift shop in La Violet that offers numerous gifts to buy including chocolates. 

Things To Do:

  • Have a cup of coffee at a nearby cafe
  • Try some delicious food
  • Purchase some gifts and chocolates for your loved ones
  • Spend your evening around the square

Visiting Hours: 24 Hours 

Location: C. Mayor, C. Alcala

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