*Metro: Opera. Walk west down C. de Arrieta. Palacio Real is at the end of the road. Come early to
avoid long lines. €10, with tour €17; ages 5-16, students, and seniors €5. ~ Open daily Apr-Sept
10am-8pm; Oct-Mar 10am-6pm.
*Metro: Sol or Opera. From Puerta del Sol, walk 2min. down C. Mayor toward the Palacio Real. Pl.
Mayor is on the left.
Puerta del Sol
Catedral de la Almudena
*Right next to Palacio Real. Free. ~ Open daily 10am-2pm and 5-8pm.
Convento de la Encarnación
*Metro: Opera. Take Pl. de Isabel II northwest to C. de Arietta and turn right onto Pl. de la Encarnación.Tours conducted in Spanish every 30min. €3.60. ~ Open Tu-Sa 10am-2pm, Su 10am-3pm.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
*Metro: Atocha €8. Temporary exhibits €4. Weeknights 7-9pm free. ~ Open M 10am-9pm, W-Sa 10am-9pm, Su 10am-2:30pm.
Museo Nacional del Prado
recommend visiting between the hours of 1pm and 3pm, when most locals are eating lunch, and say that, not surprisingly, Saturday is the museum’s busiest day.
*Metro: Banco de España and Atocha. From Atocha, walk north up Paseo del Prado; the museum is on the right, just past the gardens. General Admission with a museum guidebook €23, general admission €14, €7 reduced fee 65+, large families, and 6-8pm M-Sa, students 18-25 free (ID required). ~ Open M-Sa 10am- 8pm, Su and public holidays 10am-7pm.
*From the Prado, walk north up the Paseo del Prado. The museum is at the corner of Carrera de San Jeronimo and Paseo del Prado €7, children under 12 free. ~ Open Tu-Su 10am-7pm.
monochromatic, tinny gallery space for various art, design, and architecture exhibits. The basement auditorium hosts miscellaneous events, from architecture lectures to dance performances to film screenings.
*Metro: Atocha. From the metro, walk north up Paseo del Prado; the Caixaforum is on the left €4. ~ Open daily 10am-8pm. Closed Dec 25, Jan 1, and Jan 6.
Parque del Buen Retiro
*Metro: Retiro. Or, from Atocha, pass the roundabout north onto Calle de Alfonso XII. The park is on the right. Free. Row boats M-F until 2pm; €1.40, Sa-Su and holidays €4.55. ~ Open in summer daily 6am-midnight; in winter 6am-10pm. Estanque pier open 10am to 45min. before sunset; JulAug 10am-11pm.
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
*From Puerta del Sol, walk east down C. de Alcalá. Real Academia de Bellas Artes is on the left. €5; groups of 15-25, university students, teachers, under 18 and over 65 free. Free for everyone on W. ~ Open Tu-Su 10am-3pm.
Basilica de San Francisco el Grande
*Metro: From La Latina, walk straight west down Carrera San Francisco. Free. Guided tour €3. ~ Open Tu-Su 10:30am-1pm and 4-6:30pm.
La Iglesia de San Andrés
*Metro: La Latina. Make a left onto C. de la Cava. Free.
*Metro: Chueca, take C. Gravina 1 block west to C. Pelayo and continue 2 blocks north. The building is on the left. The interior is only open to the public during National Architecture Week (2nd week of Oct).
Convento de las Salesas Reales
*Metro: Colon. From Pl. Colon, go down Paseode Recoletos and take a right onto C. de Barbara de Braganza. Free. ~ Open M-F 9:30am-1pm and 5:30-8pm, Sa 9:30am-2pm and 5-9pm, Su 9:30am-2pm and 6-9pm. Closed to tourists during mass.
Museo de Historia
*Metro: Tribunal. Walk straight north up C. Fuencarral. The large pink building is on the right. Free. ~ Open Tu-Sa 10am-9pm, Su 11am-2:30pm.
Plaza de España
*The western end of C. Gran Vía, also accessible by Plaza de Espana metro stop. Free.
Plaza de Cibeles
*Intersection of C. de Alcalá, Paseo de Recoletos and Paseo del Prado.
Templo de Debod
*Metro: Plaza de España. Walk to the far side of Pl. de España, cross the street, and walk a couple of blocks right; the temple is on the left. Free. ~ Open Apr-Sept Tu-F 10am-2pm and 6-8pm, Sa-Su 10am 2pm; Oct-Mar Tu-F 9:45am-1:45pm and 4:15-6:15pm, Sa-Su 10am-2pm. Rose garden open daily 10am-8pm.
*Metro: Moncloa. Take bus #601 from the underground bus station (terminal 3) adjacent to Moncloa. Mandatory 45min. guided tour in Spanish/English; last tour leaves 1hr. before close €9, students and over 65 €4 ~ Open Oct-Mar M-Sa 10:30am-4:45pm, Su 10am-1:30pm; Apr-Sept M-Sa 10:30am-5:45pm, Su 9:30am-1:30pm.
Casa de Campo
*Metro: Lago, Batan, and Casa de Campo are all within the park. To get there from the city center: Metro: Batan or bus #33 or 65. Let’s Go does not advise walking here after dark. Entrance to the park is free; venues and rentals are ticketed. ~ Parque de Atracciones open M-Sa 9am-7pm. Zoo Madrid open daily, but check website for hours and schedule changes.
Museo de América
documents. This museum isn’t nearly as popular as the Prado, so you don’t have to worry about crowds. Be warned that all the exhibit descriptions are in Spanish, with no English translation.
*Metro: Moncloa. Cross the street, make a left, and walk straight €3; reduced €1.50; under 18, over 65, and students free. ~ Open M-Sa 9:30am-6:30pm, Su 10am-3pm.
*Metro: Iglesia. Turn right on C. General Martinez Campos €3. Free on Su. ~ Open Tu-Sa 9:30am-8pm, Su 10am-3pm.
Mueso Lazaro Galdiano
*Metro: Gregorio Maranon €4, students €3, EU citizens free. ~ Open Su 10am-3pm Tu-Sa 10am-4:30pm.