Culture in Madrid

Whether we're talking about drinking wine, admiring art, watching a bullfight, or partying on occasion of the saints, Spanish culture is undoubtedly a vibrant one. For a dose of the real thing, we've put together a list of the top ten (daytime) places to soak up some Spanish culture.

Our top pick is seeing the Real Madrid team (arguably Spain's top team) live in action at their home stadium, Santiago Bernabeú. Soccer (football) is an earnest religion in Spain and the display of energy with which Madrileños follow and celebrate the exploits of their home team is fantastic to witness. Their enthusiasm is, simply put, contagious.

For a truly Spanish cultural spectacle, you should consider attending a bullfight at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring, Spain's finest venue for bullfighting. We promise you'll never see anything quite like it. And apart from the bullfight, the people watching of Spanish families and groups of elderly men in berets is also interesting. The bullfight season runs from March to October, with bullfights scheduled every Sunday.

Our third pick for Spanish culture is the Prado Museum - Spain's greatest place for art. The museum contains what was in the vast Spanish royal collection as well as art from masters all across Europe.

The Monastery of the Barefoot Royals (Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales), our fourth pick, is a 16th century convent that was famously populated by the females of a number of royal and noble families. The premises of the palace turned convent now turned museum are richly decorated with paintings, tapestries, and artifacts.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol

Avenida Concha Espina 1

One of the top clubs... read more

Corridas de toros

Calle de Alcalá 237
Plaza de Toros de las Ventas

Famous Spanish bullfighting... read more

Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

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Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 23
Paseo del Prado

The massive museum is Spain's homage to art...
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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (Monastery of the Barefoot Royals)

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Plaza de las Descalzas Reales s/n
Plaza de las Descalzas Reales s/n

National heritage monument... read more

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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Paseo del Prado, 8
Palacio de Villahermosa

Masterpieces of European painting... read more

Casa Museo de Lope de Vega

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Cervantes 11

A classical writer's home... read more

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Plaza Santa Isabel, 52

20th-century masterpieces... read more

expert pick

Atlético de Madrid

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Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto 67

Quality football on display... read more

Museo Arqueológico (Archaeological Museum)

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Calle de Serrano 13

Pre-history to the 19th century... read more

Museo de América (Museum of the Americas)

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Av. de los Reyes Católicos 6

History of indigenous American cultures... read more
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