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What to do in Madrid, Spain

Circulo de Bellas Artes, Calle Marqués de Casa Riera 2. A non-profit cultural center located a short walk from Sol, the CBA offers up a wide variety of events and shows including film, music, art displays, dance, theater and more. For travelers who wish to discover Madrid through its wine and food culture, they can enjoy it within a small group led by a native guide. Interesting solution to mix a cultural tour with wine and food experience in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Flamenco Shows

  • Corral de la Moreria. One of the most famous flamenco tablaos in the world. It′s right in the heart of the city, and you can enjoy a full-fledged Spanish meal while you watch performances by renowned international flamenco music and dance artists.
  • Las Tablas, Plaza España, 9. A very popular Tablao located near the Plaza España metro station. The package consisting of a Flamenco show (at 9 or 10 pm) with a candle-lit dinner and a glass of Sangria wine is truly a treat.
  • Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo (Cardamomo Flamenco Show), Echegaray 15. Authentic Flamenco show in the center of Madrid, one of the greatest tablaos flamencos all over Spain, typical Spanish food during the performance.
  • Cafe De Chinitas, C/ Torija, 7-28013. A great show lasting about 90 minutes. Unbelievable amount of energy and passion put in by the performers. There is an option to have dinner as well but that is a separate package and costs more.
  • Casa Patas, Calle de los Cañizares nº10, Madrid 28012 (About 10 blocks west of Museo del Prado). Shows at 22:30 Monday-Thursday, 21:00 and 24:00 Friday-Saturday. An excellent venue as all tables and seats have a good view of the stage. Optional dinner is before the show and guarantees a good seat near the stage. Attention is paid to flamenco as a cultural art form, not just as a floor show.

Concert Venues

  • Sala Heineken, Princesa 1. National touring acts for rock and pop music.
  • La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de la Virgen. Another large venue for touring rock and pop bands.
  • Gruta 77, Calle Cuclillo 6. Concerts every day; pop, rock, punk.

Classical & opera

  • Spanish National Orchestra. Performs every Fri, Sat and Sun at the Auditorio Nacional on Calle Principe de Vergara. The Auditorio Nacional is also the main concert venue for the symphonic concerts of the Community of Madrid Orchestra and the Madrid symphony Orchestra and the main venue for touring classical artists and orchestras.
  • Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), Plaza de Oriente. The main opera theatre in Madrid.
  • Teatro de la Zarzuela. The Spanish version of the Operetta (Zarzuela) is performed here.
  • Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española. Performs every Thu and Fri at the Teatro Monumental on Calle Atocha.
  • Auditorio 400 of the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. The main venue for contemporary music.
  • Cuartel del Condeduque.
  • Foundation Joan March Auditorium.
  • Banda Municipal de Madrid. Performs in El Retiro Park in the summer.

Sports

Bullfighting

  • Las Ventas Bullring. The birth place of bullfighting. Unless you find this spectacle distasteful, this is a must see if you visit Madrid during the bullfighting season (May, during San Isidro). Tickets may nevertheless be expensive and hard to get for the more important corridas. Anyway, it usually is used as a venue for shows and concerts. You can also visit the bullring and get to discover every corner and history of this emblematic building with Las Ventas Tour. Open every day from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Tennis

  • Madrid Tennis Master 1000, Camino de Perales . Held in mid-May at La Caja Mágica.

Festivals

  • La Transhumancia. Annual event during which the center of Madrid is free of cars and is instead filled with shepherds exercising their ancient right to drive sheep and livestock through the city.
  • La Paloma. Madrid’s most castizo (traditional Madrid) festival on the days leading up to August 15th. A huge street party in the La Latina neighborhood with bars setting up counters outside their locales and booming music. Food stalls along the Carrera de San Francisco. The zone around Calle Calatrava is mainly gay.