Madrid is one of Europe’s greatest cities and it has something for everyone: it’s renowned for its nightlife, its people, its green spaces, its restaurants, its historic sights, and lots more. And if you’re a family travelling to Madrid then there’s certainly something for you to enjoy together too.
Here are some of the best things to do in Madrid for families.
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Historic sights in the Old Town
Madrid is home to a treasure-trove of historic sights and museums. It’s one of the best places in Europe for world-famous landmarks and hidden historical gems. This side to Madrid shouldn’t be missed.
There are things to see all over the city. But If you’ve never been to Madrid before then it’s best to stick to the Old Town and enjoy an array of world-class destinations within a relatively small area.
We recommend spectacular sights like the colossal Royal Palace (the biggest in Europe), the immense Plaza Mayor square, and the world-famous Museo del Prado. These attractions have an appeal to both young and old. They’re impressive enough to wow the kids while also being interesting to adults.
Trip to the Bernabéu
It’s likely you’ll have heard of the football / soccer team Real Madrid – one of Europe’s most illustrious sides. They’ve won the world’s top football competition, The Champions League, 6 times in the past 4 years! Although, sadly, their most famous player Cristiano Ronaldo has now departed for Italian side, Juventus!
The Bernabéu is Real Madrid’s stadium and is the second largest in mainland Europe (2nd only to rivals Barcelona). You can get there easily on the metro and enjoy a tour. The tours are now digital and interactive, so perfect for families – especially if there are young football fans in the group.
Or perhaps even go to a match if you can get tickets. If you’re lucky enough to coincide with a derby against either Atletico Madrid or Barcelona then you’ll be in for an atmosphere you won’t forget.
Visit the Retiro Park
Madrid, unlike some other Spanish cities, has some expansive green spaces to relax in and enjoy. Of these, the Retiro Park is the most famous and it’s more than just a tranquil retreat: there are plenty of landmarks and fun activities to enjoy within the park’s limits.
Why not take the family out onto the boating lake, or go to one of the museums and exhibitions? We highly recommend the magical Crystal Palace (pictured above) and the beautiful gardens and pool that surrounds it. Artworks by international artists are often displayed inside the elegant glasshouse.
Madrid can get hot though. So, if you fancy something slightly more sedate, then there are also several cafes and restaurants where you can relax on a shaded terraza and enjoy a cold caña and some tapas. This is the Spanish lifestyle at its best!
Insider tip: the lesser-known Parque el Capricho, a Little further out, is also worth a look….
Take a Segway tour around Madrid’s historic sights
Last but not least, taking a Segway tour is a fun and relaxing activity that all the family can enjoy. It’s something a bit different and lets you see Madrid’s best sights and sounds in a unique way that you’ll certainly remember after your trip. Remember to take some photos!
If there are some older members of the family, or a few who’ve never ridden a Segway before, then don’t worry. It’s a safe and easy activity. And if you go on a tour with Madrid Segway Tour there are options for beginners and those who’d prefer a shorter tour that works around other activities. There’s also full training to begin with, to make sure you know how to ride safely.
Most of the other activities covered in the article (and more) are also covered by our Segway Tours.
Enjoy your trip. Madrid’s an amazing (and very safe) city and your family are sure to enjoy it. If you’d like to book a Segway Tour in advance then don’t hesitate to get in touch!