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Guide to Madrid for Families

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Madrid is a very family-friendly metropolitan city, offering plenty of activities and interesting places to explore for those traveling with kids of all ages. Follow my family vacation guide and experience the best Madrid has to offer.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Trendsetter

8 Places

6 City Tips

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8 Places

Parque Warner Madrid

Theme Parks

Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water

Puerta del Sol

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Stadio Santiago Bernabeu

Arenas & Stadiums

Madrid Rio

Parks

Royal Palace of Madrid

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums

Chocolateria San Gines

Restaurants

Mercado San Miguel

Flea & Street Markets

Matt K's City Tips

  • It is quite common to get a free tapa with every drink. However, this is becoming less popular in Madrid, so check with the server before you order.
  • Eating or drinking outside on a restaurant's terrace is usually 10% more expensive than dining inside.
  • The easiest way around Madrid is by metro: everything is well connected and it's very cheap to use.
  • Buy the T10 metro ticket, which will save you up to 50% on travel, or for children under 11, big discounts are offered on a 1-day ticket.
  • Madrid locals like to dress smartly; follow suit and you'll blend in nicely.
  • Locals do not wear football shirts except on match days.
  • Parque Warner Madrid
    Theme Parks
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    Matt K Says:

    Roller coasters, live shows loaded with action, and endless options for wholesome family fun, The Warner Bros. Park (south of Madrid) offers the full adrenaline works for kids of all ages. Prices may be high here, and some attractions may have seen better days, but for theme park lovers, this place ticks all the boxes.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online in advance to avoid the entrance queues. Tickets for a fixed date may also be cheaper.
    • If possible, go here on a weekday. Weekends are usually more crowded, and the lines for rides can be endless.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in San Martin de la Vega
    • Amazing!! 15/10/2018
    • Love love LOVE This Theme Park 02/10/2018
    • Parque Warner Madrid
    Address:
    Autovia A-4
    Exit 22
    28330 San Martin de la Vega
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 912 00 07 92
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
    Other:
  • Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
    Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water
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    Matt K Says:

    With plenty of different gardens to explore and endless space (118 hectares) in which to run around, relax with a picnic and play all manner of games, this city center park is a great spot to escape to.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can rent a boat and explore the small lake.
    • Visit the "Palacio de Cristal" (Crystal Palace), an impressive building made of glass.
    • Free puppet shows for children every Saturday and Sunday. Check the official website for more information.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 807 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Calm and peaceful park 17/10/2018
    • Resplendent Retiro 17/10/2018
    • Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
    Address:
    Between C. Alfonso XII and Avenida de Menendez Pelayo
    28010 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 30 00 41
    Other:
  • Puerta del Sol
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Matt K Says:

    This square is the most famous and busiest place in the Spanish capital, and offers a constant stream of entertainment, whatever time you visit. You will find street artists every few steps, plenty of shops nearby, great people-watching opportunities, and of course the famous statue and symbol of Madrid: the bear!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Many shops and boutiques line the streets nearby if you feel like shopping, or need to pick up some family essentials.
    • Restaurants in this area are obviously more pricey. I recommend heading a few blocks out to find smaller, more authentic Spanish tapas bars.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 807 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Center Park 17/10/2018
    • OTHER GLOBAL MEETING POINT 14/10/2018
    • Puerta del Sol
    Address:
    C. Mayor
    C. Alcala
    28013 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 32 64 90
    Other:
  • Stadio Santiago Bernabeu
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    Matt K Says:

    One of the most famous clubs in the world! If your family is even slightly into football, then a visit to Santiago Bernabeu is a must. Explore the museum full of trophies, records, and memories from Real Madrid's long and successful history.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • If you have the chance to watch a game, skip the stadium tour; depending on the match, the price is pretty much the same.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 807 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 16/10/2018
    • 25 Euro tour worth it 15/10/2018
    • Stadio Santiago Bernabeu
    Address:
    Avenida de Concha Espina 1
    Bernabeu Stadium, Tower B
    28036 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 913 98 43 00
    Other:
  • Madrid Rio
    Parks
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    Matt K Says:

    A trip to Spain simply isn't complete without a beach experience, even in Madrid! While not a conventional sandy beach, the Madrid Rio (situated alongside the river Manzanares) offers similar types of activities. Here you can cool off, ride a bike, or simply relax. There is even a special children's area with slides, zip lines, and more.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This park is located just 1.5km away from Puerta del Sol, the main square in the heart of Madrid.
    • I highly recommend cycling here — it's the easiest way to get around and to explore the park fully.
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 807 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place for a stroll 13/10/2018
    • A must-see if you come to Madrid 02/10/2018
    • Madrid Rio
    Address:
    Parallel to Rio Manzanares
    Madrid
    Spain
    Other:
  • Royal Palace of Madrid
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    Matt K Says:

    On the surface, this spot might seem a boring choice for children, but the Royal Palace never fails to delight friends with families that I take here. How often can you visit the home of the Spanish royal family?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Even if you do not want to enter the Royal Palace or its museum, the surroundings and boulevard are a nice place for a walk.
    • This palace is officially the home of the Spanish King's family, but it's only used for state ceremonies at the moment.
    • The guided tour costs just a little more than the regular entrance fee and takes around 45 minutes. It gives you a deeper understanding of the palace and its history.
    • Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, the entrance to the Royal Palace is free. (Keep in mind that there will be huge queues though.)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 807 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Royal Palace 17/10/2018
    • Beautiful Palace 17/10/2018
    • Royal Palace of Madrid
    Address:
    Calle Bailen
    28071 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 914 54 88 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Chocolateria San Gines
    Restaurants (Cafe, Spanish)
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    Matt K Says:

    This is one of the best places to sample a traditional Spanish breakfast. Try the 'chocolate con churros' and see how your children's faces light up after sampling this tasty combination of Spanish-style donuts dipped in thick, warm chocolate.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Churros and the accompanying chocolate are incredibly filling — you might want to share a portion.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #439 of 9,987 restaurants in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • When in Madrid..... 17/10/2018
    • Not my thing 16/10/2018
    • Chocolateria San Gines
    Address:
    Pasadizo de San Gines 5
    28013 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 913 65 65 46
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
    Other:
  • Mercado San Miguel
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Matt K Says:

    This is not just any market. Here you can eat a wide range of authentic Spanish foods, all freshly prepared just for you and your family, plus the hundreds of other visitors hoping to enjoy this delicious gourmet experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Try a variety of different tapas and small pintxos here, rather than one large dish.
    • Ask for the price before sitting down and ordering something. Several small plates can soon add up.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 807 things to do in Madrid
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this mercado!!! 17/10/2018
    • Undercover Food Market 17/10/2018
    • Mercado San Miguel
    Address:
    Plaza San Miguel
    28005 Madrid
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 915 42 49 36
    Other:
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