Brace yourselves, September is coming. And this means thousands of brand new English teachers and au pairs arriving to Madrid, not fully knowing what to expect from this wonderful city. Let us break it down for you in this simple article about 13 absolutely necessary things you have to do in Madrid. Do you still need your accommodation? Scroll to the end of the article!

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13 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid

Welcome to Madrid – here’s what you should do at least once!

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1. Visit at least one rooftop bar – we suggest Jardin Secreto on Calle Montera.

Jardin Secreto. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid
Photo source: Mandy Lutman

See also: Madrid’s Top 5 Hidden Rooftop Bars

2. Take a boat adventure at Retiro Park.

Retiro Park Lake. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in MadridPhoto source: Mandy Lutman

3. Spot this man.

Man with lights in Puerta del Sol. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in MadridPhoto source: Mandy Lutman

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without him.

4. Or this goat!

The Plaza Mayor Goat. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in MadridPhoto source: Nakedmadrid.com

You haven’t lived in Madrid until you’ve wondered about the existence and purpose of this goat.

5. Don’t lose your nerves when you go to Aluche.

No pictures needed. Just sympathy for all non-EU people in Madrid.

6. Overdose on churros. Con chocolate.

Crispy churros with thick, not-too-sweet chocolate. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid

There are several best places to get churros in Madrid – some of the best churros can be found at the Christmas market on Plaza de Isabel II.

7. And on tapas.

Tapas in Madrid. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in MadridPhoto source: CityLifeMadrid.com

Best tapas in Madrid can be found at the typical markets – Mercado de San Miguel, Mercado de San Anton and Mercado de Fuencarral.

8. And don’t forget to have a mere dosage of Sangria.

Sangria in a large bowl. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid

9. Haggle your way through El Rastro market.

El Rastro Market. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in MadridPhoto Source: Mandy Lutman

You’ll probably only visit it once, but you absolutely have to.

10. Go on a romantic date in Jardines de Sabatini.

Jardines Sabatini Royal Palace view in Madrid. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid
Photo source: Mandy Lutman

One of our favorite parks in the city! You also pass by Jardines Sabatini on most Madrid free walking tours!

11. Go hiking!

Hiking in Madrid. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in MadridPhoto source: NakedMadrid.com

We don’t have beaches, but we do have mountains with the BEST views.

12. Take a weekend trip out of town.

Because you WILL eventually get tired of the city.  Barcelona is always a good idea!

Cute sign with cities and distances from Barcelona. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid
Photo Source: Mandy Lutman

13. And enjoy the magical sunsets!

More than once.

Sunset in Madrid on Gran Via. 10 Absolutely Necessary Things To Do in Madrid
Photo Source: Mandy Lutman


Welcome to Madrid!