Bernabéu Stadium (Estadio Santiago Bernabéu)#11 in Best Things To Do in Madrid
The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, located north of central Madrid, is the city's main fútbol (or soccer) stadium and the domain of the city's most popular team: Real Madrid. Fútbol is an integral part of Spanish life, and the stadium's sheer size is example of this (its capacity is 81,044).
Should you want to take a tour, you'll have to pay 25 euros (about $29) for an adult ticket and 18 euros (about $21) for kids 14 and younger. You can also book a tour with an audio guide for 5 euros extra. Tour hours vary by season and the team's schedule, but recent travelers said the tours are worth the time and money. They recommend wearing comfortable shoes and carving out at least two hours for the tour. For more information, visit the stadium's website. You can find the venue off the Santiago Bernabeu metro stop.
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#1 Plaza Mayor
This square, located in the heart of Madrid, is more a must-experience attraction than a must-see one. Surrounded by cafes and bars, Plaza Mayor practically begs passersby to take a seat, order a coffee or glass of wine (depending on the time of day) and people-watch. Not only do throngs of tourists pass through, but multiple street performers plant their feet here to entertain. The square starts getting busy around 2 p.m. and will grow increasingly busy as night falls. If you find yourself in Madrid during the holidays, locals recommend visiting the holiday markets held in the plaza.
Recent travelers acknowledge the touristy nature of Plaza Mayor – the souvenir shops, the less-than-gourmet yet overpriced restaurants, for instance – but for most travelers, Plaza Mayor still affords a lovely ambience. If you want to learn more about the history behind Plaza Mayor, which dates back to 1617, reviewers suggest you sign up for a walking tour. One of the city's most emblematic pieces of public art, the statue of Philip III on horseback, can also be found here.
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