Bernabéu Stadium (Estadio Santiago Bernabéu)

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Av. de Concha Espina, 1

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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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To the east of central Madrid, Parque del Buen Retiro (Buen Retiro Park) can be translated as "Park of the Pleasant Retreat," and that's what it is – a sprawling swath of lush greenery filled with formal gardens, lakes, cafes, playgrounds and more. This 300-some-acre park previously housed Felipe IV's palace and gardens, and didn't become open to the public until the late 19th century.

Today, you can still rent a rowboat to the Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), which holds regular art exhibitions or stop and smell the roses in the Rosaleda (Rose Garden), which has more than 4,000 roses. Plus, for those traveling with little ones, the Teatro de Titeres hosts puppet shows most weekends. 

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