3 Tips for Art, Architecture, and Athletics Enthusiasts in Madrid

Smart travelers on a mission never underestimate the importance of prioritizing and planning ahead. If you’re coming to Madrid to soak up its art offerings and athletic events, you want to avoid becoming distracted by everything else Spain’s capital has to offer. Fortunately there are tools at your disposal to ensure that you check those must-sees off your list.

1. Do Your Research Before You Arrive

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A travel site like Hipmunk isn’t just for finding hotels in Madrid. Hipmunk provides lots of background about the cities you want to visit. Hipmunk’s travel writers will point you to galleries in certain parts of town and highlight what times of year are best to visit. You should head to Madrid already knowing which museums you will visit, starting with the Golden Triangle—the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofía. Goya fans should not miss The Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida, while Sorolla enthusiasts should head to barrio Salamanca’s Museo Sorolla. Sports enthusiasts will know to head to Bernabéu stadium, while architecture experts will keep their eyes peeled for vestiges of Moorish architecture.


2. Stay Close to the Places You Want to Visit

Madrid’s most famous art museums flank the west side of Parque de Retiro. Art deco Hotel Meninas in the centro is a great choice for channeling your inner artist, as the hotel’s shower doors depict the meninas in Velázquez’s masterwork. Visiting Madrid for its art scene in February during the Arco festival is both a blessing and a curse. Book your hotels well in advance on Hipmunk, as art aficionados flock to Madrid annually for the International Festival of Contemporary Art. Since the majority of the Arco festival takes place up near the airport, you should have better luck sticking with the hotels downtown. Visit Hipmunk for other cheap hotels in Madrid.


3. Let Someone Else Do the Busy Work For You

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It can be overwhelming to figure out how to get from one point of interest to the next. Fortunately there are websites whose business is to handle the tedium of arranging tours for you. A site like Excursiopedia has figured it all out for architecture lovers who want to see UNESCO World Heritage site Aranjuez, including round-trip transportation. Sports fans can book a tour of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with Excursiopedia as well, or you can set alerts for yourself for when tickets become available for a Real Madrid game on ScoreBig.


Planning Ahead Pays Off

Booking your hotels well in advance on Hipmunk, along with exploring tour-booking sites will leave art aficionados with more peace of mind to linger in front of Las Meninas at the Prado. Architects can relax while taking in the neo-classical complex on Plaza de Cibeles, and sports fans will be glad they bought their fútbol tickets in advance. After all, your time spent in Madrid should feel more like a relaxing vacation and less like a frantic last-minute effort to scrape together a sight- seeing plan. ¡Buen viaje!

Thanks for reading! I’m so excited to be a travel writer for Hipmunk working on the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project!

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