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Top things to do in Madrid

Top things to do in Madrid

With the holidays approaching, there’s no better time to start planning for your winter getaway. Madrid is one of the most celebrated and beautiful places in the world and a magnet for elite international tourism. Home to the iconic El Corte Inglés department store in Castellana, a draw for shopping lovers as one of the world’s largest stores, there are many amazing activities for the discerning traveller within close proximity. Here are some of Madrid’s top sights to catch between a shopping spree.

1: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Just a nine-minute walk from El Corte Inglés, Madrid’s main football stadium is home to the city's most popular team: Real Madrid. Opened in 1947, the stadium is enormous and has undergone multiple renovations over the years, now seating up to 81,044 people. There is no better way to experience an integral part of the Spanish culture than to cheer on Real Madrid at a game. 

2: Puerta de Alcalá
A quick 10-munite drive from El Corte Inglés, the Puerta de Alcalá, meaning the “Citadel Gate” and derived from the Arabic word al-qal'a, is a neo-classical monumental city gate, and regarded as the first modern, post-roman, triumphal arch in Europe. It was built between 1769 and 1778, using granite and stone from Colmenar and makes a wonderful backdrop for a memorable picture.

3: El Prado Art Museum
Not falling short on culture, Madrid’s Prado Art Museum is one of the world’s first museums to hold a royal collection of art from the 15th to the 17th centuries, including the works of Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ and El Greco’s ‘The Annunciation’. Art lovers can also head to the neighbouring Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza finishing the Golden Triangle of Art to admire the works of many world-renowned abstract and surrealist artists, all only a short ride from the famous El Corte Inglés.

4: Plaza de Cibeles square
Adjacent to Paseo del Prado, marvel at marble sculptures at the city’s most famous plaza. Known for its stunning architecture, the fountain features the Roman goddess Cybele who represents Earth, agriculture and fertility, and was adopted by the city's football team. After a winning match for Real Madrid, this is the spot to celebrate the victory.  

5: El Corte Inglés
The seven-storey department store is the hotspot for visiting fashion mavens. International visitors receive a 10% reward discount card year round and can ask to have their shopping delivered to their hotel or home country, along with assistance with their tax refund. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, this shopping mall is in the heart of Madrid, and a stone’s throw away from many local attractions. The store features over 8,000 Spanish and international brands and is the ideal answer to the most discerning shopper with its comprehensive collection of designers.
Anyone on a shopping break should not miss stepping into the El Corte Ingles’ concept stores Serrano 52MAN and Serrano 47WOMAN. The impressive men-dedicated store Serrano 52MAN incorporates the latest trends in prestigious men's fashion across seven floors dedicated to showcasing different styles and garments for every occasion.
The recently opened women-focused store, Serrano 47WOMAN, spanning 11,000 square metres offers everything a woman would need in fashion, accessories, and in beauty, perfumery and cosmetics. The diverse offering of products on each floor from high-end brand names in fashion and beauty is sure to suit ever fashionista’s taste and luxury spending sprees.
People travel the world to find the beautiful and fantastic, and Madrid brims with exceptional experiences, whether it is the latest collection of a fashion designer at El Corte Inglés, a painting at one of its museums, or historic buildings that defy time. Let the imagination run wild and find inspiration at every corner of this storied city. El Corte Inglés is an iconic landmark of fashion that marks itself as a destination in its own right.

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