Unlike many other destinations in Spain, having fun in Madrid doesn't depend on the weather. Madrid is a city geared up to the needs of all kinds of people, and isn't merely a tourist destination, so as soon as your feet hit the ground here, you will feel its energy. There is more than enough to do for everyone, regardless of age, taste, or budget.
Couples will enjoy an evening at the beautiful Royal Theatre (Teatro Real). Every week the theatre shows both opera and ballet. Big star names have performed here, including Plácido Domingo. The theatre is in the centre of Madrid. Metro: Opera (Red Line, L2) plus 2 minutes walk to the Plaza de Oriente.
For more information you can call the Teatro Real on Tel: +34 91 516 0660, or you can reach the ticket office on Tel: +34 90 224 4848.
A Madrid weekend break for couples, wouldn't be complete without experiencing the romantic setting of the Arabic Medina Mayritt Spa. The first thing that impressed me was the delicious smells from the oils. You can choose between just lazing around in the spa and sauna, having a massage, or a skin treatment. The spa is joined to a restaurant that serves both lunch and dinner. They do a special offer of bath, massage, dinner and live show for €65.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday.
Reservations: +34 91 429 9020
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To get to the spa take the metro. Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) plus 5 minutes walk to calle Atocha, 14.
If you don't plump for dinner at the spa, then head up the road, through Puerta del Sol, up to Gran Via, and into the barrio of Chueca. On a warm evening this is a lovely stroll of about 15 - 20 minutes. Or take the Metro: Chueca (Green Line, L5).
It may sound obvious, but don't forget to take your swimwear. Towels are provided. Ensure to reserve them in advance.
Chueca is the home of Madrid's gay scene, but it also attracts a wide variety of other people. It is filled with gorgeous, artistic, colourful and unusual bars and restaurants. I love walking up and down the street Calle Horteleza because I frequently notice a new venue that I haven't seen before. There are some stunning restaurants here that are intimate and perfect for a romantic meal. Price-wise it's mid range to expensive, but I think it's worth it.
The Faunia nature park will give families a whole day of fun. It's home to over 4,000 animals. Inside the park, several of the worlds eco-systems have been re-created, and animals and plants from all over the world live in each area.
There is a large fresh water lake where flamingos, ducks and swans live, and the central island of the lake is home a rare community of Capuchin monkeys.
To get to Faunia you can take the metro:
Metro: Valdebernardo (Purple Line, L9)
To see more detailed information about Faunia, and pictures, see our page on Faunia Madrid.
If you're on a budget with the kids, take them to Retiro Park on a weekend morning. It costs nothing to enter and is often full of clowns, Punch and Judy shows and entertainers. You can even rent out a rowing boat.
The nightlife in Madrid is the stuff of legends, and so there's no shortage of places to go. To start, I would head around the bars in the Plaza Santa Ana, and after that, Las Huertas.
Metro: Latina (Red Line, L2) and 5 minutes walk.
Boys might want to try the Real Madrid stadium tour. For more information see our Real Madrid stadium tour page.
Remember that few people head out for the night before 23:00, and clubs don't get busy until around 01:00.
Girls can prepare for their night out and shop till they drop at the enormous Madrid Xanadú complex. It is also an indoor ski slope, and it houses over 220 shops. It's open every single day of the year, and also has a fantastic selection of restaurants to suit all budgets. See our page on the Madrid Xanadu.
If you fancy a change from dancing on your stilettos all night, go and see the musical 'Mamma Mia' at the Lope de Vega theatre. It's on Gran Via, 57. But get your tickets in advance.
If you do want to dance all night, then try the Palacio Gaviria on calle Arenal. It's an old palace built in 1850, and still decorated in a lavish style. The entry fees are:
Calle Arenal, 9
28013 Madrid, España.
Metro: Sol (Red Line, L2) Plus 5 minutes walk.
This page has examples of itineraries for the young, the old and families. You'll find tips and suggestions about fun places to visit during the day and night. Families and couples will find out about interesting attractions and lads and girls will find out where they can go and party. You can see here How To Travel To each of the venues that we've suggested. Follow this link where to stay in Madrid. to learn more.