Cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, pubs, restaurants, theme parks, shopping areas, parks and gardens, museums, historic monuments, etc. are major choices, as you can see, for have some entertainment in Madrid, which is a reference place for those who want to accomplish their entertainment expectations.
The Centre area, and more specifically the Gran Via, is the ideal place to watch a musical and have dinner in the multiple traditional and high-quality bars, taverns or restaurants. But if you want to have everything at hand, both in and out the capital, there are big shopping malls where stores, cinemas and a wide range of restaurants make the tourist more comfortable.
If you want the other side of Madrid, its colourful nightlife will not disappoint you, thanks to the high number of pubs and clubs spread across all over the city. But if you want to relax, parks and gardens such as Retiro, Madrid Río, Capricho or the Botanic Garden, as well as its cafes and hotels, show the nicest side of the city. In order to have a beautiful sigh of the capital, the best thing you can do is to take a Tourist Bus that travels around the city.
The different municipalities of Madrid also count with a full schedule of musical, stage and film events, and a wide range of restaurants for those who want to get away from the heaving capital.
Madrid with your family
The whole family can enjoy the wide range of entertainment activities when visiting Madrid. From the most pedagogical activities, workshops and tours for children in some museums like Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza or Reina Sofía museum; to the most peculiar activities such as boat rowing, in Retiro Park, recall the Alatriste Captain adventures in the Madrid de los Austrias or take a tour of Chamberí “Ghost station”, abandoned by the Metro of Madrid authorities, which turned into Andén 0 (Zero platform) museum.
In addition, the Zoo-Aquarium or Faunia is an ideal place for the younger children to come in contact with nature; while in Madrid Warner Park or Madrid Amusement Park they can enjoy a wide range of attractions. The National Museum of Archaeology, the Madrid Planetarium, Madrid Caiza Forum, the Wax Museum or the Natural Sciences museum, to take some examples, are some of the proposals that complete this offer. If you rather enjoy a more relaxing leisure and free time, you must visit the squares located all around the city, from the biggest ones like Spain, Cibeles or Plaza Mayor, to the smallest ones hidden in all quarters of the city and where people from Madrid enjoy life.
If you travel with your family, we recommend you, besides the Guides “52 Proposals for 52 Weekends” (“52 Propuestas para 52 Fines de Semana”) and “Cultural Tourism Getaways” (“Escapadas de Turismo Cultural”), both recommended for family tourism, the “99 Proposals focused on family tourism in the Region of Madrid” (“99 Propuestas Orientadas al Turismo Familiar en la Comunidad de Madrid”). These are indoor suggestions, in contact with nature and environment educative, sports, cultural and educative - museums, history spots, science and technology, theatres and art - and leisure activities – train tours, in contact with animals, driving activities, shows and attractions. A high number of activities can be done and many places can be enjoyed with children anytime.