When planning a trip to Spain, most people decide to make the beautiful and vibrant city of Madrid one of their first stops. This is because not only is the city itself beautiful with a mixture of both modern and old influences, but it houses tons of different attractions that will keep you busy each day of your visit. And with transportation in Madrid easy to use, you’ll find that it’s hard not to want to visit as many as you can. But which ones should you take the time to see? Read more to find out.

Museo Nacional Del Prado

Noted as the main Spanish national art museum, the Museo Nacional Del Prado is located in the heart of it all, in central Madrid. Here you’ll find European art dating all the way back to the 12 century. The building itself is also beautiful and was founded in 1819.

Plaza Mayor

Built between 1598 and 1621, the Plaza Mayor is found only a few blocks away from the Puerta del Sol, another famous plaza, and is noted for its rectangular, three story appearance. It is also very large in size with 9 different entry ways and a total of 237 residential balconies that face down into the plaza. If you love to take pictures in order to capture memories of your vacations, you’ll want to make sure to bring your camera here as there are lots of different angles to photograph.

Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)

Free to visit and a great spot for those wishing to take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city, this park offers beautiful views in every direction. Even though the park itself is located in the middle of the city, its size helps to make you feel as if you’re further out of town, creating a sense of calm in the mix of it all. Generally speaking, visitors tend to spend a few hours here before grabbing a lunch or dinner.

Madrid Hop-on Hop-off Tour

If you’re looking to see a lot but don’t want to walk from attraction to attraction, then a hop-on hop-off tour is a great choice for you. With these tours you get the option to literally hop on and off the double decker red bus whenever you’d like, which really allows you to customize your day much more than you would with a guided tour.

Plaza de Cibeles

A sight worth seeing over and over again, the Plaza de Cibeles wows with its design, gardens and grand scale. In essence, it’s a square structure that impresses with a complex of marble sculptures and fountains. This iconic structure is made for pictures, so make sure to have your camera handy, even if it’s just your phone camera.

Though there are a lot more things to do and see in the city than are listed here, the above attractions are some of the more noted activities and have been entertaining and wowing both locals and tourists for years now. If you’re visiting the city during season, make sure to also buy a few tickets to a soccer game as well.