Sightseeing in Madrid is easy and fun with the super-value Madrid Card. This amazing package not only gives you one-time free entry to more than 50 of the top museums and monuments in the city but also entitles you to unlimited use of the tourist bus and free entry to a number of guided tours. Plus, you get priority access at busy places like National Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia National Museum and Royal Palace.
Your handy card is available in 24, 48 or 72 hour options and comes with a useful guide book and map with information about museums, services included and participating establishments, available in 5 languages (Spanish, English, French, German and Italian).
The card is activated the first time it is used at a participating establishment. Once activated, the card can be used for 24, 48 or 72 hours depending on the option chosen.
Here is a selection of some of the many wonderful places you can visit with your Madrid Card:
Prado National Museum: This world famous collection includes many of the greatest works of El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Titian and Rubens. Check out the ‘Crown Prince's Treasure’ – a glorious assemblage of elaborate carved glasses, tableware, jewellery and furniture. If you are not an art buff, allow 2 hours for the Prado. If you love art, you’ll need longer!
Reina Sofia N. Museum: Madrid’s museum of modern art and home of Picasso’s masterpiece ‘Guernica’. Contains two main collections: the first comprising Spanish art from the late 19th century to the late 1940s, with paintings by Picasso, Dali, Miro and Solana, and the second dedicated to art from the 1940s to the present day. Allow around 2 hours for this museum.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: A collection of 800 pieces from the 14th century to the 20th century, including Renaissance portraits, Flemish and Italian and German paintings plus a vast assemblage of contemporary works from impressionism to pop art. Again you need around 2 hours to view this collection.
Royal Palace of Madrid: Formerly the official residence of the royal family. Admire the beautiful Gasparini hall, with decorations by Tiepolo, Neapolitan furniture and magnificent Venetian lamps. Other delights include works by Caravaggio, Velasquez and Goya, an outstanding tapestry collection and the Porcelain Room, where the walls are covered completely with green and white porcelain.
The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial: See the 17th century baroque room containing the bodies of almost every Spanish king. Another highlight is the lavish library, with ceiling paintings by Michelangelo’s disciple Pellegrino Tibaldi.
Benedictine Abbey of the Sacred Cross in the Valley of the Fallen: Near El Escorial is the ‘Valley of the Fallen’, a monumental memorial conceived by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco to honor the dead of the Spanish Civil War. A haunting image of the Valley is the vast granite cross which dominates the scene.
Royal Palace of El Pardo: An exquisite building erected in the 16th century but with the style of a medieval castle. The interior decoration is outstanding with wonderful tapestries, 18th and19th century furniture and many works of art.
The Museum of America in Madrid: A fascinating assemblage of artefacts largely collected during the Spanish colonisation of the Americas. Some pieces are very old, going back to pre-historic times. Among other enthralling exhibits, you can see ancient Mayan parchments, Incan mummies and a wealth of gold ornaments.
The Cerralbo Museum: When the Marquis of Cerralbo passed away in 1922, he donated his home and its treasures to Spain. The Cerralbo Museum presents the family collections of art, ancient weaponry and pottery, just as they were left by the Marquis. Visit the Museum to find out what life was like for a wealthy 19th century Spaniard.
The Debod Temple: In gratitude for Spanish help in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt donated the Temple of Debod to Spain in 1968. This authentic Egyptian temple, dedicated to the gods Amon and Isis, was originally built in the fourth century B.C. at the village of Debod, near the sacred temple island of Philae.
Birthplace of Cervantes Museum: The house where Miguel de Cervantes, author of ‘Don Quixote’, was born in 1547. This engaging museum shows visitors the daily life of an affluent household during the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Real Madrid Football Club Trophy Exhibition: Different from the traditional concept of a Trophy Room. The main collection is enhanced with a large number of historical objects, some donated by the players themselves, and an impressive selection of multimedia displays.
Plus, you get free entry to ‘Discover Madrid’ guided tours. These include many different aspects of the city such as Gran Vía – Culture, Fashion and Celebrities, Hapsburg Madrid, Traditional Taverns of Madrid and much more.
And it doesn’t stop there. You also get free entry to Bernabeu Stadium Tour, Atlético de Madrid Tour, and Tour ‘Las Ventas’ (Bullfight). And when you need a break from sightseeing you can enjoy a complimentary drink (wine or beer) and a traditional ‘tapa’ (tasty snack). Also your Madrid Card entitles you to discounts in participating stores, restaurants, shows and discos.
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Your 24, 48 or 72 Madrid Card can also be combined with a Zone A Travel Pass in the following combinations:
• Madrid Card 24 hours + Zone A 2 day travel pass
• Madrid Card 48 hours + Zone A 3 day travel pass
• Madrid Card 72 hours + Zone A 3 day travel pass
Your Zone A Travel Pass gives you unlimited travel on the public transport network, including buses and the Metro for the chosen validity period. You can see all the sights and fit in some great shopping and dining as well.
You also receive a handy Map of Madrid showing bus routes, the underground and train network, plus places of interest for tourists, available in Spanish and English.
Madrid Travel Pass Zone A includes all routes within the designated Zone A area and roughly covers the area within the municipal boundaries.
The Pass is activated the first time it is used on a Metro or bus service, not when it is purchased, and the expiry date is printed onto the back. Once activated, the card can be used for the number of consecutive days that have been purchased (eg 2, 3, 5, 7). The pass will be valid on nocturnal services until 0500h (05:00am) of the day following the expiry date.