Sunny weather, delicious food, beautiful architecture and one of the best football leagues in the world. Spain has everything you’re looking for to make a football trip to a nice city. When you have decided to go to the south of Europe, the question is: which city do you want to visit?
Barcelona is more of a tourist city with many attractions such as Parc Güell, a long beach and FC Barcelona, the football club of Lionel Messi. Madrid offers great things in return, such as interesting art museums, a vibrant nightlife, restaurants with delicious food and two top football clubs. In this blog we take you to Madrid for a tour in the Spanish capital.
‘Hala Madrid’ and ‘Vamos Atleti’
We start our trip in Madrid at the biggest club of the city. Real Madrid needs no explanation as ‘the best club of the twentieth century’. The Whites have been awarded this title by the FIFA and live up to this reputation through the thirteen victories of the Champions League. The Santiago Bernabéu stadium is an impressive stadium where a lot of history has been written.
The other top club from the Spanish capital is Atlético Madrid, located in the east side of town. In recent years, Atlético is a consistent participant in the fight for the title of La Liga and the European final rounds. Under the Argentinean coach Diego Simeone, Atleti has been playing his matches with a fighting spirit. Since 2017 they do this in the new Wanda Metropolitano, a modern stadium that is definitely worth a visit.
Rayo Vallecano, Getafe and Leganés
There are three more footballs clubs in the Madrid area. Rayo Vallecano is a club with a fanatic fanbase, located in the working-class neighborhood of Vallecas and playing alternately at the highest and second level. Getafe is located in a suburb of Madrid. The stadium, Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, has no roof and with a shining sun you can enjoy a game of football in the open air. The last team Leganés also has a stadium without a roof. Leganés plays a little further away from the centre of Madrid, but for the real fan who wants to see as many stadiums as possible, a half hour travel to Butarque stadium is not too far.
More football? Si, por favor!
A visit to a game or a tour in one of the impressive stadiums is a unique experience, but Madrid has more to offer in terms of football. For example, you can learn all about Spanish football history or watch football in a sports bar.
Spanish national football museum
El Museo Nacional del Fútbol is located on the terrain of the Spanish Football Federation, about 20 kilometres outside the city of Madrid. All prizes and trophies can be admired here; from the early years of international football to the successes of Spain in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The complex is also the training ground of the Spanish national teams, who gather here. By train it’s half an hour from Madrid to the ‘City of Football’, as the headquarters of Spanish football are called.
Watch a football game in a sports bar
If your favourite team from home is playing while you’re in Madrid, there are many sports bars where you can go to watch. The O’Neill’s Irish Pub, close to Puerta del Sol in the city centre, broadcasts all important football games on a big screen. There are a lot of international visitors in the pub, so you can make friends with football fans from other countries.
For Real Madrid supporters, another great place to watch football is El Rincon De Toñín El Torero. The bar is completely designed in the style of Real Madrid. There is a signed shirt from Raúl hanging on the wall, which is also decorated with many photos, such as a very large poster of Santiago Bernabéu. Local fans of Real Madrid gather here to watch matches. El Rincon De Toñín El Torero is a little further from the city centre, but the prices are lower and your pint is served with a typical tapa. A real Spanish experience!
Outside of football: things to do in Madrid
Apart from football, you can see much more in Madrid. For example, the palace where the King of Spain works, called Palacio Real, is located here in the Spanish capital. Also there are three internationally known museums with a wide collection of art; the Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
In the centre of the city you will find the Gran Vía, a long street full of shops, hotels and theatres. But you can also spend your time on the main squares of Madrid, Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, or in the Retiro Park, where you will find peace and entertainment by all kinds of street artists.
To get the most out of your visit to Madrid, combine a football match with a tour through the city. This way you can enjoy all the beauty that Madrid has to offer!
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