The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national arts museum located in Madrid and is considered one of the greatest art museums in the world. It houses a collection of painting and sculptures from across the world, showcasing the ever changing styles and movements throughout Spanish and European history.

Retiro Park, found right in the heart of the city, is filled with interesting monuments and a variety of gardens waiting to be explored. It is a popular spot for sports activities (for example renting bikes, or boats to row on the artificial lake), street performers (children’s puppet shows) or people just out for a stroll. Dotted across the park is a number of play parks, meaning its an ideal place to take the little ones to explore as well.

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official home for the Spanish Royal family, although today it is only used for state ceremonies. The Palace has a stunning courtyard which leads to the palace, and offers spectacular views across the city. Inside you have access to lavish halls, banqueting rooms, the throne room, residential areas, the Royal Armoury and Royal Pharmacy.

Named after the legendary owner of the club, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is home to the world famous Real Madrid CF. Take a guided tour of the stadium learning about its history before having a bit to eat in its restaurant. Finish the day off in the gift shop purchasing the latest strip. The perfect day out for any football mad fan.

Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian monument which was dismantled (from its original site of Swan, in Nubia) and rebuilt in Madrid. It is dedicated to god of Amun. Its relocation was due to an international plea from UNESCO to save this site which was under threat due to the construction of the Aswan Dam and the consequent threat posed by its reservoir. The temple is located in Madrid’s Parque del Oeste.

Travelling to Madrid by Ferry

The closest ferry port to Madrid is both Bilbao and Santander Ferry Terminal. Both ferry terminals are approximately 245km away (395 miles) which would be a pleasant drive allowing you to explore the Spanish countryside, taking around 4 and a half hours.

Where ever you live in the world, driving to Madrid should be easy with ferries arriving into Spain from England and the Republic of Ireland.