Our wish is to inspire happiness and for that reason, we want to suggest some original plans for your trip to Madrid. Visiting the capital is an exciting experience in itself, but it can be even more so thanks to the wide variety of leisure options it offers.
Madrid is much more than its museums and amazing shows, and that's why we invite you to leave your map behind and enjoy some special plans that will make you feel like you live in Madrid.
Are you ready to stop being a tourist and let yourself be captivated by the Madrilenian scene? Write down these 10 original plans for your next visit to Madrid!
1. ‘WAH’ Dinner Show
The international ‘WAH’ show, which is every bit as good as a show in Las Vegas or Broadway, has arrived in Madrid for the first time (and is planning to stay until banned) to offer us a 5-hour jaw-dropping experience thanks to its spectacular proposal that combines theatre, music and gastronomy. Three perfect ingredients for enjoying different and original activities in Madrid.
Venue: IFEMA MADRID, Avda. Partenón, 5
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday - Dinner and Show performance at 19:30. Aftershow from 23:15 pm to 01:00 pm.
Saturdays and Sundays matinee performance - Lunch and Show at 13:00. Aftershow from 17:15 to 18:15.
Price: From €34
2. Live jazz concert + dinner
Doesn’t going to a live concert along with a delicious dinner at one of the best venues in the world seem like an original plan? We think it’s both original and incredible. This is the Café Central proposal, a bar that boasts the privilege of having had some of the most famous artists of the genre on its stage. It’s no coincidence that the famous jazz magazine Down Beat included this bar in the list of the 150 best jazz bars in the world.
Venue: Plaza del Ángel, 10
Opening hours: Sun. to Thurs. from 12:30 to 2:30. Fri. and Sat. from 12.30 to 3:30.
Price: Between €10 and €16.
3. Discover the ghost metro station
It may be an amusing activity to do in Madrid for many, but for others, it’s a plan only for really brave tourists…
Travelling back in time is possible, and you can do so in Madrid. The Chamberí metro station was once part of a line opened in 1919, but due to technical reasons, it had to be closed down in the 1960s, thus becoming a ghost station.
It has now been restored, so you can see “platform zero”, as it was back when it was opened. It even preserves some of the original ads built into the tile walls.
Venue: Plaza de Chamberí, s/n
Opening hours: Nave de Motores de Pacífico museum: Fri., Sat. and Sun. from 10:00 to 14:00.
Chamberí station: Fri. from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00 and Sat. and Sun. from 10:00 to 14.00.
4. The 2 Ds: declutter and divide up your pantry
Sport is always a very good plan. No matter where or what time of year, given that you will be around Madrid, we recommend you visit Sharma Climbing, the largest climbing wall facility in Spain.
It has about 4,000 sq. metres of climbing walls, where fun and adrenalin are guaranteed, for young and old alike, as they offer climbing lessons to persons over 4 years.
And if the streets of Madrid, with their steep slopes and dips are not enough for you, the 19-m high wall with its almost 160 routes and 150 blocks is one of the many fantastic plans the city has to offer.
Venue: Julián Camarillo, 55
Opening hours: Monday to Friday - from 8:00 to 23:00. Saturdays and Sundays - 9:00 to 22:00.
Price: From €12
5. Free exhibitions at Casa Encendida
Among the many things to do in Madrid, letting your imagination run wild with art is one of the best plans. The city has countless cultural and art centres and many museums and exhibition halls, but one of the most interesting and original is La Casa Encendida.
Its original name, which has nothing to do with fires, pays tribute to the book of the same name by the poet from Granada Luis Rosales. An avant-garde, modern centre with four exhibition floors featuring works by emerging artists of all genres.
And not only that; with luck, you can go to a concert, see a play or even go to a film festival. The perfect plan to do alone or with your family.
Venue: Ronda de Valencia 2
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 22:00.
6. Sustainable wine tourism routes
When you plan your trip, leave some time for relaxation and enjoyment. What better way to do it than to sip a delicious glass of wine in a beautiful setting?
You will also find original plans in the areas that surround Madrid. The countryside that is less than one hour from the city is unbelievable, just as unbelievable as the hundreds of wineries you can visit.
And things taste better when they are kind to the planet and to nature, and for this reason, we invite you to visit the “Las Moradas de San Martín” winery, which offers an experience that will allow you to unwind and taste its organic wines in the open air.
Venue: Sierra de Gredos
Opening hours: Tues. to Sat. from 10:30 to 13:00.
7. Dinner at DSTAgE
Its fusion of Spanish, Mexican and Japanese cuisine have led this restaurant, managed by the Chef Diego Guerrero, to receive no less than two Michelin Stars, which makes it one of the best in Madrid. Not bad, right?
A venue with an industrial, urban aesthetic that welcomes not only gourmets and those who love good food, but also people (young and old) who want to learn and try new gastronomic techniques in the different workshops they run.
But take note! It’s in great demand so be sure to book in advance. But if you can’t book it, you can always try one of the favourite restaurants of the #Freshpeople.
Venue: Regueros, 8
Opening hours: Mon. to Sat. from 13:00 to 16:00 and from 21:00 to 23:00. Closed on Sundays.
Price: Short menu with 10 dishes €88 and long menu with 13 dishes, €118.
8. Cine Doré Filmoteca Española
Lights, camera and... plans to enjoy in Madrid! If you are an Almodóvar fan, you have most certainly seen this façade in one of his films. Which is only natural, as it's one of the most attractive and elegant in the city.
This cinema theatre, which was founded more than 50 ago, has not lost its charm, which can be seen by the many people who enter its busy lobby/cafeteria decorated with neon lights, as well as its small bookshop.
There are different activities to do at no charge, in addition to watching classic films and national and international cult films.
Venue: Santa Isabel, 3
Opening hours: The first session starts at 18:00 and the second at 21:00.
Price: From €3 (depending on age).
If you are fascinated by visiting so many dazzling places in the city, one different plan in Madrid will allow you to Xpresarte (express yourself) and bring out all those emotions hidden inside you.
Xpresarte is a small studio in the centre of the city that runs workshops for those who enjoy painting, and also for beginners, everyone is welcome!
You’ll have 3 hours in which to draw, relax and have fun and to meet new, creative people that will most certainly inspire you.
Venue: Calle Mayor, 6. Planta 3, oficina 11
Opening hours: Ask about the price for each session
10. Sweet Space Museum
ARTIEM Lovers and all those who have a sweet tooth will love this amusing and original plan in Madrid, the best option to transform your visit into a one-of-a kind experience.
Accompanied by works by artists such as Okuda or Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, this museum invites you to participate in a sensory experience amidst cotton candy clouds, sweets and even an ice cream stall that is presented in the form of a taste lab.
And, as you can imagine, at the end of your visit, your stomach will start to growl, but this museum has thought of everything, so when you finish it, you can enter a gift shop that sells confectionery (obviously) such as ice cream, biscuits and other sweet treats.
Venue: C. de Serrano, 61
Opening hours: Tues. to Sun. from 11:00 to 13:30 and from 15:30 to 20:00.
Price: From €18
Which plan do you like most? If you are not sure about which original plans Madrid offers, be sure to consult this list.
Now all you have to do is choose the ideal place to stay, and we have a great one in mind. Have you visited ARTIEM Madrid? Check out our website and come and pay us a visit. We look forward to seeing you!