Madrid, a football capital... but not only!
This Real Madrid football trip will take you to discover a bewitching city with a lot of charm. Madrid, the first city of the country is also surprisingly a capital on a human scale. A few days are enough to get to know it at its best.
Lovers of art and especially of painting will be the first served in Madrid, where some of the most beautiful museums in the world are concentrated. The Prado Museum is the top of the bill, as well as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, where you can admire Picasso’s famous Guernica.
You will feast your eyes in Madrid on foot. Walk up the Gran Via, the city’s main artery. Shopping fans will love it here, even for football shopping! Indeed, along the avenue you will find the official shops of the city’s two leading clubs. All you need to equip yourself before going to the stadium. The Gran Via is also home to Madrid’s “skyline” of skyscrapers, some of which offer the best views of the city. Also on foot, the more popular La Latina district is a must-see. It is one of the most typical areas of Madrid. It is full of bars and restaurants and is a mecca for Madrid’s culture.
On the way to the Santiago Bernabeu…
Amongst the multitude of things to do in Madrid, take time to stroll around the Parque El Retiro, the largest park in the city. You’ll feel like a real Madrider, as they have their own family walks, jogging, rollerblading, cycling etc…
No doubt that your adventures in Madrid will take you to the Atocha metro station, infamous for the 2004 bombings, but with its tropical greenhouse, it’s originality without equal!
As far as the cuisine is concerned, Spanish gastronomy is no longer to be praised. You’ll find all the specialities you’ve come for, tapas included!
Finally, what would a trip to a Spanish city be like without its squares, those high places of Spanish daily life? Madrid is no exception to the rule, and has an unbelievable number of squares, but here are a few that you’d do well not to miss:
La Plaza Mayor : emblematic square of Madrid
La Puerta del Sol : kilometre 0: the centre of the country !
La Plaza de España : nad the Cervantes monument
La Plaza de la Vila : oldest square of the city
The Santiago Bernabéu opens its doors to you for a match (and maybe a visit?), on the occasion of your Real Madrid football trip ! The “cathedral”, as it is called, is a match for its longstanding resident club, Real Madrid. It is home to the most successful club by far at European level (19 titles). These huge, vertiginous terraces can accommodate 81,000 Real aficionados. The Santiago Bernabéu even reached a capacity of 125,000 when it was first renovated in 1954.
The stadium takes its name from the same Santiago Bernabéu, player and first president of the club (a position he held until his death in 1978). He is considered the founding father of Real Madrid. He was at the origin of the philosophy of recruiting foreign players, which continues to this day, when so many other Spanish clubs follow a more conservative model.
The biggest names in the game of football have trodden and walked on his turf. Puskas, Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham, Casillas, Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos … are among an endless list of stars who have worn the “Casa Blanca” shirt.
The Santiago Bernabéu stadium is a monument to world football. It is a monument in itself, since it occupies an important place in the city of Madrid, not only because of its size, but also because of the influence of Real Madrid. And it is by visiting it that you will be able to realise the extent and influence of the club in the city, but also in the world football scene. For any self-respecting football fan, the Bernabéu is not a must, it is a consecration. Don’t wait any longer to experience a Real Madrid football trip !
They talk about it best :
These bloggers and stadium fans tell you about their stadium experience at the Santiago Bernabeu !
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