There is an endless assortment of Madrid venues worth checking out. That’s because it’s a big city, and like any big city, it has a lot of stuff. Except this stuff is all in Spanish. Stuff in Spanish is “cosas.”
Anyway, from the sporting venue perspective, you have to check out Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. That’s the city’s major stadium and home to Real Madrid, which is probably the most well-known soccer team in the universe. Other big stadiums include Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas and Vicente Calderón, which play host to less well-known but less fan-obsessed soccer teams. Estadio Vicente Calderon is also one of the biggest concert venues in Madrid and is a frequent stop on the calendars of major international artists who can draw thousands of screaming fans to their feet.
Live performance venues are all over, from classic flamenco shows at cozy neighborhood venues to major concerts and international productions at the host of large playhouses and theaters. Teatro Pradillo, Centro Cultural de la Villa, and Teatro de Madrid are all theater venues worth looking into, while Palacio Vistalegre, Sala Shoko, La Riviera, and Sala Heineken are also great music venues that are slightly smaller than the major stadiums but still big players on the scene.
Shopping venues also abound – those Spanish are a fashionable bunch – so shopping nuts will have plenty of opportunity to burn up their Visas as they walk from classy boutique to the latest fashion emporium.