Sunday is one of the best days to enjoy all that Madrid has to offer.
Sure, you might not get any errands done, but that’s what weekdays are for! Weekends, and especially Sundays, are for enjoying life as only a madrileño knows how. In fact, Madrid on Sundays might just be the city at its best! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Madrid on Sundays to end your weekend on a high note.
1. Visit world-class museums for free
Madrid’s museum scene is one of the best in Europe, and there’s no better day to enjoy it than Sunday. The Reina Sofía (Calle de Santa Isabel, 52), home to Picasso’s iconic Guernica, is free from 13:30-19:00 every Sunday. More into classic art? You can also visit the nearby Prado (Paseo del Prado, s/n) for free from 17:00-19:00. And if you’re looking to get off the beaten path, the outdoor Museo de Arte Público de Madrid (Paseo de la Castellana, 40) is also totally gratis.
2. Wander through El Rastro
One of the must-do activities in Madrid on Sundays? Checking out the city’s most famous flea market! The bustling and vibrant El Rastro is packed with more than 400 years of history and countless bizarre finds. It sets up shop every Sunday along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, in the heart of Madrid’s colorful La Latina neighborhood. You can’t visit Madrid on Sundays without stopping by!
El Rastro is one of our favorite Sunday traditions, but the sheer amount of stalls and objects for sale can be a bit overwhelming to new visitors. Luckily, we’re here to help! Join us on our Madrid Rastro Tour & Tapas Crawl for an insider’s look at the market and tips on how to shop like a local!
3. Enjoy brunch or take a picnic
Everyone’s new favorite meal is gaining popularity in Madrid! There’s nothing quite like a fun Sunday brunch with good friends to end your weekend in style. Madrid is full of great brunch spots and gorgeous terraces just waiting to be discovered. Grab some of your closest friends and discover your new favorite brunch spot!
Want something a little more low-key? Pick up some fresh bread and produce at the market and head to one of Madrid’s renowned green spaces for a picnic! Either way, it’s a delicious way to relax and enjoy Madrid on Sundays.
4. Check out the interesting Mercado de Motores
This market unlike any other isn’t the best-known thing to do in Madrid on Sundays, but that makes it one of our favorites! The Mercado de Motores opens its doors from 11:00-22:00 the second weekend of every month. It features fresh food and handmade clothing, but unlike other markets, it takes place inside the old train station at the Museo del Ferrocarril (Paseo de las Delicias, 61)! The beautiful, unique vintage setting makes it a must.
5. Escape the city and take a day trip
Take things one step further and get out of town! There are dozens of beautiful towns and small cities within your reach from the Spanish capital. A day trip from Madrid is the perfect way to really take advantage of your Sunday. From the stunning Alcázar of Toledo to Segovia’s towering aqueduct, Madrid is the perfect home base for discovering some of Spain’s most precious cultural treasures.
6. Eat like a local
Madrid on Sundays is filled with madrileños packing into tapas bars and onto sunny terraces to enjoy food and drinks in good company. To really get a taste of the local gastronomic scene, join the fun! With all day to relax, Sunday makes the perfect day for a tapas crawl or a hearty, home-cooked meal.
Hungry yet? We’d love for you to join us! Our foodie experiences in Madrid are one of the best ways to eat like a local any weekend. Whether you’re a history buff, art aficionado or food fan in general, we’ve got a tour for you. Hope to see you soon!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.