This upscale city center has regal charm as the official home to the Spanish royal family, with the royal palace, Teatro Real and the Royal Opera House. The Plaza Oriente features sculpted gardens dotted with open-air bistros, where you can dine in old-world style before your opera or stroll through the Sabatini gardens. The Almudena Cathedral is just opposite the Royal Palace, with its wide-open interior space and modern splendors.
Getting Around Madrid
The best way to get around Madrid is by using the Metro and walking. From the Barajas airport, you can take the Metro from Terminal 2 or Terminal 4. Trains leave every 5 minutes between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. Line 8 will take you to the center of Madrid and takes only 12 minutes. (
Nearby Airports
  • Madrid–Barajas Airport-MAD
Airport Taxis
  • 25 Euro
Things to Do and See Near Opera