We’ve got together with the Spanish Tourist Office to explore some of the best things to do on a family holiday with your teens in Madrid.
There’s also the chance for you to win a fantastic holiday for two to Spain worth £8,000. (Details of how to enter are at the end of this post.)
Tour the Santiago Bernabéu stadium
Home to Real Madrid, this impressive stadium is named after the club’s legendary president who led the club between 1943 and 1978. It opened in 1947 and can hold 81,044 spectators, has 245 VIP boxes and four restaurants.
The Bernabéu Tour takes you around the club’s most iconic spots from the Presidential Balcony to the pitch itself, to the coaches’ heated ergonomic seats in the bench area and the players’ dressing rooms (bet you can’t resist a selfie next to their favourite player’s locker?)
There’s also an Exhibition of trophies, shirts, balls, photographs and documents plus interactive screens documenting some of the team’s greatest moments
More information: realmadrid.com
Take the Madrid Teleférico
The city cable car gives you a bird’s eye view of Madrid’s historic buildings, highways, parks and gardens above the traffic jams and noise below. The system has 80 cabins that travel 1.5 miles in 11 minutes, at a maximum altitude of 131 feet above ground level. There’s also a digital Planetarium, offering simulations of the diurnal and night sky the first Sunday of each month.
More information: teleferico.com
Ride the Parque de Atracciones, Casa de Campo
Most teens love a theme park and this one is conveniently placed in the city’s biggest green space, the Casa de Campo . Ride roller coasters, take a refreshing dip in Los Rápidos, go to the 4D cinema and – if you’re brave enough – visit The Walking Dead Experience.
More information: parquedeatracciones.es/en
Make a splash at Aquópolis Villanueva de la Cañada
Europe’s biggest water park is situated about half an hour from Madrid close to the Navacerrada mountain range. There are 12 great attractions including white water rapids, an Activities Lake and Swan Dive where you can plunge from heights of up to three metres and take a zip line across the pool. Or whizz down Splash, an almost vertical slide.
More information: villanueva.aquopolis.es
A 20 minute drive from Madrid in the village of Guadarrama this woodland park is full of adventures on high – travel round treetop circuits and whoosh across lakes on zip lines.
More information: forestalpark.com
A tradition not to be missed. If you like haggling for a bargain, head to this flea market, open every Sunday in the La Latina district, around Ribera de Curtidores, with Plaza de Cascorro at its nerve centre. It sells everything from vintage furniture to clothes, crafts and toys and you can round off your visit with an aperitif and squid sandwich in the surrounding streets.
Competition – Win a holiday to Spain worth £8,000!
The Spanish Tourist Office is running this exciting competition and to be in with the chance to win a holiday for two to Spain, you need to submit a photo, video or some words to describe ‘Your Spain.’ It can be anything from a memory of a holiday, a picture of a perfect Spanish vista or a video of what sums up your perfect Spain. The competition closes 31 Dec. For more information and to enter the competition visit: discoveryourspain.uk