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We suggest ten things to do and see even when it is raining:
Located in Puerta del Sol, where, since 1858, it has sold umbrellas, hats, shawls, fans, castanets, combs and walking canes. Everything is hand crafted at their factory in Mesonero Romanos street.
Its arcades offer you shelter and distraction despite the bad weather. Here, at the popular and traditional bars, you can try one of the famous calamari baguette; or find the stamp, coin or medal you were looking for at the old fashioned shops. And at Casa de la Panadería (Plaza Mayor, 27) is the Madrid Tourism Centre and the Madrid Shop where you can get hold of all types of souvenirs.
The San Miguel market is one of the leading places for local delicatessen products and is, being a traditional point of sale, the perfect place to enjoy some tapas and a drink.
There is a special place that you really should visit–a place where you will always find Caribbean temperatures. It is the green house at the Atocha station, which has more than4,000 square metres of tropical gardens with more than 250 botanical species, turtles and tropical fish.
If you like football, then don’t miss out on this tour of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Sit on the bench that has been occupied by some of the greatest coaches in the history of world football, wander around the locker rooms where players spend the last few minutes before each match or go through the tunnel leading to the pitch itself and step onto the grass where so many important matches have been played.
There is a golden triangle whose vertices are the three most important museums in the capital: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia. You cannot leave our city without visiting them and on a rainy day they are ideal.
The Wax Museum is great especially if travelling with children. There is a direct entrance from the metro, so you don’t even have to go outside, and waiting for you are hundreds of different characters ready to help explain history in an interesting and amusing way.
If you are looking for something a little quieter, stop by the Fine Arts Circle and sit in its café and watch the world go by through its enormous windows. Its large columns and the three frescoes by José Ramón Zaragoza on the ceiling remind us that we are in one of the most interesting cultural centres in the city.
The theatre is always a good option and especially if you can go for half-price. Go to Plaza del Carmen and get yourself a ticket to one of the city’s theatres. Two hours before the show is to start buy tickets here with up to 50% discount at theatres such as the Albéniz, the Alcázar, the Infanta Isabel or the Gran Via, and up to 30 function rooms.