Museo Arqueológico Nacional
We’ve compiled a list of things you might want to do in winter. Making plans for summer is easy, but when it’s colder it can be a bit trickier

Go to a museum: It’s the obvious choice, so we’ll talk about it first! My personal recommendation out of the many museums on offer is the Arqueológico Nacional (National Archaeological Museum) which looks loads better since reopening. Inside there’s a pleasant stroll looking at its valuable displays.

Eat Madrilian stew: Mouth-watering stews can be found at La Bola and El Malacatín (both are tabernas centenarias – traditional and long-standing restaurants). Also check out La Daniela for its old-style décor and portions fit for the hungriest of Madrid’s citizens.

Ice-skating: As well as temporary open-air rinks at Christmas time, there are a few all-year ones too. One of the most famous examples is the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) in Hortaleza

Go bowling: There’s bowling alleys aplenty, you can drive to one in ParqueSur in Leganés and another in Plenilunio. The one in Chamartin is more central and accessible by public transport.

Watch some comedy: Want to cheer yourself up? There’s nothing better to it than laughing your head off! Do you want to try it in Spanish? Nowhere better to do it in town than Chocita del Loro, with a great variety of shows.

Theatre and microtheatre: The Compañía de Teatro Clásico Nacional (National Classical Theatre Company) always puts on sell-out shows, so it’s worthwhile buying tickets in advance. Another, more modern, concept is the microtheatre – you can find a wide range of them.

Indoor karting: A fun way to spend a winter day is go-karting. The place for it is the Carlos Sainz Center, in Puerta del Angel.

Live music: Check out our list of the top 10 music venues.

Reading area in Palacio de Cibeles: Getting to the top of the viewing platform costs 2€. In winter it’ll be cold, so later you can hang out inside in the colourful and comfy armchairs on the ground floor, where you can browse the selection of books and the daily papers.

Go to a spa: There are plenty of options at all kinds of prices. On the 23rd floor of one of the Cuatro Torres there’s a spa with great views (Anssora Spa); in the Plaza de Jacinto Benavente there are Arab baths (Hammam) and in Alcobendas there’s an indoor swimming pool (Valdelasfuentes) where you don’t just go to swim in lanes, but it seems more like a summer holiday resort, with wave pools and a jacuzzi. Price 18€.

Go up to the Sierra to play in the snow: You can go on a guided tour on snowshoes or simply play in the snow in Puerto de Navacerrada or in La Morcuera.

Raquetas de nieve en la Sierra de Guadarrama

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