Top 10 Non-Touristy Things To Do In Madrid, Spain - Updated 2021

Non-touristy Things To Do In Madrid

As the capital of Spain, Madrid is overflowing with cultural and entertainment activities. Stroll around the Royal Palace of Madrid, visit the world-class European art collection at the Museo Nacional Del Prado and get absorbed in the main square of Plaza Madrid. There are many more activities on offer in Madrid, though. We’ve scoured the streets to find you the top ten things that you can do away from the bustling crowds of tourists. These unique experiences will leave you with incredible memories. Let’s start the countdown so you can book today.

1. Mountain biking in Madrid (from USD 130.0)

Swap the busy streets for the wind in your hair and the speed of cycling through some of the best routes Madrid has to offer. Mountain biking takes place in Casa de Campo, which is an urban paradise covering seven thousand acres (2832 hectares). Or, you could choose the Sierra De Guadarrama option and cycle through the National Park. Whichever route you choose, the tour will last three or four hours and include renting your bike, discussing routes, transportation and plenty of cycling time.

Mountain Biking in Madrid - Small-Group

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

2. Unique snowshoe hiking experience (from USD 160.0)

This three/four-hour small group tour explores the area of Sierra de Guadarrama. You’ll have an expert guide to show you how to use your snowshoes before you select a trail that’s suitable to your group’s fitness levels and set off. You’ll be amazed at just how quiet and serene the surrounding area is. The tour is even suitable for children from the age of six, the whole family can enjoy this fun day out!

Snowshoe Hiking in Madrid - Small Group

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

3. minute super Segway tour (from USD 23.71)

non-touristy things to do in madrid | minute super segway tour

This 90-minute Segway tour will take you through the stunning El Retiro Park, known as one of Madrid’s most important tourist spots. You’ll start the day with instructions on how to use the Segway before heading out. You’ll pass by pretty landscaped gardens, rows of sculpted trees, and even La Puerta de Alcalá. You’ll also pass by Cibeles Palace, the old financial district and the Puerta del Sol.

Madrid: City Center and Retiro Park 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Duration: 1.5 hour

365 reviews

4. Arabian baths experience (from USD 103.0)

If you’re looking for pure tranquility and relaxation, then this final listing might be your ideal choice. Head to the candle-lit Arabian Baths and indulge in the soothing pools and peaceful ambiance. This luxurious spa was originally built in the medieval ages, and with this experience, you can enjoy 1.5 hours of pure bliss. The original pricing includes a 15-minute massage. Or, you can upgrade to include a professional exfoliating body scrub and a 30-minute massage. You’ll come out feeling as good as new.

Arabian Baths Experience at Madrid's Hammam Al Ándalus with 45 minutes massage

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

10 reviews

5. Wanda Metropolitano Stadium tour (from USD 24.0)

wanda metropolitano stadium tour

If you’re a football fan then this tour is an absolute must. During the 45-minute guided or self-guided tour, you’ll have the chance to visit behind the scenes locations. You’ll feel a whole new level of football fandom while visiting the new home of Atlético de Madrid. One of the highlights of the tour is standing in the dressing room and walking out onto the pitch. Be sure to visit the gift store to grab yourself a perfect souvenir.

Wanda Metropolitano Stadium Tour

Duration: 90 minute

176 reviews

6. Grab your oars and get ready for kayaking (from USD 85.0)

grab your oars and get ready for kayaking

Just one hour from central Madrid and you can enjoy a mountain kayak trip in what is known as “the most beautiful valley in Madrid’s National Park Sierra de Guadarrama.” Canoeing takes place on the serene Lake Pinilla, after which a delicious lunch will be served to all participants, you’ll have earned it after such a fun excursion. If you wish, you can also take the opportunity to visit Santa María de El Paular Monastery. In total, this trip lasts for three hours.

Madrid Kayak trip

Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

7. Horse riding and Tapas picnic (from USD 101.0)

horse riding and tapas picnic

Experience something spectacular with horseback riding through the countryside and surrounding forest land. This half-day excursion includes a guided horseback tour and delicious tapas lunch. All levels are welcome. You’ll also be able to experience ranch life and pet the other animals that live on the property. The guides will also talk you through some of the local history, so it’s a fantastic way to learn about the culture, environment and about horseriding!

Horse Riding and Tapas Picnic Madrid

Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

3 reviews

8. Follow the locals' footsteps on the Madrid Hidden Mountains tour (from USD 45.0)

follow the locals' footsteps on the madrid hidden mountains tour

Don a pair of solid walking boots and get ready to explore the mountains on this three-hour walking tour through some of the best scenery that the Madrid Mountains have to offer. You’ll traverse the spots and routes that only the locals know, so you’ll get to see a completely new side of the Madrid countryside. This tour takes place through the Winter and Summer. You’ll be able to see plenty of incredible sights regardless of the season that you visit. Your knowledgeable guide will describe to you the local wildlife, surrounding architecture and history.

Hiking Madrid Hidden Mountains

Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

2 reviews

9. Start rock climbing or bouldering in Madrid (from USD 141.0)

start rock climbing or bouldering in madrid

Open to first timers and avid rock climbers alike, this two-hour session will see you scampering over the rocks of La Pedriza or Patones. Each has numerous routes that can be enjoyed regardless of your level. This small group tour means that you get plenty of climbing time alongside a professional guide.

Rock Climbing or Bouldering in Madrid

Duration: 2 hours

10. Grow wings and go paragliding

grow wings and go paragliding

Available all year round, this is an incredible way to see Madrid from new heights. To take part in a para-gliding tandem trip, you do not need any training as you will be fully strapped to a professional. Flight time depends on the strength of the wind on any given day, on average 15-25 minutes. You’ll also have the option for a personalized video of your flight as an ideal souvenir.

Paragliding in Madrid

Duration: 3 to 6 hrs

An unforgettable experience

We’re sure that you’ll have an amazing holiday regardless of what you do in Madrid. Whether you’re a thrill seeker and are enticed by activities like paragliding, or you’re a nature lover and would enjoy hiking, there’s definitely something, on the list above, for everyone. By booking one of these opportunities, you’re guaranteed a fascinating experience. So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve seen something you like, go ahead and book it today! Step away from the usual tourist trails and really explore Madrid.

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