Spending time in the capital city of Spain will stimulate the senses with exciting and eye-catching artwork, energetic soccer fans making lots of noise and tantalizing small plates to savor. Visitors to this diverse destination will soon discover that there are many worthwhile things to do in Madrid.

*Appreciate art at Museo Nacional del Prado. Masterpieces are on view at this world-class museum, known for its impressive collection of work including quite a few from the Spanish greats such as Las Meninas by Velázquez and The Third Eye of May: The Execution of Principe Pio by Goya. There are also exquisite paintings and sculptures by Italian, Flemish, French, German, Dutch and British artists. Finally engaging exhibitions such as the more recent La Gioconda—the Mona Lisa to most people—keep art lovers enthralled and coming back for more.

*Watch Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Soccer, or fútbol, as it is referred to by Madrileños, is a true passion here with thousands coming out to watch Real Madrid and star player Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the gang work hard to score against the visiting team. When a game isn’t on the schedule, visitors can also take a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous stadium and visit the changing rooms, playing field, the pitch, trophy room, presidential balcony and players’ tunnel.

*Enjoy tasty tapas at Casa Labra. Foodies will find their favorite Spanish small plates at this venerable establishment situated at number 12 on Calle Tetuán next to the Puerta del Sol. Since first opening its doors back in 1860, the restaurant continues to serve specialty dishes such as Bacalao al la Bilbaína, or grilled cod topped with garlic and fried chili peppers, which can easily be paired from one of the fine selections from the extensive wine menu.

These activities are just a start when it comes to all the things you can do in Madrid. Start planning your vacation to the Spanish capital today.