Football Tradition: Museum of Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid

In a footy-mad country, Madrid is one of its top meccas. Come and visit the stadiums where great footballers have made history.

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Football Tradition: Museum of Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid

A hat trick for football in Madrid.

As much of the world already knows, when it comes to sport, football ("soccer" if you're a Yank) is king here in Spain, and the city of Madrid is one of its top powerhouses, with a pair of teams that are famous worldwide: Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid - quite unlike each other despite hailing from the same hometown. So if you're a footy fanatic - regardless of your allegiance - you'll find it well worth your time to check out their respective bases of operations. For Real Madrid that would be the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium out on Paseo de la Castellana in the Chamartín district, where you can take a self-guided tour and dine in your choice of four restaurants (three of which offer brilliant views of the football pitch to all diners). Tour tickets are sold at box office 10, allowing you entry to the locker rooms, the tunnel, the pitch, the stands and press room. Out in the Arganzuela district at Paseo Virgen del Puerto 67, (metro stops: Pirámides and Marqués de Vadillo), you can also tour similar facilities at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, home to Atlético - and here there's a children's area, as well (available for little footy-fan birthday parties). And by the way, these two are not the only fine teams in this city; two others which have reached the first division are Rayo Vallecano and El Getafe.

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