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Attend a Real Madrid in the renowned Santiago Bernabéu stadium. A football trip to Real Madrid is a memory you’ll cherish. Santiago Bernabéu offers seating for 81,044 spectators. Real Madrid was selected by UEFA as the best club of the twentieth century. In 2020, they were in third place behind Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. Marvel at players such as Hazar, Modric and Kroos during your football trip. Aside from the Champions League matches, the derby against fellow Madrileño Atlético Madrid is also something to look forward to. Real Madrid’s major rival is FC Barcelona. There’s an annual blowout during these match ups known as “El Clásico”.
Madrid is the perfect destination for a city break. Make the most of the amazing weather and the inviting outdoor bars.
Everything you need to know about your football trip to Madrid
To ensure your football trip to Real Madrid goes as particularly smoothly as possible, here we have our top tips for you. From insider tips on Santiago Bernabéu football stadium, to great advice on exploring the global city of Madrid.
- Information about Santiago Bernabéu, route & tips
- Information about Real Madrid
- What to do in Madrid
Real Madrid’s stadium, Santiago Bernabéu
Ever since 1947, Santiago Bernabéu has been the stadium where “Los Blancos” have played their home games. At 81,044, it’s the second largest stadium in Spain: only Camp Nou is bigger. The stadium is currently undergoing a makeover, with a new roof on its way that can open and close. The venue is named after Santiago Bernabéu de Yeste, who was first a Real Madrid player and went on to spend thirty-five years as its president. With him at the helm Real Madrid burgeoned into a top international club. It is of course possible to take a stadium tour during your football trip to Real Madrid. Read more about this below.
How to get to the Santiago Bernabéu?
The stadium is found in the northern district of Chamartín, and is easy to reach by public transport. As with several other stadiums, we advise against getting there by car. Parking spaces are few and far between.
This is the easiest way to get to the stadium, with line 10 (dark blue) stops right there. This connection runs through the centre, and is the quickest way of reaching the stadium. Get off at Tribunal or Plaza de España. Buy a ten-journey ticket. This is of obviously cheaper, and a great deal easier than continually buying separate tickets.
Santiago Bernabéu address details
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Av. de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid, Spain
The stadium can also be reached by bus, using the following lines. 14, 27 40, 43, 120, 126, 147 and 150.
Taxis are also a good way of getting to the stadium. Be sure to set off well in advance on match days, when the highway to the stadium is extremely busy.
Santiago Bernabéu plan
The sides in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium are:
- Fondo Nord, or the north end This is the supporters’ section.
- Lateral Este, the east side. This entire side was renovated between 2001 and 2006.
- Lateral Oeste, the east side. This is right on the avenue.
- Fondo Sur, the south end. This is the atmospheric section for Real Madrid supporters.
All of these sides are subdivided into four different categories (and two additional VIP categories).
Real Madrid football tickets: how to know where you’re sitting?
The football trip to Real Madrid is book, and you’ve got your tickets! We’ll be happy to explain how to find your seat.
First, check which side you’re sitting on. Then you’ll see the gate (puerta) where you enter the stadium. After this, look for your Vomitorio: this is the name of a number of sections together. Once here, look at which specific section and which seat you’re sitting in.
Puerta = gate (stadium entrance)
Vomitorio = Number of sections together
Sector = Section you’re sitting in
Fila = Row number
Asiento = Seat number
Santiago Bernabeu stadium tour
No football trip to Madrid is complete without a stadium tour. There are a number of different options to choose from. The cost of a tour varies between €20 and €30.
On this tour, you have a guide taking your around the various sights. These feature the players’ tunnel and taking a peek in the “presidential skybox”, and obviously include the trophy cabinet. There’s also a walk around the pitch, the Real Madrid museum and the press room.
Reserve your tickets online well in advance. The groups are of thirty people, and can get full up.
Mondays to Saturdays at 10.30, 12.30, 15.30 and 17.30
Sundays at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00
Snacks and drinks close to Santiago Bernabéu
It’s match day! There are plenty of great spots around Santiago Bernabéu for having a drink and a bite to eat. These places really top off football trip to Real Madrid.
If the ultimate football-trip dinner experience sounds good, book a table in Santiago Bernabéu with views over the pitch. The prices are reasonable, and are between €30 and €50. Eating here is something you’ll never forget; and is ideal for combining with a stadium tour. Reserving in advance is compulsory. If arriving on a match day, be sure to check the opening times.
This bar is also in the stadium. This is the place to come for a drink and spectacular views over the pitch, and is slightly less formal than the restaurant section. This bar consists of two floors: above you have a glass wall eighty metres in length, where you can relax and order a drink.
Information about Real Madrid
Real Madrid is of course one of the largest and most recognisable teams in the world. Not just in football, but in all sports. The club was founded in 1902, known as Madrid Football Club at that time. In 1920, the then King Alfonso bestowed the name Real (Royal), and the crown was added to the logo.
Real Madrid’s most significant rivals are FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, with “El Clásico” in particular being a match that fans of Los Blancos look forward to the most. The derby against Atlético is also absolutely worth attending.
Real Madrid kit
Los Blancos (the Whites): the name says it all. Ever since the club was founded, Real Madrid has – apart from one season – played its matches in white. The only year this wasn’t the case was in 1925, when they were wearing black shorts. This was because they’d seen Corinthian FC playing in this stylish combination during a tour of England. That fortunately only lasted a year.
With their away kits, Madrid often attempts to include blue or purple, as a reference to the stripe in the logo.
Het logo van Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s very first logo was extremely simple, consisting of its initials only: MFC, Madrid Football Club. Despite its change of name in 1920, Real retained the initials in the logo.
The crown was removed from the logo in 1931, due to the political turmoil in Spain. The logo was given a purple stripe: standing for the Castile region. The crown was to return in 1941 – two years after the civil war – and the purple stripe remained. The purple stripe was made slightly bluer in 2001, and this is the logo we know today.
What to do in Madrid?
Madrid is not only the city of Real, but also the beautiful capital of Spain. There is plenty to do and see outside the stadium during your football trip to Real Madrid.
Parque del Buen Retiro
This park has long belonged to the Royal Family, but is now open to everyone. A wonderful, huge park in the very heart of Madrid. Unquestionably worth a visit.
La Fontana de Oro
An Irish sports pub, albeit in an entirely Spanish style. Here you can enjoy tapas and a drink, and watch sports games. The place to come for the international atmosphere and Spanish charm.
Toñin El Torero Local
Don’t walk into here wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt! This compact bar is all about Real Madrid; located on the outskirts, and is ridiculously inexpensive!
La Latina, wijk
This charming, vibrant district is not to be missed during your football trip. This place is packed with restaurants and bars, with all kinds of different markets there on Sundays. Perfect for an afternoon browse.
The whole package was excellent. Flights were fine, the Hotel was well located in Madrid and our seats for the game had a great view.
Tip: If you do a stadium tour, book online and this will save you having to queue up and buy your tickets (very long queue when we visited) but we walked straight in!
Real Madrid - Real Sociedad
24 November 2019
Start to finish the trip was fully planned by football breaks I literally had to just check in and enjoy
tip: Have a city map there’s a lot to see
Real Madrid - Valencia CF
1 December 2018
On the whole the package was as advertised
Real Madrid - Girona FC
18 March 2018
1st class service - totally worth booking trips for football matches through yourselves. The atmosphere was electric in the stadium and the seats were amazing. Hotel was nice - however on arrival the guy at reception was totally rude which did not start our weekend very well. However once he left cannot fault the other staff within the hotel. Very central and close for everything. The service from our rep - Rebecca was excellent, left nothing to chance and we were confident all would be in place for our trip. As this was for our sons 21st.
Tip: would recommend getting the stadium tour tickets before you go and take Route 2 hop on hop off bus to get there. We took a 2 day ticket and was able to do the tour the day before the game and then took the bus to the game the next day. The queues were long for tour tickets. Well worth the money.
Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid
8 April 2017
Overall I can safely say that I was extremely pleased with the service and package I received from footballbreak.co.uk From choosing the hotel to the match (Real Madrid v Sevilla VIP Tickets) I was eased through the process and everything was taken care of. I arrived at the hotel and my tickets were there. Simple and no hassle. What else do you need when going on holiday? Madrid is a beautiful city albeit we had poor weather and The Bernabeu is simply amazing as is the atmosphere. We were also treated to 4 goals and majestic Ronaldo! In short - I would 110% book again!
Tip: Please check the weather as it can get cold and wet! 4 nights is probably just about right and don't underestimate the Metro system. So easy and cheap! The stadium is only a few stops from the City Centre!
Real Madrid - Sevilla FC
20 March 2016
We recently visited to Real Madrid vs Sporting Gijon. I think the total package was an amazing bargain. We paid for flights, hotel and tickets around £200. The Bernabeau was amazing. We had pitchside seats and the game was amazing. We received amazing service as it was my 21st. I would highly recommend Madrid, it is a lovely city with amazing sights.
Tip: Utilise the metro! It's super cheap and easy to use!
Real Madrid - Sporting Gijón
17 January 2016
This is my fourth time in Madrid and I love each and every time I come to the city. I will recommend the services of FootballBreak.co.uk to my friends and family!
Real Madrid - Levante
17 October 2015
Total package was matched very good. Hotel was in centrum of Madrid, flight without problems, seats on the stadium excellent - vip area. The price for holidays was cheaper than we expected, we compared this with other websites.
Real Madrid - FC Schalke 04
10 March 2015
Both my son and myself had a tremendous time with great seats and atmosphere to match. I would recommend this package to any football fan and will certainly be looking to return.
Madrid is a beautiful city and the atmosphere at the game was amazing.
Tip: Pre book your transfer before arrival will save you a few euros.
Real Madrid - Rayo Vallecano
8 November 2014
El Clasico with my brother was very possibly the best weekend and football match I have ever been to (including the Champions League Final at Wembley). The flight was very good and ensured that regardless of when the match was being played we would have plenty of time to spare. The hotel was perfectly located in the city centre, making the entire weekend hassle free. Naturally, my main concern was regarding the tickets, but this was immediately resolved as they were handed over as soon as we checked in to the hotel. The seats in the Stadium were a tad disappointing, as I thought we would be closer (The second best package available turned out to be 4th tier). However, the match/atmosphere/experience was incredible and I would recommend this to any football fan.
Tip: Madrid is a brilliant city, but doesn't really have that many "stand-out" or "must-visit" places. I would recommend walking around the entire city (its not that big), stopping off for drinks and tapas along the way. Best way to take in the culture!
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona
22 March 2014