Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Lonely Planet review for Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world's great football arenas; watching a game here is akin to a pilgrimage for sports fans and doing so alongside 80,000 passionate Madridistas (Real Madrid supporters) in attendance will send chills down your spine. Those who can’t come to a game can at least stop by for a tour, a peek at the trophies or to buy Real Madrid memorabilia in the club shop.
The Spanish football season runs from September (or the last weekend in August) until May, with a two-week break just before Christmas until early in the New Year. Unless you book your Real Madrid ticket through a ticket agency, turn up at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu ticket office at Gate 42 on Calle de Conche de Espina early in the week before a scheduled game (eg a Monday morning for a Sunday game). Tickets can also be bought on the website – click on ‘Entradas’. For bigger games, such as Real Madrid against Barcelona or Atlético de Madrid, or a Champions League game, entradas (tickets) are difficult to find unless you're willing to take the risk with scalpers. For less important matches, you shouldn't have too many problems.
If you're booking from abroad and don’t have any luck online, try Localidades Galicia. Numerous websites also sell tickets to Real Madrid games, including www.madrid-tickets.net, www.madrid-tickets.com and www.ticket-finders.com.