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Your travel guide to European football's showpiece final

24 April 2019 08:05

The 2019 final takes place in Madrid, Spain

The 2019 final takes place in Madrid, Spain

Thinking about heading to Madrid for the final of Europe's most prestigious football competition? Maybe you just want to be in and around the city to soak up the big match vibes?

Here's our guide to everything you need to know.

What is it?

It's the biggest match in club football. The final of Europe's premier competition will see the continent's best two teams fight it out to determine who's crowned champions of Europe.

Where is it being held?

This year's final will take place at the impressive Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. The stadium, which opened in 1994, has recently undergone substantial redevelopment work that increased its capacity from 20,000 to over 67,000. Upon completion in 2017, the stadium became the home of Atletico Madrid.

When is it?

The final will be held on Saturday 1st June, with kick-off scheduled for 9pm local time (8pm BST).

How do I get to the stadium?

The Wanda Metropolitano is located in the Rosas neighbourhood, around 9km east of the Puerta del Sol in central Madrid. Originally intended to be used as the city's Olympic Stadium, Metropolitano is well connected in easy access from its very own metro station.

Where should I stay?

One of the best things about Madrid is that there are so many different neighbourhoods across the city. From the lively gay neighbourhood of Chueca to the well-heeled Salamanca, everywhere is in easy reach of a metro station that will take you out to the stadium. Our favourite area is the trendy Malasaña, an area known for its vintage shops, hip café culture and buzzing bars.

What else should I do there?

Madrid is one of the great European capitals. Whether you want to take in a world-famous art gallery, some great local theatre or simply while the day away in one of its manicured parks, there's something for everyone. For more top tips, check out our guide to what to see and do in Madrid.

Anything else I should know?

The final might be one of the pricier events in world sport, but don't be tempted by touts trying to sell tickets on the cheap outside the ground. Not only is it illegal, the tickets may well be fake meaning you could be left outside the ground and out of pocket.

And don't check in without travel insurance...

Before you kick off your trip to Madrid, it's essential you get the right cover. At World First we offer dedicated travel insurance cover for families that'll give you peace of mind while enjoying the match.