Spanish for ‘royal’, the term ‘real’ in the Real Madrid’s name was given by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 along with the royal crown in their emblem. Real Madrid has a
telephone booking system through the bank Caja Madrid (tel: 90 232 43
24), but you’ll still have to queue to collect your tickets.
Bernabéu is one of Madrid’s largest stadiums, but although it holds up
to 75,000 spectators, it is surprisingly easy to get in and out. It is
best to go for the more affordable tickets in the middle
tier, which cost between €20-30. Even if you
don’t make it to a match, the guided tour of the stadium itself is
excellent, particularly of their trophy room (Sala de Trofeos).