Madrid

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Almudena Cathedral

Madrid is one of Europe’s most popular cities for its lively atmosphere, fascinating history, renowned museums and stunning architecture.

Madrid is Spain’s stylish, cosmopolitan and party-centric capital city. After enjoying the spacious parks, modern facilities, café terraces and outdoor art, venture inside to admire the city’s palaces and churches. Modern Madrid is commercially and politically significant for Europe, but its old Spanish culture is what is most prominent in the city streets lined with grand buildings, museums and galleries.


You could spend days exploring some of the world’s major art museums. Visit the Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) for a look at works by greats like Goya and Velázquez or head to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) to see a collection of paintings spanning many centuries. Wander the galleries of the Reina Sofía Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) to admire works by Spanish masters such as Picasso and Dalí.

Have lunch in the central square, the 18th-century Plaza Mayor, or take a tour of the old City Hall (Casa del Ayuntamiento).

The king resides on the outskirts of the city, but visitors can enter the Royal Palace (Palacio Real) in the city center to see lavishly decorated rooms and an impressive array of artifacts. Don’t miss the adjacent Almudena Cathedral (Santa María la Real de La Almudena): It took over a century to complete.

The iconic Puerta de Alcalá adorns a corner of El Retiro (El Parque de Retiro), an impressive green space with architectural marvels, gardens and ponds. Casa de Campo is an even bigger urban park. Visit the Museum of Natural Sciences (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales) to learn all about the local flora and fauna.

Las Ventas has bullfights on Sundays. If this old Spanish tradition doesn’t interest you, watch a soccer match or browse the El Rastro flea markets.

At night, visit Puerta del Sol, surrounded by some of Madrid’s best “tabernas” and clubs. The tradition is to eat very late, so come closer to midnight to mingle with the Spanish. For local delights, order tapas or paella with a refreshing sangria or local wine.


Madrid is one of the liveliest cities in Europe and the sunny city is sure to steal your heart.

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Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
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3 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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Gran View Apartments
Gran View Apartments
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Vía 48, Madrid, Madrid
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Plaza de España Skyline
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3.5 out of 5
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Getting around Madrid

The beautiful and vibrant center of Madrid is best explored on foot. Make use of the excellent and affordable public transportation system to discover other parts of the city, too. The Metro covers key areas. There are public buses for journeys not on the Metro line, and a commuter rail network for longer-distance travel. Take the Madrid City Tour hop-on, hop-off bus service to see the major sights. Visit the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium website.Browse Madrid rental cars.

Best time to visit

Madrid’s bustling streets and rich cultural life make it a fascinating destination all year round. If you want to avoid the heat and crowds of the summer peak season, though, aim to travel in spring or fall. Look for special deals on accommodations and flights at these times of year and there is a good chance you will find them. You will enjoy shorter lines at popular tourist attractions, too.

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