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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.

Where to stay in Madrid

Puerta del Sol showing street scenes, a sunset and a city

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,922 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Centro. Check out top attractions like Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor, and jump on the metro at Sol Station or Gran Via Station to see more of the city.

Centro
Reina Sofia Museum which includes a square or plaza and modern architecture as well as a large group of people

Atocha

4.5/5Wonderful!(191 area reviews)

You might take some time to check out the interesting museums in Atocha. Spend some time visiting top spots like Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and catch the metro at Delicias Station or Palos de la Frontera Station to see more of the area.

Atocha
Salamanca showing street scenes as well as a small group of people

Salamanca

4.5/5Wonderful!(751 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Salamanca. WiZink Center is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Lista Station or Manuel Becerra Station to see more of Madrid.

Salamanca
Chueca featuring a house, a city and a square or plaza

Chueca

4.5/5Wonderful!(311 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Chueca, you might enjoy attractions like Paseo de la Castellana and Teatro Infanta Isabel. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Chueca Station to see more of the city.

Chueca
This beautiful view is a small scene that can be seen on the horizon of the Madrid International Airport. With a long lens and a sequence of photos it was possible to capture all the beauty and exuberance of this place.

Barajas

4/5Very Good!(826 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Barajas. If sightseeing is on the list, Real Madrid City is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Barajas Station or Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 Station to see more of the area.

Barajas
Sorolla Museum

Chamberi

4.5/5Wonderful!(272 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Sorolla Museum and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Chamberi. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Canal Station or Alonso Cano Station.

Chamberi

Top Hotels in Madrid

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
The price is $102 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Lope de Vega Theatre are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (837 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel in the city of Madrid. Love every second :-)"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Melia Madrid Princesa
Melia Madrid Princesa
5 out of 5
Princesa 27, Madrid, Madrid
The price is $89 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Moncloa-Aravaca, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (595 reviews)
Excellent

"Friendly professional stuff"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Melia Madrid Princesa
ME Madrid by Melia
ME Madrid by Melia
4.5 out of 5
Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Madrid
The price is $162 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Literary Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Espanol. Congress of Deputies and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)

"A very modern hotel. Perfect location. Very humble staff. Super neat and clean. Definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

ME Madrid by Melia

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.

Popular places to visit in Madrid

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

4.5/5(592 reviews)

Cheer on the superstar players of one of the world’s most successful soccer clubs and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the colossal 81,000-capacity stadium. 

Prado Museum
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Prado Museum

4.5/5(1,978 reviews)

An art museum to rival the Louvre or the British National Gallery, this is the place to see some of the finest art Europe has to offer.

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

4.5/5(2,853 reviews)

This square has seen everything from markets and public celebrations to bullfights and executions. Today you’ll find street performers, artists and plenty of shops.

Parque Warner Madrid
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Parque Warner Madrid

4.5/5(286 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Parque Warner Madrid and see why people love this theme park in San Martin de la Vega. You can enjoy the cafés while in the area.

Gran Via Street
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Gran Via Street

4.5/5(1,249 reviews)

Madrid’s famous shopping strip has boutiques and international brands, an exciting nightlife and an impressive display of early 20th-century architecture. 

Puerta del Sol
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Puerta del Sol

4.5/5(1,420 reviews)

Stand at the very center of Madrid and feel the buzz as thousands of people meet and greet before a night out, gather for protests, or start out on a tour of the city.

Top things to do in Madrid

Madrid City Tour - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
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Madrid City Tour - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

$25
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance
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Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance

$78
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour

$33
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Salamanca & Ávila Full-Day Tour
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Salamanca & Ávila Full-Day Tour

$89
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Toledo & Segovia with Skip the Line to The Alcazar
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Toledo & Segovia with Skip the Line to The Alcazar

$70
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Traditional Flamenco Show Ticket
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Skip the Line: Traditional Flamenco Show Ticket

$25
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Madrid

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3701
5 - Excellent 69.2422825070159%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 26.136576239476145%
3 - Okay
211
3 - Okay 3.9476145930776427%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.2806361085126286%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 9, 2020

One of our favorite places in the world! Spain is a beautiful place and Madrid is a great spot to start or end your trip to this amazing country!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Love the city! Great people! Delicious Food!!! Will definitely travel back and spend more time.

5/5 - Excellent

Nola985

Mar 19, 2020

It's a great city with accessible public transportation, culture and great places to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Madrid is a great city. I like it, although this time I had to cut short due to national emergency due to coronavirus. I am sure I will return, but I am not sure I will use the same hotel that do not show real concern for customers.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

I love it. I would like to come back to see and learn more!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Madrid is an awesome place! Viva España!

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