Madrid

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Madrid

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
The price is ¥11,297 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Temple of Debod ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,453 reviews)
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Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥14,173 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Puerta del Sol. Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,491 reviews)
"Amazing location. A little gem in the heart of El Centro. Room was super modern and new. Breakfast was great. I highly recommend it."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Hotel Regina
Hotel Atlantico Madrid
Hotel Atlantico Madrid
4 out of 5
Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥19,048 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Callao and Gran Via Street. Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Callao Station ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,356 reviews)
"Hotel is in a great location and the customer service was good. I had a street facing room which was noisy and they immediately offered to change this to an internal room. Thought it was also good value for money."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Hotel Atlantico Madrid
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Compostela Suites Apartments
Compostela Suites Apartments
3 out of 5
C/ Zambrana, 4, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥7,550 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Plenilunio Shopping Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Juan Carlos I Park and Estadio Wanda ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,017 reviews)
"En gral todo bien,solo un problema con el aire acondicionado y hacia mucho calo ese dia!"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Compostela Suites Apartments
Gran View Apartments
Gran View Apartments
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Vía 48, Madrid, Madrid
The price is ¥15,306 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Madrid Centro, this aparthotel is steps from Plaza de Callao and Gran Via Street. Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Callao ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (37 reviews)
"The location's fantastic!! Friendly staff and very comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Gran View Apartments
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
4 out of 5
Gran vía 42, Madrid
The price is ¥34,758 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Located in Madrid Centro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Plaza Mayor. Royal Palace of Madrid and El Retiro Park are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (278 reviews)
"great location, great atttention"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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