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, 28013
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The price is ¥22,203 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,855 reviews)
"Very positive exerience"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

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Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid, 28014
The price is ¥24,649 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Madrid. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,417 reviews)
"Amazing hotel, right spot in the middle of the city with 15 minute access to all surrounding attractions"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

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ICON Wipton
ICON Wipton
4 out of 5
Calle de Jorge Juan, 17, Madrid, Madrid, 28001
The price is ¥25,552 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
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4.7/5 Exceptional! (299 reviews)
"Gym is much needed"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

ICON Wipton
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Apart-Hotel Serrano Recoletos
Apart-Hotel Serrano Recoletos
3 out of 5
Calle de Villanueva, 2, Madrid, Madrid, 28001
The price is ¥13,644 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Madrid. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (265 reviews)
"Excelente ubicación. A pocos pasos de Plaza Colón y Serrano donde están las boutiques de marcas. Se puede caminar al centro. Hotel básico con cocina y nevera . Cómodo."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Apart-Hotel Serrano Recoletos
Boutike Cibeles
Boutike Cibeles
4 out of 5
Alcala 57, Madrid, Madrid, 28014
The price is ¥21,434 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Madrid. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (467 reviews)
"Excellent staff, very friendly and informative. I will definitely will stay at this place on my next visit to Madrid."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Boutike Cibeles
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
4 out of 5
Gran vía 42, Madrid, 28013
The price is ¥21,058 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Madrid. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the WiFi and the property condition ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (319 reviews)
"I really enjoyed it. It has a narrow halls for a weal chair"

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
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