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Visit Madrid

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

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

Centro

Known for Urban, Monuments, Theaters

4.5/5(2,662 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.

Atocha
Reina Sofia Museum featuring art and interior views as well as a large group of people

Atocha

Known for Culture, Museums, Architecture

4.5/5(175 reviews)

Travelers choose Atocha for its interesting museums. Hop aboard the metro at Delicias Station or Palos de la Frontera Station and check out top sights like Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

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

Salamanca

Known for Cafes, Museums, Shopping

4.5/5(669 reviews)

Travelers love Salamanca for its popular shops, and you can see more of Madrid by jumping on the metro at Lista Station or Manuel Becerra Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Las Ventas and Paseo del Prado.

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

Chueca

Known for Cafes, Dining, Shopping

4.5/5(284 reviews)

This avant-garde part of Madrid is known as the gay quarter because of its numerous LGBT shops and bars, a Gay Pride march and an open-minded populace.

Barajas
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.
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Barajas

Known for Cafes, Skyscrapers, Museums

4/5(751 reviews)

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Barajas. Spend some time visiting top spots like Real Madrid City, and catch the metro at Barajas Station or Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 Station to see more of the area.

Chamberi
Sorolla Museum

Chamberi

Known for Flowers, Nature, Romantic

4.5/5(258 reviews)

Consider a visit to Paseo de la Castellana 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.

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

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Plaza de España, and Gran Via Street. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de Vega Theatre are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (200 reviews)

"excellent customer service, very well located in the center of Madrid, within walking distance of major landmarks, rooftop restaurant with an amazing view of the city, 5 stars breakfast, I will definitely comeback."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Maydrit Airport
Hotel Maydrit Airport
4 out of 5
Piragua 1, Madrid, Madrid

Located in Barajas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Capricho Park and Plenilunio Shopping Mall. Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and IFEMA - Feria de Madrid ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,992 reviews)

"Good location for business traveler; great access to airport."…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Hotel Maydrit Airport
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from La Equitativa Building, Casino de Madrid, and Church of las Calatravas. San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,049 reviews)

"Location and staff very frienfly Delicious breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Hotel Regina

Popular things to do in Madrid

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

4.5/5(2,700 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.

Prado Museum
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Prado Museum

4.5/5(1,882 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.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

4.5/5(553 reviews)

Catch an event at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium during your trip to Madrid. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this vibrant area.

Parque Warner Madrid
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Parque Warner Madrid

4.5/5(269 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Parque Warner Madrid and see why this is a favorite amusement park in San Martin de la Vega. You can enjoy the cafés while in the area.

Plaza de España
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Plaza de España

4.5/5(1,971 reviews)

See Madrid’s most iconic skyscrapers and admire the monument to Miguel de Cervantes in one of the city’s most important squares.

Royal Palace
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Royal Palace

4.5/5(1,975 reviews)

Be spellbound by the scale and splendor of the Spanish Royal Family’s former official residence.

Top activities in Madrid

Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance
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Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance

¥4,162

Step back in time as you explore Toledo and Segovia on this guided excursion with an experienced guide. Learn about Spanish history while strolling past medieval architecture, soaring cathedrals, and charming neighborhoods in 2 cities that bear beautiful traces of the region's past.

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

¥2,654

Get a lay of the land and soak in the sights of the Spanish capital on a double-decker bus, hopping on and off as you see fit to explore Madrid at your own pace. With unlimited rides on 2 routes, you can cruise easily between attractions like the world-famous Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Flamenco Show at Cardamomo Tablao
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Flamenco Show at Cardamomo Tablao

¥4,705

Let the swirling skirts, fanciful footwork, stirring guitar rhythms, and powerful vocals of world-class singers whisk you away to the Spain of a bygone era. During a flamenco performance at the renowned Cadamomo, let yourself be captivated by an unforgettable performance in an inviting atmosphere.

Real Madrid Bernabeu Tour - Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)
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Real Madrid Bernabeu Tour - Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)

¥3,016

Relive more than a hundred years of Real Madrid history. Welcome to the Bernabeu Tour, where you will see the stadium as you have never seen it before. Get ready to feel the excitement of being on the pitch itself, the thrill of pre-match tension, the glow of past glories and the long history that has molded one of the world’s best football teams.

Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour

¥3,498

Skip the lines and get inside one of the most memorable Royal Castles of Europe, the “Royal Palace of Madrid”, with this tour. Take a look inside one of the most memorable royal palaces in Europe with this tour to the official home of the Spanish monarchy.

Book Your Trip by Bus to Magic Segovia & Enjoy a Free Madrid City Tour
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Book Your Trip by Bus to Magic Segovia & Enjoy a Free Madrid City Tour

¥3,817

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Acueduct of Segovia, Plaza del Azoguejo 1, 40001 Segovia Spain One of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts and the foremost symbol of Segovia Pass By: Cathedral of Segovia, Plaza Mayor s/n, 40001 Segovia Spain Segovia Cathedral is the Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral located in the main square of the city of Segovia.

Reviews of Madrid

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

Amazing place, nice people and good food. I would visit again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Great city will return!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Madrid Spain is a wonderful place to visit but people are amazing and the food is out of this world thank you Madrid

4/5 - Good

Larry&Lynda

Dec 7, 2019

It was extremely crowded & reminded me of NYC. This was my only negative of Madrid. Its a beautiful city & I recommend using the hop-on, hop off busses. Tapas & other food is excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

overall ,very good experience, people of Madrid were helpful, taxi drivers very knowledgeable. and while transporting you, giving a tour, fixed price on taxi from airport to Madrid , safe city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

This was our third trip to Madrid. This was wonderful.

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