It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years, but even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party atmosphere at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socializing, you can take a few days out and enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe.

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Madrid is a wonderful city that inspires casual strolls around green areas and frantic nights of adventure. People fill the streets at every hour of the day and there are impressive buildings, lush parks and picturesque streets in abundance. Culture is ever-present here, and you don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the architecture and constant reminders of a long and rich history.

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Planning Your Madrid Visit

Best time to visit?

Late spring and early fall are the best times for visiting Madrid. From late March to late October, Spain benefits from daylight saving time so days are extremely long. To give you an idea, from mid-June to mid-July the sun sets at 10pm, allowing plenty of time to visit the city.

How many days?

Discover The Best Of Madrid. A satisfactory first-time visit might take four days, ideally five. That should be enough to help you have a good idea of what Madrid is all about. There will probably be something you have not got around to yet.

How to get from the airport to the city?

Barajas International Airport is one of the world’s largest, which means it’s busy but pleasantly well connected! Taxis are available but the Renfe train is the cheapest and quickest option, however, at rush hour it might be less stressful to get the airport express bus. There is also the Metro, although this isn’t advisable when carrying plenty of luggage.

What people are saying about Madrid

★★★★★ Great guide with great background of key paintings. Go early in AM

El Prado is alternating religous and monarchy paintings. Better to go to the other art museums. Private tours are so much better than the cattle tours, less annoying people...

Prado Museum 3-Hour Private Tour reviewed by Michael

★★★★★ An excellent guide Joanna has a lot of historical information.

An excellent guide Joanna has a lot of historical information. Everything is done in a professional way. Perfect !

Madrid Segway Tour reviewed by Marko

★★★★★ A fun evening, to get more out of it, be engaged

Jovan has a really strong personality, which usually puts me a little off at first. But he is very warm, polite and above all knowledgeable. The only specific problem I had was the closed convent facade could do with a bit of light. It's very dark and dinghy on an autumn evening to see anything. But overall enjoyed it and Jovan was great. I leaned a lot Brendon

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