Madrid

Madrid

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 kilometer of art to be found in Europe. 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.

Top sights in Madrid

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

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Museo del Prado

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Royal Palace of Madrid

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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

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Golden Triangle of Art

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Retiro Park

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Parque Warner Madrid

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Top things to do in Madrid

Madrid’s culture is one that seems to emphasize living and leisure over hard work, yet its history has seen it produce some of Europe’s most awe-inspiring artworks and buildings. Here are just a few of the best places to visit in Spain’s capital!

Plaza de España
The metro station of the same name takes you to the Plaza de España, where a huge statue of Miguel de Cervantes presides over those of his characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Soccer fans can tour the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, walk the pitch, visit the dressing rooms, and marvel at the club’s huge trophy cabinet!

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
The Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art boasts one of the foremost collections of 20th and 21st-century Spanish art, with highlights including Picasso’s Guernica.

Museo del Prado
If traditional art is more your thing, the Museo del Prado exhibits the world’s most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries.

Palacio Real
Madrid’s most famous landmark Palacio Real is one of Europe’s most spectacular palaces, built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens!

Gran Vía
This energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid’s nightlife, hence its nickname: “The Spanish Broadway!

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?

Madrid has enough life in it to enjoy a week there. If that turns out to be a little too long for you, the city is also well positioned for day-trip opportunities. For instance, consider visiting historic Toledo or Segovia, if not the Ribera del Duero wine region for a tasting or two!

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.

Good to know

Language

Catalan and Spanish

Currency

Euro (€)

Country Code

+34

Time Zone

UTC (+01:00)

Best time to visit

Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists

What people are saying about Madrid

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Enchanted City was a highlight of our trip to Spain
Cuenca was beautiful and The Enchanted City was one of the highlights of our trip to Spain. I highly recommend that you take this tour if you’re in Cuenca. We were especially lucky to have had Jorge as our guide for the Enchanted City as his English was excellent and he was so knowledgeable and excited about The Enchanted City and he made the tour so interesting and fun! The only thing that I would suggest to the tour guides is that you change the lunch schedule. We opted out of the lunch to eat on our own but we were dropped off in Cuenca for lunch at 3 pm just at the time that everything was closing. There were limited options to eat and all the stores in the city were closed during our free time. It would’ve been more enjoyable if we were able to use that time to walk around the city and shop and choose an eating option. You might want to just consider having lunch with the group if you take this tour.

From Madrid: Cuenca Guided Tour with Optional Lunch reviewed by Joseph

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ From Madrid: Segovia, Avila, and Toledo Three Cities Day Trip
“The tour was very good and complete, we had a great day! Our guide Paula was great and managed the tour very well in both languages (English and Spanish). Our driver Enrique was also very nice. All three towns were beautiful and we spend a good amount of time in each to see the main places. Lunch was also good. I do recommend both the tour and the company. My only suggestion would be to have a larger vehicle (more space, not more people) because the vehicle we had was pretty small for such a long day and the visibility was limited because of the tall seats and small windows”.

From Madrid: Segovia, Avila and Toledo Three Cities Day Trip reviewed by Natalia

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great tour, difficult to find the guide at the beginning.
Very knowledgable and friendly guide. I appreciated the small size of our tour (8 people in total). Our guide took us through at a perfect pace and definitely knew the palace. Our only complaint was that the meeting spot was difficult to find and we had trouble reaching the tour company to figure it out.

Madrid: Guided Visit to the Royal Palace reviewed by Shari

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent Flamenco dance with average food
The show was booked for 7.30 pm but only food was served till 8.30 pm and once the show started, we were spell bound. All three dancers were good. Finale by male dancer was electrifying and he was virtually doing endurance dance and was profusely sweating but still going strong. An explanation about songs and dance in English would help tourists to appreciate the theme of dance and songs better. I would recommend this show to my friends and tourists

Madrid: Flamenco Show at Tablao Las Carboneras reviewed by vinod

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent Full day to see all the major sights
Lots of riding on the bus, but we managed to have enough time to enjoy both cities. Great value. Museum/castle visit at Segovia is included, but not the cathedral in Toledo, which may not be worth the 10 euros to visit. The guide was excellent Enough time to visit, but not for shopping.

Segovia and Toledo with Alcazar and Optional Cathedral Tour reviewed by Jon

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