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The Spanish capital is not all hustle and bustle; nibble tapas in a cobbled square, visit ancient churches, or relax in one of Madrid’s spacious parks.

Madrid is a city of contrasts where old meets new and quick meets slow. From street performers and old-time cafés to high-end concert halls and fancy restaurants, there really is something for everyone to explore here – and that’s before you include the beautiful palaces, churches, galleries and museums that are dotted about the metropolis.

Madrid boasts three world-renowned art museums all within a stone’s throw of each other, the so-called “Golden Triangle of Art”. The Prado Museum boasts an enormous collection and can take a day to explore on its own. This is where you’ll find the works of some of Spain’s home-grown masters, like Velázquez and Goya, although it features art from all over the world. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was once the private collection of an aristocrat but this range of works spanning some seven centuries is now open to the public. The last corner of the triangle, the Reína Sofia Museum, is a true gem offering a historical perspective on important modern and contemporary trends in art.

If old buildings are more up your street, there are plenty of them to be found in Madrid too. You'll see a lot of different architectural styles just walking around the city, but you might like to head to the Royal Palace for a guided tour through a history of the Spanish royal family's extravagant taste, or else to the Almudena Cathedral to soak up an original blend of ancient and modern flavours.

Madrid’s City Hall is also worth a look, and guided tours are available here too. From here you won’t be far from the cobbled Plaza Mayor and its high-end boutiques.

If you feel like getting away from the city streets and finding some green space, there are a number of options. El Retiro is probably the most interesting; here you'll find architectural monuments and statues, as well as street performers, each more innovative than the last in their efforts to attract your attention.

After your trip to the park, head over to El Rastro, the flea market, where you can catch a glimpse into the lives of the Madrileños and you’ll find almost anything under the sun for sale.

However you decide to spend your days in Madrid, remember there’s always a table laden with tapas and a cold beer waiting for you at the end. ¡Chin-chin!

Where to stay in Madrid

Centro, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(745 area 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.

Centro
Reina Sofia Museum which includes a square or plaza and modern architecture as well as a large group of people

Atocha

4.5/5Wonderful!(30 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia while getting to know Atocha, and be sure to check out the interesting museums. You can hop aboard the metro at Delicias Station or Palos de la Frontera Station to see more of the area.

Atocha
Salamanca, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

Salamanca

4.5/5Wonderful!(128 area reviews)

Salamanca is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like WiZink Center and Nuevo Teatro Alcala. See more of Madrid by jumping on the metro at Lista Station or Manuel Becerra Station.

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

Chueca

4.5/5Wonderful!(65 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Chueca, you might enjoy attractions like Paseo de la Castellana and Teatro Infanta Isabel. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Chueca Station to see more of the city.

Chueca
Barajas, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain

Barajas

4/5Very Good!(64 area reviews)

Travellers choose Barajas for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Barajas Station or Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 Station and check out top sights like Real Madrid City.

Barajas
Sorolla Museum

Chamberi

4.5/5Wonderful!(88 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Chamberi. If sightseeing is on the list, Sorolla Museum is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Canal Station or Alonso Cano Station to see more of the area.

Chamberi

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
The price is Rs7,511 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Lope de Vega Theatre are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (838 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel in the city of Madrid. Love every second :-)"…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Melia Madrid Princesa
Melia Madrid Princesa
5 out of 5
Princesa 27, Madrid, Madrid
The price is Rs7,274 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Located in Moncloa-Aravaca, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (595 reviews)
Excellent

"Friendly professional stuff"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Melia Madrid Princesa
ME Madrid by Melia
ME Madrid by Melia
4.5 out of 5
Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Madrid
The price is Rs11,883 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Literary Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Espanol. Congress of Deputies and Plaza Mayor are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)

"A very modern hotel. Perfect location. Very humble staff. Super neat and clean. Definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

ME Madrid by Melia

Popular places to visit in Madrid

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

4.5/5(173 reviews)

Catch an event at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium during your trip to Madrid.Experience the acclaimed theatre scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Prado Museum
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Prado Museum

4.5/5(288 reviews)

A world-renowned art museum with some of Europe’s most important masterpieces on display, this is an essential part of any Madrid tourist itinerary.

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

4.5/5(572 reviews)

Make your way to Madrid's iconic cobbled square and stroll past artists' stalls, listen to local street musicians, or sit down in the porticos to enjoy a coffee.

Parque Warner Madrid
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Parque Warner Madrid

4/5(41 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Parque Warner Madrid and find out why this is a popular theme park in San Martin de la Vega. You can enjoy the cafes while in the area.

Gran Via Street
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Gran Via Street

4/5(413 reviews)

Madrid’s famous shopping strip has boutiques and international brands, an exciting nightlife and an impressive display of early 20th-century architecture. 

Puerta del Sol
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Puerta del Sol

4/5(419 reviews)

Serving as the capital's focal point, no visit to Madrid is complete without a trip to this central square.

Reviews of Madrid

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Visits to The Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museums fantastic. Plaza Santa Ana great for nightlife. Atocha Station very near. Trip to Toledo by train well worth it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Locals very friendly in a cosmopolitan city would love to visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Lovely city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Really lovely capital.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Having been a citicen of the capital I enjoy my stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

Cut is clean and easy to get around on foot. Seems quiet for a capital city. Liked the fact that people live in the city centre

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