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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

Top hotels in Madrid

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,578 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

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! (941 reviews)

"The location is perfectly situated for seeing Madrid and the hotel itself is in great condition. Currently due to Covid, several of the expected services were not available but that is to be expected. The other issue is the fact that the road in front and Plaza de España are being ripped apart and ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Maydrit Airport
Hotel Maydrit Airport
4 out of 5
Piragua 1, Madrid, Madrid
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,584 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

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! (1,130 reviews)

"Nice and clean. Some minor changes due to COVID-19, however still works smoothly"…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Hotel Maydrit Airport
Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
4 out of 5
Avenida de Aragon, 400, Madrid, Madrid
Free cancellation
The price is Rs5,599 per night from 27 Nov to 28 Nov

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, El Retiro Park and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. Prado Museum ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)

"I was there during the Coronavirus lockdown, waiting for my flight out of Spain. I didn't leave the room, ordered room service, andleft 18 hrs later, for the airport. Experience was good, given the situation"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Madrid

VP El Madroño
VP El Madroño
3.5 out of 5
C/ General Díaz Porlier 101, Madrid, Madrid
The price is Rs4,132 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Salamanca, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paseo de la Castellana and U.S. Embassy. El Retiro Park and Nuevo Teatro Alcala are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (448 reviews)

"Great location warm and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020

VP El Madroño
Slow Suites Bellas Artes
Slow Suites Bellas Artes
3.5 out of 5
Calle de los Madrazo, 20, Madrid, Madrid
The price is Rs5,513 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro de la Zarzuela, Gran Via Street and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. Puerta ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Spacious apartment in central location

"The hotel is in a great location of Madrid, plenty of restaurants and shopping. The apartment itself is very spacious and comfortable. Would be fine for longer stays. We loved it!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

Slow Suites Bellas Artes
The Oliver
The Oliver
3 out of 5
Vía de las Dos Castillas 9B, Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid
The price is Rs5,344 per night from 28 Nov to 29 Nov

Located in Somosaguas, this apartment building is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Casa de Campo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Madrid Zoo Aquarium and Palacio Vistalegre. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (36 reviews)

"Hemos estado 6 noches en un apartamento para 2 y ha sido genial. La situación, la limpieza, el trato, todo, inmejorable zona y calidad precio fantástico. Muchas gracias"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

The Oliver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Madrid

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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