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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, Spain

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(729 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
El Rastro which includes shopping, markets and street scenes

Atocha

4.5/5Wonderful!(29 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, Spain

Salamanca

4.5/5Wonderful!(126 area reviews)

Salamanca is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Paseo del Prado and WiZink Center. 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, Spain
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Barajas

4/5Very Good!(63 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!(86 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Chamberi. If sightseeing is on the list, Paseo de la Castellana 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
Rs7,660
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (527 reviews)

"Excellent place. Great Location. Friendly staff. Facilities are very nice. Amenities are great. Very close to all attractions."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Nuevo Madrid
Hotel Nuevo Madrid
4 out of 5
C/ Bausa, 27, Madrid, Madrid
Rs3,584
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Ciudad Lineal, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and within 6 mi (10 km) of IFEMA - Feria de Madrid and Thyssen-Bornemisza ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,041 reviews)

"It is my second time staying there and plan to stay again next year. Hotel is very nice clean and comfortable and quite easy to get to ifema expo from there."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2020

Hotel Nuevo Madrid
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
4 out of 5
Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid
Rs10,196
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Centro, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol, and Paseo del Prado. Teatro Lara and Plaza de Cibeles are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,014 reviews)

"Excellent view of the Gran via, loved it! Friendly staff & great restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

Popular things to do in Madrid

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

4.5/5(563 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.

Prado Museum
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Prado Museum

4.5/5(285 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.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

4.5/5(169 reviews)

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

Parque Warner Madrid
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Parque Warner Madrid

4/5(40 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(402 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(412 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

Jan 30, 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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

A city full of history . We took 3 tours ... Royal Palace , Historical walking tour and Wine and ham tasting. We went to Botin the oldest restaurant and a most authentic flamenco show. Also 2 very different markets and the hop on and off bus

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 27, 2020

Great city. Art galleries superb. Restaurants San Miguel market and football stadium great places to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 22, 2020

Very clean modern city with great transpotation and huge shopping areas

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

I loved Madrid , huge buildings, beautiful architecture, action -big city life !

5/5 - Excellent

Kenny

Jan 18, 2020

One of the friendliest and loveliest country I've ever visit.

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