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Madrid

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

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Chueca

4.5/5Wonderful!(65 area reviews)

Chueca
Carabanchel

Carabanchel

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

Carabanchel
Madrid which includes a pond and a marina

Moncloa-Aravaca

4/5Very Good!(41 area reviews)

Moncloa-Aravaca

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
SG$182
per night
3 May-4 May

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (689 reviews)

"The room was lovely and the staff made you feel you were staying in one of the world’s best hotels. The breakfast buffet was one of the best I’ve had, with so many choices it was hard to try them all in 2 days. I had drinks in the lobby bar one night with a couple of small finger sandwiches. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar,2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Nuevo Boston
Hotel Nuevo Boston
4 out of 5
Avenida de Aragon 332, Madrid, Madrid
Free cancellation
SG$91
per night
10 May-11 May

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and 3.1 mi (5 km) from IFEMA - Feria de Madrid. Thyssen-Bornemisza ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,084 reviews)

"Very nice customer service at check in and at the restaurant, great shuttle service to the airport."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar,2020

Hotel Nuevo Boston
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
4 out of 5
Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid

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! (2,053 reviews)

"First of all, David at the door, the front desk staff and the breakfast team all offered top-notch friendly service Including house keeping...and breakfast, by the way, was excellent. However, the only negative thing I have to say it’s about my one and only night at the upper bar area, neither service ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

Popular things to do in Madrid

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.

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.

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.

Royal Palace of Madrid
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Royal Palace of Madrid

4.5/5(463 reviews)

Come and take a walk around one of the largest palaces in Western Europe...and try not to get lost!

Casa de Campo
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Casa de Campo

4.5/5(101 reviews)

With expansive green areas, as well as swimming pools, rollercoasters and a dolphinarium, Casa de Campo has everything an ordinary park has and plenty more besides.

Top activities in Madrid

Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance
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Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance

94% of travellers recommend
SG$109
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour

78% of travellers recommend
SG$46
Per adult
Salamanca & Ávila Full-Day Tour
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Salamanca & Ávila Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
SG$123
Per adult
Las Ventas Bullring with Audio-Guide Tour
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Las Ventas Bullring with Audio-Guide Tour

86% of travellers recommend
SG$23
Per adult
Panoramic Bike Tour of the City
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Panoramic Bike Tour of the City

98% of travellers recommend
SG$32
Per adult
The Ultimate Madrid Pass - Flexi
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The Ultimate Madrid Pass - Flexi

SG$121
Per adult

Reviews of Madrid

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
736
5 - Excellent 63.5030198446937%
4 - Good
362
4 - Good 31.233822260569458%
3 - Okay
56
3 - Okay 4.831751509922347%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.08628127696289906%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.3451251078515962%

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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