Madrid
Travel Guide

Almudena Cathedral

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

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
The price is SG$152 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Madrid 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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,034 reviews)

"Absolutely loved the bath tub which was as a part of the room ( junior suite), and terrace with beautiful views. Good breakfast. Enjoyed working out at the gym, just wished it was bigger. All staff very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan,2021

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
The price is SG$104 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Puerta del Sol. Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,622 reviews)

"Junior suit agradable, muy limpia y ventilada. Inmejorable ubicación en el centro de Madrid. Staff de recepción con escasa capacidad para resolver inconvenientes. Cuenta con buen restaurante mas no tiene implementado el servicio de room service, esencial en el marco de la pandemia."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr,2021

Hotel Regina
SLEEP’N Atocha – B Corp Certified
SLEEP’N Atocha – B Corp Certified
2 out of 5
Calle Doctor Drumen, 4, Madrid, Madrid
The price is SG$77 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Atocha, this eco-friendly hostal is steps away from Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Lavapies and Paseo del Prado. El Retiro Park and Prado ...

4.2/5Very Good! (692 reviews)
Madrid break

"We were actually moved to the Ibis budget hotel so I'm really reviewing that. Staff were excellent, really helpful and willing. The hotel was new and room was basic as befitting a budget hotel. Had breakfast which was ordinary but fine. The area around the hotel isn't the best but it is close to ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug,2020

SLEEP’N Atocha – B Corp Certified
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.
Gran View Apartments
Gran View Apartments
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Vía 48, Madrid, Madrid
The price is SG$156 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Madrid Centro, this aparthotel is steps away from Plaza de Callao, Gran Via Street and Teatro Rialto. Teatro Lara and Lope de Vega Theatre are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Perfect for a long residence."…"

Reviewed on 5 Apr,2021

Gran View Apartments
The Oliver
The Oliver
3 out of 5
Vía de las Dos Castillas 9B, Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid
The price is SG$96 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (42 reviews)
APPART OLIVER

"Bel emplacement appartement grand confortable. Belle sdb. Un peu de bruit car donnant sur route. Manque une table et chaise pour pouvoir dejeuner."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct,2020

The Oliver
Apartamentos Fuencarral 50
Apartamentos Fuencarral 50
4 out of 5
C/ Fuencarral, 50, Madrid, Madrid

Located in Chueca, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol and Teatro Lara. Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum ...

4.1/5Very Good! (294 reviews)
Good place to be !

"This place it’s a very nice one. Nice kitchen. Nice bathroom , over all it’s good. Good price. Very well located , clean , I do recommend it ! Very much."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2020

Apartamentos Fuencarral 50
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.

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Reviews of Madrid

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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

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2 Mar 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Feb 2020

Lovely city

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Feb 2020

Really lovely capital.

5/5 - Excellent

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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