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Madrid is one of Europe’s most popular cities for its lively atmosphere, fascinating history, renowned museums and stunning architecture.

Madrid is Spain’s stylish, cosmopolitan and party-centric capital city. After enjoying the spacious parks, modern facilities, café terraces and outdoor art, venture inside to admire the city’s palaces and churches. Modern Madrid is commercially and politically significant for Europe, but its old Spanish culture is what is most prominent in the city streets lined with grand buildings, museums and galleries.


You could spend days exploring some of the world’s major art museums. Visit the Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) for a look at works by greats like Goya and Velázquez or head to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) to see a collection of paintings spanning many centuries. Wander the galleries of the Reina Sofía Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) to admire works by Spanish masters such as Picasso and Dalí.

Have lunch in the central square, the 18th-century Plaza Mayor, or take a tour of the old City Hall (Casa del Ayuntamiento).

The king resides on the outskirts of the city, but visitors can enter the Royal Palace (Palacio Real) in the city center to see lavishly decorated rooms and an impressive array of artifacts. Don’t miss the adjacent Almudena Cathedral (Santa María la Real de La Almudena): It took over a century to complete.

The iconic Puerta de Alcalá adorns a corner of El Retiro (El Parque de Retiro), an impressive green space with architectural marvels, gardens and ponds. Casa de Campo is an even bigger urban park. Visit the Museum of Natural Sciences (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales) to learn all about the local flora and fauna.

Las Ventas has bullfights on Sundays. If this old Spanish tradition doesn’t interest you, watch a soccer match or browse the El Rastro flea markets.

At night, visit Puerta del Sol, surrounded by some of Madrid’s best “tabernas” and clubs. The tradition is to eat very late, so come closer to midnight to mingle with the Spanish. For local delights, order tapas or paella with a refreshing sangria or local wine.


Madrid is one of the liveliest cities in Europe and the sunny city is sure to steal your heart.

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
The price is CA $134 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (994 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 Jan. 1, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
The price is CA $80 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in 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. Sevilla ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,715 reviews)

"I would say this is a boutique hotel smack in the center of Madrid. It has everything you need, it is clean, modern, great breakfast, views, subway right in front, nice restaurant/bar in house. Just great!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2021

Hotel Regina
Hotel Liabeny
Hotel Liabeny
4 out of 5
Calle de la Salud 3, Madrid
The price is CA $106 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
Great Hotel

"Nice renovated hotel room, modern and clean, excellent location right between Gran via and puerta del sol. The only down thing was the breakfast but i guess its due to Covid-19 you don’t get an open buffet."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Hotel Liabeny
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.

Vacation Rentals in Madrid

Slow Suites Luchana
Slow Suites Luchana
4 out of 5
Calle Luchana 13, Madrid, Spain
The price is CA $128 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Chamberi, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Teatro Amaya, Gran Via Street, and Paseo de la Castellana. Teatro Lara and Sorolla ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)
Deluxe Duplex- Huge and modern flat!

"The flat in Suites Luchana was absolutely fantastic! It is huge for two people (you could def have 4 if using the futon in the living room). We had the Deluxe Duplex, which is super spacious, has a bathroom and a toilet and a lot of space to chill out. It is very centrally located, only a 35 min ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 2020

Slow Suites Luchana
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Capital
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Capital
4 out of 5
Gran Via 48, Madrid, Madrid
The price is CA $120 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Callao, Plaza Mayor, and Royal Palace of Madrid. Plaza de Cibeles and Thyssen-Bornemisza ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,462 reviews)

"Overall a great experience. Spent 12 days at the property. Had a problem at check in with the room that I had reserved not being available, but this was resolved the following day. Staff was pleasant and professional. Room was modern and very clean, bed comfortable. Sofa in bad shape and needs to ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 31, 2020

SmartRental Collection Gran Via Capital
Malasaña Central Suites
Malasaña Central Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Pozas 16, Madrid
The price is CA $61 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Malasana, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Lara. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de ...

4.1/5Very Good! (94 reviews)
Not good

"We booked this hotel for 7 nights. And there is big different between pictures in internet and real room. We got the room with own entrance from the street. It was a big mistake to take it. There is no soundproofing at all in this room (may be others are better). So all the night (if you are not ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Malasaña Central Suites
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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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Cornelius

Apr 1, 2020

Friendly people, good transportation, architecture, lots of restaurants, parks, shopping, and felt safe.

5/5 - Excellent

Josh

Mar 15, 2020

Initial impression was great city and people but unfortunately we cut short our visit due to covid-19 and did not enjoy much the city could offer but looking forward to comeback in the near future.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2020

Amaizing architecture and parcs. A lot of terrasses with good or very good food. Shopping opportunities all around the Old City.

5/5 - Excellent

Eleanor

Feb 17, 2020

The downtown is crowded with people everywhere and this is February. The vibe is palpable - friendly, happy, full of energy.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

I prefer Barcelona more, but some people may prefer here which is a bit more quieter.

5/5 - Excellent

adelAlkassab

Jan 7, 2020

I always enjoyed my stays in Madrid

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