Madrid

Travel Guide
Almudena Cathedral

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

Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
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The price is CA $161 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,514 reviews)
"Convenient location, close to everything, nice and clean room"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

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Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
The price is CA $176 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 12
Located in Madrid 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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,246 reviews)
"I didnt like that when I leave the room the AC was turn off, and I was not able to leave my devices to keep charging, they should include outlets that are independent from the room key"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hard Rock Hotel Madrid
Hard Rock Hotel Madrid
Ronda de Atocha 17, Madrid
The price is CA $178 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Arganzuela, this hotel is steps from Church of Maria Auxiliadora and Lavapies. Crystal Palace and Royal Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Estación ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
"Excelent new hotel in Madrid. all the important things are done right here."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel Madrid
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Plaza Mayor Suites & Apartments
Plaza Mayor Suites & Apartments
3 out of 5
Calle Salvador 4, Madrid, Madrid
The price is CA $111 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Madrid Centro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Lavapies. Gran Via Street and Mercado de San ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (438 reviews)
"Excellent location, walking distance to main attractions"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

Plaza Mayor Suites & Apartments
Gran View Apartments
Gran View Apartments
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Vía 48, Madrid, Madrid
The price is CA $202 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in Madrid Centro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carrion Building and Royal Theatre. Principe Pio and Lavapies are also within 1 mi (2 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)
"Great property and friendly staff centrally located, nice balcony and good space"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2021

Gran View Apartments
Luxury Suites
Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
Alcala 57, Madrid, Madrid
The price is CA $196 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Located in Salamanca, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Madrid Stock Exchange and Lavapies. Crystal Palace and Royal Theatre are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (416 reviews)
"We loved staying at this property—extremely clean, and loved the apartment. Great hotel with friendly staff! Will be staying again"

Reviewed on Aug. 22, 2021

Luxury Suites
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