Madrid City Guide

Madrid is the stylish, cosmopolitan and bustling capital of Spain. With its vast array of major parks, museums and galleries, cafés, and ornate churches, this is a city that’s going to keep you entertained. The lively atmosphere, fascinating history, renowned museums and stunning architecture make Madrid one of the most popular cities in Europe.

In the city are some of the largest art galleries in the world, and visitors could become lost in them for days. Tour of the Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) and peruse the works of great artists like Goya and Velázquez, or visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza), which displays collections spanning different centuries throughout history, from medieval realism to modern art. And don’t forget to stroll through the Reina Sofía Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) and admire the domestic works by Spanish masters such as Picasso and Dalí.

When it’s time to fuel up, enjoy lunch in the main square, the 18th century Plaza Mayor, or take a tour through the old town hall (Casa del Ayuntamiento).

The King of Spain now lives on the outskirts of the city, meaning visitors can visit to the Royal Palace in the centre (Palacio Real) with its richly decorated rooms and impressive array of treasures. We also recommend you check out the Almudena Cathedral (Santa María la Real de la Almudena), the construction of which took more than a century.

The iconic Puerta de Alcalá can be found on the corner of El Retiro (El Parque de Retiro), an impressive green space with architectural jewels, gardens and ponds, and the Casa de Campo is an even grander city park. Visit the Natural History Museum (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales) and find out all about the local flora and fauna, amongst other things.

Spend an evening visit to Puerta del Sol. You’ll find some of the best 'tabernas' and clubs of Madrid around this square. Traditionally, people eat here quite late, so if you want to join the Spanish locals, then you better be willing to come out at midnight. Make sure you try the local cuisine, including tapas and paella – you won’t be disappointed – and wash it all down with a refreshing sangria or Rioca.

Madrid is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe. You are guaranteed to love this city!

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