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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!


Guide to Exploring Madrid


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Axor Barajas

Axor Barajas

Calle campezo 4, Madrid
4.5
of 5, from 589 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Madrid Congress Centre, Aquopolis, and Real Madrid City. Prado Museum and Las Ventas are also within 9 mi (15 km).

€120
Hotel Emperador

Hotel Emperador

Gran Via 53, Madrid
4.1
of 5, from 779 reviews
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Grand hotel on Madrid's famous central thoroughfare of Gran Via, less than 1 kilometer from Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, and Puerta del Sol, and 2 kilometers from the Prado art gallery, and Retiro Park.

€66
Hotel Nuevo Boston

Hotel Nuevo Boston

Avenida de Aragon 332, Madrid
4.4
of 5, from 716 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Madrid Congress Centre, Aquopolis, and Real Madrid City. Las Ventas and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

€203
Hotel Atlantico Madrid

Hotel Atlantico Madrid

Gran Via 38, Madrid
4.6
of 5, from 4,218 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on central Madrid's main artery, the Gran Via, opposite Plaza Callao, this historical building reflects early 20th-century eclectic style with ornate stucco work topped by a French cupola.

€50
Avant Torrejon

Avant Torrejon

Avenida de las Estaciones, 20, Torrejon de Ardoz
4.1
of 5, from 134 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Torrejon de Ardoz hotel is located near the airport, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Parque Europa, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquopolis and Golf Negralejo. ABC Serrano and Parque de Berlin are also within 12 mi (20 km).

€70
Maydrit Hotel

Maydrit Hotel

Piragua 1, Madrid
4.4
of 5, from 390 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Barajas, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Capricho Park, Plenilunio Shopping Mall, and Olivar de la Hinojosa Golf Club. Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and Madrid Congress Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

€90
Novotel Madrid Center

Novotel Madrid Center

O'donnell 53, Madrid
4.3
of 5, from 118 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Near the Paseo del Arte

€61
Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Calle de Lola Flores, 1, Madrid
4.3
of 5, from 490 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquopolis, Madrid Congress Centre, and Golf Negralejo. Las Ventas and Parque Europa are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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