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Madrid's culture is one that seems to emphasize living and leisure over hard work, yet its history has seen it produce some of Europe's most awe-inspiring artworks and buildings. Here are just a few of the best places to visit in Spain's capital!

Plaza de España

The metro station of the same name takes you to the Plaza de España, where a huge statue of Miguel de Cervantes presides over those of his characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Soccer fans can tour the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, walk the pitch, visit the dressing rooms, and marvel at the club's huge trophy cabinet!

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art boasts one of the foremost collections of 20th and 21st-century Spanish art, with highlights including Picasso's Guernica.

Museo del Prado

If traditional art is more your thing, the Museo del Prado exhibits the world's most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries.

Palacio Real

Madrid's most famous landmark Palacio Real is one of Europe's most spectacular palaces, built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens!

Plaza Mayor

Once the place to see bullfights and carnivals, you can find some of Madrid's best restaurants where the historic market square Plaza Mayor meets the "Austrias" neighborhood.

Gran Vía

This energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid's nightlife, hence its nickname: "The Spanish Broadway!"

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Completing Madrid's "Golden Triangle of Art," along with the Reina Sofia and Prado museums, the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is owned by a former Miss Spain and is perhaps the most eclectic of the lot.

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Círculo de Bellas Artes

Another key player on Madrid's art scene, this gallery's rooftop terrace offers stunning panoramas of the whole city! It's the best view of Madrid by quite a margin.

Parque del Buen Retiro

Of Madrid's many green corners, Retiro Park's statues, fountains, and floral features offer the city's most scenic respite for joggers, picnickers, boaters, and you!

Planning Your Madrid Visit

Best time to visit?

Summer is peak season despite the intolerable heat that drives even the natives to close up shop and head to a cooler climate! It's better to go in spring or fall, although if it takes more than a mild winter to put you off, hotels are considerably cheaper in winter!

How many days?

Madrid has enough life in it to enjoy a week there. If that turns out to be a little too long for you, the city is also well positioned for day-trip opportunities. For instance, consider visiting historic Toledo or Segovia, if not the Ribera del Duero wine region for a tasting or two!

How to get from the airport to the city?

Barajas International Airport is one of the world's largest, which means it's busy but pleasantly well connected! Taxis are available but the Renfe train is the cheapest and quickest option, however, at rush hour it might be less stressful to get the airport express bus. There is also the Metro, although this isn't advisable when carrying plenty of luggage.

How to get around?

Buses and the Metro are reliable, well connected, and cheap. Visitors might find it easier to purchase a Madrid Tourist Travel Pass, valid on all trains and buses for 1, 3, 5, or 7 days. Taxis are also very affordable compared to most European cities, and well regulated, too.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists

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What People Are Saying About Madrid

Well selected paintings in historical order.

I was with all Spanish speaking people and the only one in English but still well catered for. Gave me time to look at other works in between translations.

Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Prado Museum Reviewed by Nora, 08/14/2017

Fantastic day and a fantastic guide with a great knowledge of Toledo !

We had a great experience from start to finish. The journey was very smooth and well organized, as was the guided tour where our guide Beni keep us very well informed and amused at times. The whole day was a great success for the all the family and nicely finished off with a panoramic tour of the city. I'd recommend this tour to anybody.

Toledo Full-Day Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Fiona, 08/10/2017

Good tour. Covered most places inside the stadium.

We visited Benfica stadium in Lisbon before going to Santiago Bernabeu. Though Madrid has immense history and following the Guided Tour in Benfica was fabulous. The personal touch from a fun cum guide always brings the History and Info close with some Good inspiring words for their own club.

Tour Bernabéu Tickets Reviewed by Abhishek, 08/07/2017

The Flamenco show was amazing! I enjoyed every second of it.

The Flamenco show was amazing! I enjoyed every second of it. This was my first time to experience such an artistic dance, and I loved it! All of the dancers were great, and performed with such passion, intensity, and love. I recommend this show to anyone, from the young to the elderly. Bless!

Madrid Flamenco Show at Tablao Las Carboneras Reviewed by Dustin, 08/07/2017

Great tour, the tour guide Minerva was knowledgeable, and multilingual

The masterpieces we viewed were, stunning, the tour guide Minerva was very good. Well done

Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Prado Museum Reviewed by Eleftheria, 08/06/2017