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The Spanish capital is not all hustle and bustle; nibble tapas in a cobbled square, visit ancient churches, or relax in one of Madrid’s spacious parks.

Madrid is a city of contrasts where old meets new and quick meets slow. From street performers and old-time cafés to high-end concert halls and fancy restaurants, there really is something for everyone to explore here – and that’s before you include the beautiful palaces, churches, galleries and museums that are dotted about the metropolis.

Madrid boasts three world-renowned art museums all within a stone’s throw of each other, the so-called “Golden Triangle of Art”. The Prado Museum boasts an enormous collection and can take a day to explore on its own. This is where you’ll find the works of some of Spain’s home-grown masters, like Velázquez and Goya, although it features art from all over the world. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was once the private collection of an aristocrat but this range of works spanning some seven centuries is now open to the public. The last corner of the triangle, the Reína Sofia Museum, is a true gem offering a historical perspective on important modern and contemporary trends in art.

If old buildings are more up your street, there are plenty of them to be found in Madrid too. You'll see a lot of different architectural styles just walking around the city, but you might like to head to the Royal Palace for a guided tour through a history of the Spanish royal family's extravagant taste, or else to the Almudena Cathedral to soak up an original blend of ancient and modern flavours.

Madrid’s City Hall is also worth a look, and guided tours are available here too. From here you won’t be far from the cobbled Plaza Mayor and its high-end boutiques.

If you feel like getting away from the city streets and finding some green space, there are a number of options. El Retiro is probably the most interesting; here you'll find architectural monuments and statues, as well as street performers, each more innovative than the last in their efforts to attract your attention.

After your trip to the park, head over to El Rastro, the flea market, where you can catch a glimpse into the lives of the Madrileños and you’ll find almost anything under the sun for sale.

However you decide to spend your days in Madrid, remember there’s always a table laden with tapas and a cold beer waiting for you at the end. ¡Chin-chin!

Where to stay in Madrid

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Top hotels in Madrid

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
AU$176
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Plaza de España and Gran Via Street. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de Vega Theatre are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (527 reviews)

"Excellent place. Great Location. Friendly staff. Facilities are very nice. Amenities are great. Very close to all attractions."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Nuevo Madrid
Hotel Nuevo Madrid
4 out of 5
C/ Bausa, 27, Madrid, Madrid
AU$80
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Ciudad Lineal, this spa hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and within 6 mi (10 km) of IFEMA - Feria de Madrid and Thyssen-Bornemisza ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,042 reviews)

"I had a meal in the restaurant which was very unsatisfactory. The chops were thin and dry."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2020

Hotel Nuevo Madrid
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via
4 out of 5
Gran Via 11, Madrid, Madrid
AU$235
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Centro, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street, Puerta del Sol, and Paseo del Prado. Teatro Lara and Plaza de Cibeles are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,013 reviews)

"Excellent view of the Gran via, loved it! Friendly staff & great restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

Popular activities in Madrid

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

4.5/5(92 reviews)

Make your way to Madrid's iconic cobbled square and stroll past artists' stalls, listen to local street musicians, or sit down in the porticos to enjoy a coffee.

Prado Museum
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Prado Museum

4.5/5(57 reviews)

A world-renowned art museum with some of Europe’s most important masterpieces on display, this is an essential part of any Madrid tourist itinerary.

Gran Via Street
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Gran Via Street

4/5(53 reviews)

Madrid’s famous shopping strip has boutiques and international brands, an exciting nightlife and an impressive display of early 20th-century architecture. 

Puerta del Sol
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Puerta del Sol

4/5(64 reviews)

Serving as the capital's focal point, no visit to Madrid is complete without a trip to this central square.

Plaza de España
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Plaza de España

4/5(71 reviews)

Pay homage to Miguel de Cervantes, Spain's most famous writer, or find some shade under a tree and kick back right in the heart of the city centre.

Royal Palace
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Royal Palace

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Come and take a walk around one of the largest palaces in Western Europe...and try not to get lost!

Top activities in Madrid

Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance
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Day Tour of Toledo & Segovia with Alcazar Entrance

94% of travellers recommend
AU$114
Per adult
Madrid City Tour - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
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Madrid City Tour - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

80% of travellers recommend
AU$36
Per adult
Flamenco Show at Cardamomo Tablao
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Flamenco Show at Cardamomo Tablao

90% of travellers recommend
AU$63
Per adult
Real Madrid Bernabeu Tour - Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)
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Real Madrid Bernabeu Tour - Open Date Ticket (Ticket Only)

84% of travellers recommend
AU$40
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour

78% of travellers recommend
AU$47
Per adult
Tapas Cooking Class at a Private Local Eatery
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Tapas Cooking Class at a Private Local Eatery

AU$97
Per adult

Reviews of Madrid

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 59.375%
4 - Good
77
4 - Good 34.375%
3 - Okay
14
3 - Okay 6.25%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Chris

Jan 18, 2020

Enjoyed every single part of Madrid, all the places, Food, culture, streets, shopping and people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 4, 2020

We spent 4 nights 3 days in Madrid. We could have easily condensed this into 2 days which would have left us more time to spend in Segovia and Zaragoza which we loved.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 2, 2020

I definetly will recommend to my friends and relatives to visit Madrid, it is a safe place to travell and to visit and the people are very friendly and helpful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 20, 2019

Vibrant city with lots to see and do. I loved walking around the city, it felt safe and had a great atmosphere. Retiro Park, the Prada museum, the palace and the hospitality were all very good.

5/5 - Excellent

dee

Oct 23, 2019

Amazin :)

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 11, 2019

There was a lot of construction work going on around the major tourist areas and also the lack of English instructions. English being the first universally spoken language should be included on signage as it is hard to navigate the city.

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