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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

Chueca which includes a city, a house and a square or plaza

Chueca

5/5Exceptional!(8 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Chueca, you might enjoy attractions like Paseo de la Castellana and Teatro Infanta Isabel. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Chueca Station to see more of the city.

Chueca

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
The price is AU$156 per night

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Lope de Vega Theatre are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (826 reviews)

"Great experience! Fabulous staff, extremely clean and lots of precautions related to COVID. The breakfast buffet was fantastic."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Melia Madrid Princesa
Melia Madrid Princesa
5 out of 5
Princesa 27, Madrid, Madrid
The price is AU$169 per night

Located in Moncloa-Aravaca, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street, and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (595 reviews)
Excellent

"Friendly professional stuff"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Melia Madrid Princesa
ME Madrid by Melia
ME Madrid by Melia
4.5 out of 5
Plaza de Santa Ana, 14, Madrid, Madrid
The price is AU$232 per night

Located in Literary Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Plaza de Santa Ana and Teatro Espanol. Congress of Deputies and Plaza Mayor are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"A very modern hotel. Perfect location. Very humble staff. Super neat and clean. Definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb. 2020

ME Madrid by Melia

Popular places to visit in Madrid

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.

Plaza Mayor
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Plaza Mayor

4.5/5(93 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.

Gran Via Street
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Gran Via Street

4.5/5(54 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.

Royal Palace of Madrid
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Royal Palace of Madrid

4.5/5(89 reviews)

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

El Retiro Park
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El Retiro Park

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Alongside games of football and couples in pedalos, the art galleries, buskers and 17th-century palace give El Retiro a different flavour to your average park.

Top activities in Madrid

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

AU$112
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Salamanca & Ávila Full-Day Tour
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Salamanca & Ávila Full-Day Tour

AU$128
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour
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Skip-the-Line Royal Palace Tour

AU$47
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Toledo & Segovia with Skip the Line to The Alcazar
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Toledo & Segovia with Skip the Line to The Alcazar

AU$102
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Madrid City Tour - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
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Madrid City Tour - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

AU$36
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Private Airport Transfer Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Centre
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Private Airport Transfer Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) to Madrid City Centre

AU$85
Per adult

Reviews of Madrid

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 59.030837004405285%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.801762114537446%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.167400881057269%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Feb. 2020

Even with constant crowds it is fairly easy to move about. Festivals in the major plazas are offered daily. GPS though is sometimes unreliable in narrow streets.

5/5 - Excellent

Chris

18 Jan. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Jan. 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

2 Jan. 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

20 Nov. 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

23 Oct. 2019

Amazin :)

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