Madrid

Travel Guide
Almudena Cathedral

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

Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
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The price is AU$166 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Puerta del Sol. Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,511 reviews)
"Personally think it needs 4 stars because it’s that nice ! The restaurant was soooo good ! Loved my stay so much !"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2022

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Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
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The price is AU$219 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Espana - Princesa, Gran Via Street and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Temple of ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,571 reviews)
"Breakfast and view"

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

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Hotel Atlantico Madrid
Hotel Atlantico Madrid
4 out of 5
Gran Via 38, Madrid, Madrid
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The price is AU$205 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Madrid Centro, this hotel is steps away from Plaza de Callao and Gran Via Street. Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Callao ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,268 reviews)
"Everything was great. Staff very professional and nice."

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2022

Hotel Atlantico Madrid
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Compostela Suites Apartments
Compostela Suites Apartments
3 out of 5
C/ Zambrana, 4, Madrid, Madrid
The price is AU$99 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Plenilunio Shopping Mall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Juan Carlos I Park and Estadio Wanda ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,030 reviews)
"Modern building with mostly working appliances. Close to most amenities except the metro."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

Compostela Suites Apartments
Gran View Apartments
Gran View Apartments
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Vía 48, Madrid, Madrid
The price is AU$201 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Madrid Centro, this aparthotel is steps away from Plaza de Callao and Gran Via Street. Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (60 reviews)
"Awesome place , front desk very helpful"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2021

Gran View Apartments
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
4 out of 5
Gran vía 42, Madrid
The price is AU$142 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Madrid Centro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Plaza Mayor. Royal Palace of Madrid and El Retiro Park are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (285 reviews)
"Overall: We enthusiastically recommend this hotel for families visiting Madrid Pro: Location - Gran Via is an area full of shopping and restaurants. There are multiple 24/7 grocery stores very close nearby. Robust public transport is also very easy to access. Taxis are also very easy to call. Historical ..."

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2021

SmartRental Collection Gran Via Centric
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