Madrid Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 76%Art & Design Lovers
- 74%History Buffs
- 71%Luxury Travelers
- 70%Nightlife Lovers
- 64%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (447)
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 4Feb 18, 2014
I'm living in Madrid for 6 years now and I absolutely LOVE this city, and I still find new things to see or do. This city offers you a lot of everything. If you're planning on visiting you can easily stay for a week and you won't get bored. It is also perfect for nightlife lovers.
If you're just staying for 2 days, I recommend a tour around Sol: Sol, Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, Opera, Catedral La Almudena, Palacio Real, Plaza España, Gran Vía, Callao, Metropolis, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá, Parque El Retiro, Museo El Prado and back to Sol. It's all very close so you can walk everywhere.
If you have a bit more time: Train Station Atocha and Museo Reina Sofia or Thyssen, Templo de Debod, La Latina, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Plaza de Toros Las Ventas.
Can't stand Madrid in the summer though, it get's way too hot, don't come on july nor august!
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 26, 2013
Madrid was my favorite city in Spain. It combines the best nightlife I've seen in Europe with absolutely incredible cultural exhibits. Night clubs, Picasso and really good cheese.
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureFamily Travelers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
Madrid is the very essence of Spain. It is a city permeated with joy. I like wondering and stop when I'm thirsty to drink a cana and taste some hamon serrano. Great! I like entering in the museums or just watching at buidlings while walking. I like the'commercial area' with fantastic shops. It is the perfect city for three days staying as it is not so large but yet with many interesting thing to see and do.
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 07, 2013
Gayle and Madrid go way back. She was first here as a Nanny during the last days of Franco. Ten years ago, she took here son here and last month you brought me along. I previously visited Madrid for a day back in the early 1980s while on a business trip and onwards (via Train) to Zaragoza.
Gayle and I found Madrid is very cosmopolitan, fun, and relaxed. In Canadian Terms, Madrid is Toronto (including the superiority complex) and Barcelona is Montreal. I think of them as 2 cities in the same Country, but separated by different Nations, Cultures, and War. Both are great places to be, even though I did get a few comments about my FC Barcelona jersey.
We especially enjoyed Madrid when we were here for Día de Hispania and all the people in their patriotic presense. We also liked out relaxing walk through Retiro Park, gazing at the architecture, hanging out at the Plaza Mayor, seeing Guernica at the Reina Sofia, enjoying a glass of wine at Mercado San Miguel, and just walking around here and there.
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBusiness Travelers+ 3Jun 06, 2013
Madrid is a compact capital city. That's not to say it doesn't seem like one - it's very stately - but it's considerably more walkable than London, Paris etc.
It's also very charming, with a more mature / less hedonistic atmosphere than that of Barcelona. Great architecture, great restaurants, lots of culture = well worth a trip.
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2May 05, 2013
With the Prado, the historic architecture and squares, the ham, the tappas and hot chocolate, the ham, and extensive pedestrian zones, Madrid is truly a top destination. Did I mention they have ham?
- MadridMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Mar 15, 2013
When you think of Madrid you might first think of sunshine, sangria, and bullfights, but spend a few hours here and you'll quickly discover there's a whole lot more to be seen and sampled. The city is flat out beautiful, historic, and this forever-famous capital city is pulsing with perhaps more life and excitement than anywhere else. When is the best time to visit? Good question. Hands down Spring or Fall...my preference is fall; I don't know why but Madrid is just unbeatable when it comes to sweater weather. Just remember that during July and August many of the locals flee for the coast to avoid the oppressive heat (and you should probably do the same).
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