Top attractions in Madrid
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
This energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid's nightlife, hence its nickname: "The Spanish Broadway!"
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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- Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists
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What people are saying about Madrid
Lisa was our tour guide with a great sense of safety and awareness of all of us that followed her - she was all the way very aware of our safety and guided us well throughout the tour. Her knowledge of the city is rewarding and all you can expect :) - Lisa's friendly manner is inspirational to go on an adventure:) excellent - we have met many guides over many years and she is outstanding indeed :) well done and highly recommend this Company and staff.
The tour of the City of Toledo was comprehensive and informative. I enjoyed the discussions of the history of the city and the information on architecture of the three different religions that lived in the city. The final stop at the Church of St Tome to view El Greco's painting of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz was the highlight of the tour.
Our guide Irene was first class. Very knowledgable and eloquent with her information. Group size was 15, so not too large. Palace itself is very opulent and well worth the visit. Only down side was we got caught up behind large group of Japanese visitors, so entry through security was a bit slow. Would definitely recommend.
Marc did a very great tour with us and answered all of our questions, even the ones that weren´t about the spanish inquisition. You get a very good view over the city and especially the inquisition. Just do the tour, even thought there was no food. (aks him about this), you won´t regret it.
It was great to get into the palace at 09.00 h in the morning before the crowd. Our guide Benny was the best guide you could wish to have. He knew everything and was highly motivated to present us the royal palace. Thank you so much! We would book the tour again!