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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!

Plaza de España

Plaza de España

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.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

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!

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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.

Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado

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.

Palacio Real

Palacio Real

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!

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

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.

Gran Vía

Gran Vía

This energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid's nightlife, hence its nickname: "The Spanish Broadway!"

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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.

Círculo de Bellas Artes
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Círculo de Bellas Artes

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.

Parque del Buen Retiro

Parque del Buen Retiro

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!

Planning Your Madrid Visit

Best time to visit?

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!

How many days?

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!

How to get from the airport to the city?

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.

How to get around?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists

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What people are saying about Madrid

Wonderful way to see some sights and get history lesson

Our guide Javi was excellent, speaking both English and Spanish to the group. (5 of us) His knowledge of the sites and history of Madrid and Spain were on the mark. He kept a good watch on the us, as I took a wrong turn in a crowded plaza and he found me! He was careful on the streets, always in bike lane or back way. Tour is inexpensive and extensive lasting 3 hours. I would highly recommend this way of sightseeing, if you like to bike. There is SO much walking in Madrid, a beautiful city. Thank you.

Madrid Sightseeing E-Bike Tour Reviewed by Cheryl, 08/14/2019

EXCELLENT GUIDE FOR EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE

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.

Madrid: Original and Genuine Segway I2 Experience Reviewed by Samuel, 09/09/2019

The tour of Toledo was informative and enjoyable.

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.

From Madrid: Half-Day Toledo and El Greco Tour Reviewed by Mario, 08/19/2019

The tour was not hurried and excellently led and narrated.

Our tour was the first of the day and we had the palace virtually to ourselves for almost an hour. Our guide took full advantage of this and gave us a very complete and informative tour in a relaxed atmosphere. The guide was very knowledgeable and was able to select the best topics on which to focus, unimpeded.

Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Shari, 08/13/2019

Super leuk om samen met mijn dochter te doen.

Andar did a great job, compliments. I booked also a private tour, of 2 hours, on Sunday the 11th, city + other park. Again great experience, guide was Lisa and she did also an fantasticc job. Al comments are also valid for this tour