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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

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

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!

Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Photo: jacinta lluch valero @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

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

The ideal solution for a basic tour in any city

Well organized, a bit crowded even in winter time. Madrid is really a beautiful city and I do think they need to increase the frequency, specially in the line covering the old part of the city.

Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour) Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/20/2017

Fabulous tour of Madrid with knowledgeable and friendly guides!

Our first Segway experience could not have been better! After a quick lesson on how to use the Segway we were off to see the sites. Tour was fun and informative. Guides were friendly and professional.

Fun Segway Tour Madrid and Chocolate with Churros Reviewed by Maribeth, 02/18/2017

Enjoyed the historical perspective of the artworks.

I was glad we got there early. Several but loads arrived later in the morning and moved about the museum in a large group. It was impossible to view paintings and we had to dodge these groups for the rest of the visit.

Madrid: Skip the Line Prado Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Kathleen, 02/16/2017

Very well organized indeed and everything went perfectly.

The Hotel pick-up service was perfect. The tour itself was just right. The driver was very good and the tour guide as well. I can highly recommend the company. Toledo is a destination not to be missed when taking a holiday in Madrid. Cheers!!!

Toledo Half-Day Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Enrique, 02/14/2017

great trip would highly recommend to anyone.

Very informative trip, Carmen our guide was great - switched effortlessly between Spanish and English. Bus ride was comfy and provided sufficient time to rest between cities.

Full-Day Avila and Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by cheryl, 02/13/2017

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