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Top sights in Madrid
Top 10 things to do 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!
9. 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.
Frequently asked questions about Madrid
What top attractions are a must-see in Madrid?
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What are the top things to do in Madrid this week?
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Which tours in Madrid are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?
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Planning Your 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.
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- Best time to visit
- Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists
Other Sightseeing Options in Madrid
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What people are saying about Madrid
A very well organized tour, great time management especially considering how far is Salamanca from Madrid (2:40hrs) our guide Khan was excellent and provided us with a great background on the fascinating history of these two towns. We had around 1 and half hour free time in each city. The tour started early around 7:45, before reaching the first stop Salamanca we stopped at a restaurant in gas station to have some quick breakfast coffee. Then the guide took us for a short walking tour and left us at Cathedral to continue on our own. We then drove to Avila and spent there around 2 hours. We finished around 5 clivk and were back in Madrid around 6:30.
Javier and his crew were the perfect guides. We had such a nice 2 hour tour. It was our first Segway experience and they were very patient and we felt very safe with them. We enjoyed hearing about the history of Madrid and seeing the city from the Segway perspective. We will recommend them to friends who visit Madrid!!
We just opted for the show, no drinks, no food as that seemed expensive. Food didn't look nice and people weren't eating it. After all, it is the dancing you are there for.
Our guide balanced well etween English and Spanish. He was witty and I enjoyed the day.
Loved the locations we visited. The guide was very informative. Long day but worth it.