City Guide Madrid, Spain

Visiting Madrid

Located right in the centre of Spain, Madrid is a city that will suit those who like to rise early and see as much as they can in a day as well as those more accustomed to the night owl lifestyle. Art lovers won’t know where to go with three of Europe’s best art galleries located within five minutes walk of each other, while the Spanish capital also has one of the world’s most ornate palaces. After dark, once businesses close and the working Madrileños begin their trek home, another breed of Madrileños begin their trek into the city to keep Madrid’s numerous tapas restaurants, bars and clubs full until the early hours of the morning.

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Madrid City Reviews

  • 80%


    Good hub

    I prefer Barcelona to Madrid actually hahaha sorry folks.. But there are also cool places to go around Madrid (although admittedly not as spectacular as the Sagrada Familia and Montserrat ( accessible from Barcelona). Madrid is a good hub though if you want to cover as many cities as possible within a limited time. From Madrid you can easily travel to nearby cities that have their own charm as well : (Avila, Segovia, Toledo and Salamanca) .

    Insider Tip:Blabla car.. This a cheap way to go around Spain.

  • 90%


    Madrid la madre patria!!!

    A good city for walking, for all Spanish speaking is an amazing place to start a trip through Europe! The food is amazing , and your money is well spent.

    Insider Tip:Final if you want to go to a tapas bar · Tiger sees "in the neighborhood " La Chueca " surely you 'll love ! It's cheap and delicious!

  • 60%


    It is a cool city

    I was at first not impressed with Madrid but it grEw on me. Buen retiro park and Prado museum did it for me. I felt really safe walking around but of course I heard about the pickpockets.

    Insider Tip:It's a walkable city as most of its sites are walking distance from each other. Your feet may thank you if you do take the Metro to get from one place to the other.

  • 90%


    Nice and interest city to visit

    I stayed in Madrid only one night and half day, but I really like the city, the weather there and especially the up and down attractive streets. Hope I could have more time to stay there to explore the city more. Will definitely go there again.

  • 60%


    I love Madrid!

    I really enjoyed my time in Madrid! It was one of the cheapest places I have been so far! One of the highlights was the walking tour. I had a great tour guide at the sandemans payed tour, which was really cheap about 9€! His name was Ramon I think! He knew everything about the city I guess... Additionally he was truly nice and funny! I definitely recommend his walking tour!

    Insider Tip:Tour guide: Ramon

Spain: Itinerary

Madrid has something for all types of traveller – some of Europe’s best museums can be found here, while for the more party orientated traveller, the nightlife is one of the liveliest in Europe.

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