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

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    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

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    Unexpected Madrid

    I went to Madrid with no expectations whatsoever. It was one of the most incredible places I've ever been. Food's amazing, "madrileños" are extreamly friendly and the architecture is beautiful, I'll definitely be back someday.

    Insider Tip:avoid the main nightclubs and lunch is the best time to enjoy Spanish food (menú del dia)

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    Taste of Spain

    madrid is super place to get know spanish culture. with the free tour you get know madrid well and also there are offer of their trip to get know the culture better. if you prefer to just be on your own then madrid is perfect where you can find many parks to chill and many museums from art to chocolate.

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    Capital, but not all that Spain has to offer.

    If you only see Madrid, I can say you haven't experienced the beauty of Spain. You MUST take at least the day trips to Toledo, Segovia, or any of the neighbouring areas. As a Muslim, it was a bit difficult to find food as pork is a staple source of protein in these parts (compared to the South where it was miraculously easy). But after asking around to the abundant friendly people, you can definitely find pretty much anything you want or need.

    Insider Tip:Check out what the Opera House is performing online, and if you are interested, show up about 3-4 hours before the show starts. If they haven't sold out, you might get to watch for up to 90% off! You don't need the T-10 metro tickets to get around Madrid. Unless you intend to go further away from the centre, and often. All else is walking distance.

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    Madrid is great.

    Madrid is a fun, safe and great place for travelers or expats. No shortage of sights, food, drinks, people, etc.

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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