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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    One of my favortie cities in the world

    Madrid was incredible. There's a lot to see, the plazas are great and you can just walk around a lot. The nightlife is amazing, and the people are super friendly and welcoming, which is the best part.

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    Alternative to sight-seeing

    Compared to big cities in France, Germany and Italy the prices are quite low, especially in supermarkets!

    Insider Tip:If you want to enjoy Madrid but not spend all day in crowded places, rent a bike and take a tour. We rented at ' Rent and Roll' (but there are also many electronic bike stations) for 7€/ 3 hours and went through 'Parque del Retiro' which is a beautiful park very close to the city centre.

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    Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot in Madrid

    Drink plenty of water, stay in the shade, and check out all of the parks and free walking tours there are to offer to learn about the rich history of Madrid. We shamelessly passed on the Prado museum and opted for the royal palace instead since we had such a short time to visit. The Almudena Cathedral, which is next to the palace, is absolutely breathtaking and is now my favorite cathedral that I have seen thus far in Europe.

    Insider Tip:If you are an EU or Latin American citizen, go to the Royal Palace after 6 pm to enjoy free entry! Get drinks at some of the rooftop bars, drink sangria, have la tortallita for breakfast, and try the 'churro con chocolate' (preferably at San Gines)!

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    What you would expect from a capital city

    Madrid is very unique. While you might expect a huge party town - it is more of a downtown. A good amount to see but other than that, it's pretty normal. The locals are nice.

    Insider Tip:I wouldn't suggest for staying any more than 3-4 nights...

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    Madrid was a real city, compared to Barcelona which struck me more as a party beach town. What this meant is that Madrid carried with it more history, culture, and still knew how to have a good time. Plus, its central location made trips to other cities very easy.

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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