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

  • 70%


    Chillling capital

    Not as fascinating as Barcelona, but a lot more chilling and relaxing place to be. At least you don't have to worry about the robbery as much as in Barcelona. We enjoyed our time there.

    Insider Tip:The Bullring stadium is a must visit even without watching a real bullfight. I don't recommend the killing, but it's their culture, I respect that. You have free audio once you buy the ticket inside and you can hear the history of bullfight in Spain.

  • 90%


    City of Royalty

    The palaces in this city are, in my opinion, even better than the ones in the UK! You can get anywhere by foot and there's so much to do. You can go have dinner while watching a flamenco show or go for some churros con chocolate for a snack (warning: they are quite rich and filling). The Almudena Cathdral (right next to the Royal Palace) was one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever seen! It's very well-lit because of all the windows and the white walls.

  • 90%


    comfortable city

    i love this city, not just because i met lots great friends and one greatest girl here. and also this city let me fell comfortable. during the days i were here, the weather is not so good, cold and a bit raining. but this cannot influence you discover this city. if you willing to walk around, you will find lots of beautiful and interesting places. The food here is very cheap, the tickets for the tourist places are also very friendly.

    Insider Tip:el tigre, a great place for tapas. with student Id, you can enter many places for free.

  • 90%


    A Good Intro to Spain

    It's a very lively city and I love the food in Spain. Night scene is also a good time. Diverse city, shares a laid back California feel to it.

  • 100%


    Love Madrid

    Madrid has a multitude of things to do. It's rich in culture, art, history; you won't be bored. If you want to forgo all that and just engross yourself in nature, they have some really nice parks to do that too.

    Insider Tip:Watch out for the pickpockets! There are tons. In 4 days, we encountered 4, so the odds of you running into one are high.

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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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