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

  • 50%


    Amazing lively city. A must see

    A beautiful city with lots to see and explore. Many museums, cathedrals, palaces and parks. The metro is good and after a little it is quite easy to get around. It is a large city so it takes a while to explore. Lots of places to shop and eat.

    Insider Tip:Take some snacks and have a picnic is the beautiful Parque Del Retiro. Lots to see, touristy, but there are many green sitting spots to have a picnic that are away from everyone. Nice place to walk around and enjoy.

  • 90%


    Favorite City so far

    Whether student or adult, Madrid is so awesome. Retiro Park is free and so beautiful! El Prado museum is free for students with student cards all day. Opera is super cheap if you're under 30 yrs old and line up. Pretty cheap to Metro around and small enough to walk around. Just so much to do and so fun and so beautiful. Food is great and cheap. Everything is open until like 2 am. So awesome.

  • 60%


    Madrid in May

    Madrid is a beautiful city, however it is quite a small one. If travelling around Europe as I was doing, I would only give yourself 2 or 3 days to explore, you can see most of the main points in the city within this time frame.

    Insider Tip:Do not buy a metro or subway pass, you can walk everywhere you really need to go in the city. Also drink lots of water, the city is very hot and dry.

  • 80%


    Off-season traveling

    We were visiting our friends in Madrid in March. There was not as much to do as I had imagined but just walking around the city and maybe stopping for some parks on the way. Atmosphere of the city was overall very nice and anywhere you walk there is something cool to see.

    Insider Tip:There are times of day when you can go free to del Prado museum and the Palace at least during the off-season.

  • 80%


    Excellent Weekend

    I packed in so much. Got Real Madrid tickets online in the week running up to the weekend. You'd be better off going to and Atletico game then doing the tour and the pitch is taken up for summer concerts there now. As much as I wanted to see the bullfighting, I wouldn't recommend it as a form of entertainment. Otherwise, had a great weekend. Good food, nice people and great weather!

    Insider Tip:The tourist tickets seem expensive on the metro but are very useful if you've an eventful day planned. It also runs until 2am so can help get back to your hotel/hostel even after spending all day touring. One day ticket cost me €17.

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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