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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    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.

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    Madrid is an amazing city, with a lot of culture and history behind it. It was especially easier for me to get around the city and mingle with the locals because I'm fluent in Spanish, but I wouldn't necessarily say Spain as a whole is so friendly to people that would come in speaking only English. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone coming to this city to take a couple of Spanish lessons, and become well acquainted with the language, as your travel experience would most likely be much better.

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    Madrid in September

    The perfect city to visit in September : enjoying beautiful weather, eating delicious food, drinking nice Rioja,... A lot of great art museum to visit. Shopping is also a possibility.

    Insider Tip:Have a nap in Retiro park

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    Don't buy a ten-trip metro ticket

    Don't buy a ten-trip metro ticket.lol Coz you can walk to every spot easily. They r very close to each other. Like the city, just go n explore~

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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