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

  • 60%


    A Populous City

    The city is fun if you're with locals and know where to get Yayos, a Madrid drink. Otherwise, I'd choose to spend more time in the south of Spain. Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba are all nice, less known locations where one can experience more culture and better food at a more reasonable price.

  • 80%


    Wonderful City

    Madrid is really beautiful and a very easily walkable city, which I think is nice. The people are very nice and the food and drink is really great. The public transport is also very easy to use. I would recommend seeing the royal palace if you are in the city!

    Insider Tip:The museums are free the last 2 hours of the day, if you get there a little bit early the lines aren't bad and it is a great deal!

  • 70%



    Madrid had some interesting things to see. But overall the city itself did not strike me as all that great.

  • 90%



    Madrid is an amazing city - I've lived there for universitary studies - and have never gotten enough of coming back and absorbing some of the atmosphere again. There is something for every visitor: culture, university, shopping (amazing shops with style for no money), parties, parks, friendly people, good food (though you have to know where to get it: I recommend the Latina neighbourhood).

    Insider Tip:If you only have a few days before hopping to another city, be sure to walk around Sol, then head up to the park and the Prado for a short visit (free between 6pm and 8pm on certain days: check with your hostel staff!). Enjoy a break in La Latina with some tapas and some beers, and if you like to get some hippie parties, head up to "La Via Lactea" in Malasana/ Chueca and hang around there for some awesome dance parties as well. If you'd like a rather dressed-up party, head back to sol and go out in Joy.

  • 80%



    I absolutely loved Madrid. There's not as much to do tourist-wise as some other European cities, but I was happy just being there, as there was tons to just see.

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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