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

  • 90%


    Fun, modern city with easy interaction with locals

    Madrid is a great tourism city because everything there is to see is mixed in with local neighborhoods, bars, and attractions. Unlike more touristy and overpriced cities, Madrid is affordable and fairly easy to navigate. It has a great metro system, plenty of places to walk around, and a lot of student discounts. It also has an awesome football culture with two major teams playing in the city.

    Insider Tip:El Tigre for tapas!

  • 80%


    Great international city

    Fun city, great metro system, and lots of nightlife. A bit hard to get around on foot, but not too bad - just allow 20-30 minutes to get places. A bit of a tough nut to crack in that you have to know where to go; it seems like it's hard to just stumble on fantastic sights and places to visit (but maybe that's just me). Quite hot in the summer though - make sure your lodging has AC if you have trouble sleeping in heat!

    Insider Tip:Go to the Chinese restaurant in the underground parking garage in Plaza de España. Cheap, good, and a nice change from Spanish food! Also, the Templo de Debod is free and definitely worth a visit.

  • 90%


    Nice place for the summer

    The city is not that big, you can walk around and discover things in just for 1 day. I love the bernabeu stadium, it's the highlight for my trip!

    Insider Tip:The weather is really hot, be ready for this.

  • 90%


    Good Location but some issues

    I was in a room with 8 girls and the aircon was broken in the middle of summer. The windows did not let in much of a breeze and it got pretty noisy on the street. Two of the girls complained three times, with responses that the remote was lost, to turn on the unit manually, and finally when the guy came up he shrugged his shoulders opened a window and tried to leave without saying a word. Once the girls asked him what was going on he said it was broke and after complaining the girls moved.

    Insider Tip:Try to get the bottom bunk because the beds are a bit shaky.

  • 80%



    Madrid is an easy city to get around in. You can walk from one end of the city to the other quite easily. It has a late night city life, good vibe.

    Insider Tip:If you're okay with walking, don't get a metro pass. I only needed public transportation to get from the airport to the hostel and then from the hostel to the train station on my last day. Parque del Retiro is definitely worth a visit.

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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