Madrid Pocket Guide

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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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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Madrid.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Madrid... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Madrid.

Madrid City Reviews

  • 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.

  • 60%


    Spectacular city in the Iberian Peninsula

    An amazing city, Didn't expect to enjoy it and has been one of my absolute favourites. Beautiful and vibrant and an endless amount of things to do.

    Insider Tip:The Museo de Jamón is delicious and very cheap. I wish I found it earlier.

  • 90%


    Madrid is awesome! Good food, cheap prices! Easy to get to know local people (better if you speak the language) and a lot, but a lot of places to walk around, stop in a Tapas Bar in one of the many squares in town, have a cana and just enjoy life!

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