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

  • 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.

  • 60%


    Go to Toledo

    For me, there is nothing really special about the city itself. However, I was really happy that I went to Toledo, a small city near Madrid. Only one hour from Madrid city centre.

    Insider Tip:Just for going around the city. No need to buy unlimited travel tickets. Most places can be reached by walking.

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