Madrid Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Madrid

Spain's capital is an extraordinary city. Culturally dynamic, bursting with creativity and exuberance, it's a haven for clubbers, music fans, and art lovers. But it also has much to offer more relaxed vacationers.

From the endless masterpieces of the Museo del Prado to the shops of Gran Vía, Madrid is a city to explore at your own pace, and it's a city that visitors won't forget.

Sports fans can roar with the massive crowds at Real Madrid matches, while couples can walk arm in arm past the crystal palace and fountains in Buen Retiro Park. History lovers can learn about the Spanish Empire at the Royal Palace of Madrid, while everyone can tuck into patatas bravas, bowls of cocido Madrileño, and slices of satisfying Spanish omelette.

In short, if you want a city with fine food, great nightlife, museums, galleries, and a superb transportation network, Madrid is the destination to pick.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Madrid

What to do in Madrid

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Parque del Retiro
Palacio Real de Madrid
Top activities in Madrid

When to Visit Madrid

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Weather-wise, Madrid starts heating up around April and stays warm (and often scorching hot) until October. The best sightseeing conditions are in May and early June or September. However, even high summer is pleasant in Madrid as humidity levels tend to be low. Then again, the summer crowds make spring or fall an ideal time to visit.

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How to Get to Madrid

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Where to Stay in Madrid

Madrid has a vast array of accommodation options, from palatial hotels to humble hostels. Luxury options include the Wellington, the Hotel Ritz, and the InterContinental, all of which are first-rate conventional hotels. Smaller, more intimate options include the Urso in upscale Alonso Martínez, which includes a spa, and Chueca's Only You Hotel, which includes a lavish lobby by Catalan designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán.

Popular Neighborhoods in Madrid

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Where to stay in popular areas of Madrid

Most booked hotels in Madrid

How to Get Around Madrid

The Cost of Living in Madrid

Shopping Streets

Madrid is a fantastic place for shoppers. If you are looking for upscale apparel stores, check out the streets around Gran Via. The Calle de Preciados is probably the busiest street, hosting stores like H&M, Pimkie, and Zara. The Calle Serrano in Salamanca is more upmarket still, with Gucci and Hermes stores (among many others).

Groceries and Other

Finding places to buy groceries in Madrid is never a problem. Aside from large food markets like the San Miguel Market, you'll find supermarkets like Carrefour, Dia, and Mercadona in most neighborhoods. Prices generally aren't high. Expect to pay about EUR3 for a gallon of milk or EUR1.60 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in Madrid

Madrid is a wonderful gastronomic destination, so diners are spoiled for choice. If you want great tapas, try restaurants on Calle Bava Baja like Casa Lucas. There are Andalucian delights available at Sanlucar, gourmet creations from Catalan chef Ramón Freixa at the Hotel Único, and succulent roast meat dishes at Botin, which claims to be the world's oldest restaurant. Prices vary depending on where you eat, but you can dine very well for under EUR25.

Most popular restaurants in Madrid

Poncelet Cheese Bar
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Sagardi Castellana
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Golfo De Bizkaia Madrid
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Lima Limón
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Ramon Freixa Madrid
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