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Madrid Spain, Community of Madrid

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  • Museums (11226)
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  • Culture (9242)
  • Food (5651)
  • Nightlife (4201)
  • Tapas (3850)
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Madrid was highly rated for food by 496 guests from the United States!

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Madrid start with?

John
John, United States of America

19 days ago Report

Thyssen museum is in a class of it's own. The unique chronological ordering of art makes innovators stand out amongst there peers. Oh yeah Reina Sofia and Pardo is nothing to sneeze at either. Amazing collection of art in this city!

Why do you recommend Madrid for food?

Francisco
Francisco, Philippines

24 days ago Report

Good markets like Mercado San Miguel, Mercado San Anton and Mercado de la Paz. Great outlets like Gourmet Experience at El Corte Ingles. Excellent restaurants and bars. And the prices are reasonable compared to major cities all over the world. Everything is accesible by public transportation or even by foot.

How can you enjoy the sights in Madrid while avoiding the crowds?

Lesley
Lesley, Spain

4 days ago Report

Visit the main attractions early in the morning except: if you visit the Palace and the Prado museum, you can enter for free from 6 pm (Mon-Fri) but you need to be in the queue by say 5 latest. Don´t miss the free walking tours that leave from Puerto del Sol at about 11 am. The Naval Museum was superb value. Although I only went to keep my husband company, I found it extremely interesting and a very enjoyable visit for only 3 euros entrance- bargain.

What did you discover about the museums in Madrid that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Machtelt
Machtelt, Netherlands

21 days ago Report

Museo de Sorrolla near the plaza de la Olavide, monasterio de las descalzas reales is a real hidden gem in the middle of Madrid, the park Madridrio and a little bit further at the north east side near the station principe pio the tiny chapels decorated by Goya.

Is there more to shopping in Madrid than just brand-name stores?

Claudia
Claudia, Japan

28 days ago Report

Mimoki (Hermosilla 26) is a super cool store with fascinators to make you the perfect wedding guest. Featuring up and coming Spanish designers, like Pablo de La Torre, is a clear favourite among the Spanish fashionistas. The patio where the store is located is a really charming space, worth a visit.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Madrid?

David
David, United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

Don't expect to eat in any independant eatery at tea time (they shut at 4pm open again after eight!!)
For cheap lager and free tapas, huge plates of it, the youngsters have sussed out Tiger bar.
For American, English and other breakfasts the café on the corner of Calle Dr Cortez was great, but their huge dunking donut things and a thick chocolate to dip it in are a more authentic Madrid breakfast, and only 2.5 euros!!!.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Madrid.

David
David, United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

Shops specialise in what they sell, rather than try to compete and sell everything.
It gives you the best options and staff who really know their game.

And if your luggage allowance can take it the Rastro area turns into a huge and fabulous boot sale on Sunday mornings...other peoples (spanish) junk is irresistible?!

What's the best way to make the most of Madrid by foot?

Anonymous, Unknown location

9 days ago Report

Take the hop-on-hop-off bus, ticket for 2 days (second day is much cheper). First, take the whole round trip to feel the city and get the tourists' information (better you bring with you good earphones for that). Don't start at Sol station because it's too crowded. Then go on with the bus to your point of interest. Hop off, take a walk, then get back to the bus and take the next one. This way you manage to get many short walks in your preferred areas. You may ask your hotel's reception for recommendations as well. They all have a very convenient small maps for free. Use them.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Anonymous, Unknown location

9 days ago Report

Don't go to any of the "eat as much as you can". It was the only tourist trap we encountered. North to Plaza Mayor street you'll find very good and fancy restaurants. South to this street you will find great othentic Spanish and south American restaurants and a little bit further you'll find real othentic and very good chinese restaurants.

What is it in Madrid that makes history come to life?

Peter
Peter, United Kingdom

15 days ago Report

Madrid, like quite a few other European cities, is an old world city. The Spanish empire was at its greatest from around the end of the 15th century until the end of the 19th century. During this period Spain was one of the richest countries in the world. This history, and the wealth that this period brought to Spain, can be seen in Madrid from the Royal Palace to the beguiling Plaza Mayor.

What makes Madrid one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Anonymous, Unknown location

9 days ago Report

Vast veriety of ancient and modern sites, design styles, buildings' architecture, monuments, squares, street shows, museums and much more.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Madrid?

Peter
Peter, United Kingdom

15 days ago Report

Madrid is one of the best cities on earth for a night out. Whether you're looking for hard core dance clubs that stay open until the sun comes up, or Jazz clubs playing classic old swing, Madrid has got it all. Certain areas of the city are known for different music scenes, so making sure that the area that you have chosen caters to your taste, and your budget, yes Salamanca, I do mean you!, will help when it comes to going out.

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Madrid?

Sheena
Sheena, United Kingdom

13 days ago Report

The entertainment at the Plaza Mayor and surrounds (individual entertainers) were incredible. Waking up to music at the Plaza - violins, guitar, accordion. Excellent. The flea market was an experience, Calle Cava Baja for the tapas bars and cocktail bars was excellent, the Grad Via for shopping, Mercado de San Miguel for sampling the extraordinary cuisine...

Why do people recommend Madrid for the parks?

Kristina
Kristina, Canada

2 days ago Report

There is a huge park (Retiro Park) within the city that is really nice to walk through. Many locals jog and workout in the park. There are things to see in the park such as the Crystal Palace (giant greenhouse), fountains, a lake that people take small boats into, food venues and monuments.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Madrid has to offer?

Sheena
Sheena, United Kingdom

13 days ago Report

Go to Mercado de San Marino, located just off Plaza Mayor. You'll need to go there a couple of times unless you have a massive appetite! Try sampling desserts from any of the many local cafes and try the tapas bars.

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in Madrid?

Deborah
Deborah, Australia

7 days ago Report

Everyone bar hops or tapas hops - different bars have different speciality and so makes it so tasty and exciting to keep changing.
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Was it cheap, fast, or easy to use? What made it so simple to get around in Madrid?

Eric
Eric, Canada

13 days ago Report

There's an information desk at the airport Metro station where they can help you decide if you'd benefit from a multi-day tourist pass. There are automatic ticket vending machines in the Metro stations that make it easy to buy the right fare (once you know where you're going!).
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What makes the people from Madrid so friendly? Tell us your story.

Dobo
Dobo, United Kingdom

23 days ago Report

I think Spanish people in general are very friendly and do not discriminate in any form or fashion , they take you as they find you which generates a certain amount of warmth which you feel and makes you feel at home.

Tell us what you really thought about the art in Madrid?

Neva
Neva, Australia

9 days ago Report

It's an interesting town, far more ordered and clean than I expected. The museums and galleries are first class. The downside is the crowds in the streets. I felt like a fish swimming upstream. And I couldn't get into a restaurant for lunch for 3 days and ate at the hotel for dinner. The queues were epic. A day trip to El Escorial was an antidote to the bustle of Madrid.

Is Madrid the place to have a meal to remember? Tell us why.

Anonymous, Unknown location

27 days ago Report

Sure! because food from wholke Spain meets in Madrid to make you feel Spain gastronomy as never felt

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