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Madrid Spain, Community of Madrid

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  • Museums (9577)
  • Shopping (8343)
  • Culture (8133)
  • Food (4623)
  • Nightlife (3484)
  • Tapas (3226)
  • Monuments (3072)
  • Architecture (3011)
  • Gourmet Food (2549)
  • City Trip (2542)

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

John
John, United States of America

24 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

28 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

9 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.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

3 days ago Report

A good place for breakfast is Miau on Plaza de Santa Ana, 5 mins walk from Hostal Lisboa. Coffee and a croissant for 2.50 euros.

Get to Galleries soon after they open to avoid the queues.

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

Machtelt
Machtelt, Netherlands

26 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.

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

Michael
Michael, United Kingdom

12 days ago Report

Try and converse in Spanish. Do a bit of research and avoid all the so called touristy places and visit the local Barrios (local neighbourhoods). Use the local transport and where possible walk (Central Madrid is quite compact). Just enjoy the experience and don,t have any pre-conceptions.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

14 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

20 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.

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

Dilyana
Dilyana, Netherlands

28 days ago Report

Fairly priced and really cute designs. Perfect place to shop if you have a shopping addiction (like me :) )

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

14 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.

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

Peter
Peter, United Kingdom

20 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.

Why do people recommend Madrid for the parks?

Kristina
Kristina, Canada

7 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.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

14 days ago Report

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

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in Madrid?

Deborah
Deborah, Australia

11 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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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Madrid has to offer?

Anonymous, Unknown location

5 days ago Report

Go and explore, don't base opinions on what the bar or restaurant looks like from the outside!
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What makes the people from Madrid so friendly? Tell us your story.

Dobo
Dobo, United Kingdom

28 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.

Which foodie haven did you discover on your recent trip to Madrid?

Pippa
Pippa, United Kingdom

18 days ago Report

Mercado San Miguel

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

2 days ago Report

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

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

Suelin
Suelin, Grenada

16 days ago Report

What I've seen, I've loved. More to see on next visit.

What was the most entertaining thing you saw in Madrid?

Ruzica
Ruzica, Serbia

1 day ago Report

2 round sight-seeing tours (2 days for only 25 Euro per person)

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