Madrid Spain, Community of Madrid

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  • Museums (8514)
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  • Culture (7067)
  • Food (3928)
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  • Architecture (2557)
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Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Madrid start with?

John
John, United States of America

20 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

25 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

5 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?

Georgios
Georgios, Greece

20 days ago Report

Undoubtedly "El Prado" has a great collection of pieces of art. In the museum "La Reina Sofia" I was overwhelmed as I stood in front of the "Guernica", Picasso's great piece of art. I was as if I felt the pain in that painting intruding me.

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

Michael
Michael, United Kingdom

9 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.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

5 hours 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.

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

Dilyana
Dilyana, Netherlands

24 days ago Report

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

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

11 days ago Report

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

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

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

Deborah
Deborah, Australia

8 days ago Report

The market for me and food made history come to life .. San Miguel market is one and teaches you culture art and there diverse changes in history so well. A live in the moment history lesson

Why do people recommend Madrid for the parks?

Kristina
Kristina, Canada

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

Leona
Leona, Austria

27 days ago Report

BEWARE OF THIEVES! If you are going out in the evening, leave EVERYTHING you don't absolutely need in your hotel!

What did you enjoy most about bar hopping in Madrid?

Deborah
Deborah, Australia

8 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 makes the people from Madrid so friendly? Tell us your story.

Dobo
Dobo, United Kingdom

24 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.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Madrid has to offer?

Deborah
Deborah, Australia

8 days ago Report

Take your time don't rush .. Move around and try it all over the day.

Why do people say Madrid can be seen best by foot?

Jayne
Jayne, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

Weather ideal for wandering around, plenty of places to stop, lovely parks & green spaces, walking is the best way to see this city.

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

Anonymous, Unknown location

29 days ago Report

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

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Madrid.

Marcella
Marcella, Ireland

21 days ago Report

Madrid is full of cafe's and restaurants on every corner where you can sit and relax in the sun or shade with a coffee or sangaria for a few hours

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

Suelin
Suelin, Grenada

12 days ago Report

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

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