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Madrid City Center
Start your adventure at Madrid’s crown jewel, Palacio Real de Madrid, the royal palace and the adjacent Sabatini Gardens. Madrid’s oldest district includes the popular landmarks of Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía and Plaza Cibeles, or the popular area of Lavapies in Embajadores.
Places to stay from $6 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
This historic district can’t be missed. Loop around Retiro Park – once the royal family’s private garden, it’s full of lavish monuments and tree-lined avenues. People-watch on Paseo del Prado boulevard, filled with joggers, street vendors and locals, then spend a few hours exploring El Prado Museum’s important collection of paintings.
Places to stay from $41 a night
1.6 miles from downtown
Serrano and José Ortega y Gasset (in Lista) are great for shopping and are lined with luxury and designer shops. The residential neighborhoods of Recoletos, Lista, Goya and Castellana feature some of Europe’s most expensive real estate, and the area itself is one of Madrid’s most important commercial zones.
Places to stay from $33 a night
1.2 miles from downtown
This small, historic residential district is becoming gentrified as young professionals move to the area. Spread over 6 neighborhoods, it’s a lively district to visit for some local flavor and has a village-like atmosphere. Filled with Modernist, Gothic and neo-Mudejar architecture, its streets are best explored by foot.
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Madrid is all bustling plazas, lively tapa bars, and a rich variety of museums showcasing Spain’s most celebrated artists. The world-famous Prado Museum features the work of Goya and Velázquez. The Prado forms the "golden triangle" with the Reina Sofía Museum—home to Picasso’s "Guernica"—and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, an enormous private collection highlighting a wide array of artistic styles.
Madrid’s medieval architecture holds centuries of history, like the intricate portico arches of Plaza Mayor, as well as the baroque Royal Palace, where state ceremonies are held to this day. And visiting top attractions like these is easy thanks to the city’s efficient and high-speed Metro system.
Spain's sprawling capital is a city that lives and breathes soccer. If you’re a fan, catch a game at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium—home to Real Madrid—and roar with the rest of the crowd as the "Galácticos" take the field.
Madrid’s weather is pleasant year-round, with perfectly comfortable temperatures on either side of summer. Even a winter vacation practically guarantees clear blue skies – making for a beautiful sight when flying into the airport during the day.
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|Most popular time to visit||September-November|
|Cheapest time to visit||May-July|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.18|
|Average weekend price||$117 per night|
|Average weekday price||$127 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Great city with a central sense for the Spanish soul. Doesn't carry many cultures from the south, but it should definitely be a great spot for getting to know the real Spanish history&culture. You can be who you are in the streets and pathways of Madrid, everyone will just smile at you and acknowledge your quirky instincts. You can look at the sunset in Templo de Debod, get lost in Reina Sofia's long corridors, give yourself to the crowd in Plaza Mayor and dive into La Latina to see old neighborhoods of Madrid, explore the world in Lavapies.
I LOVE MADRID. So great I came back a year after I completed my Camino. The Rastro on the week-end is FANTASTIC!! Plaza San Miguel food is EXCELLENT. Good times in Madrid. Also go to Segovia and Toledo MAGNIFICENT Cities!
It's a bohemian city with a lot of good places to eat, where downtown attractions can be easily accessed. Some parts of the centre are somewhat dirty, but it's a great city. Ramon everywhere. If you're into that, make sure you bring back some for your family. A culturally unique spot of Europe in Spain. I walked everywhere.
We traveled freely around the city using various modes of transportation that were not very difficult to use. There are many historical sights to see and lots of great food everywhere. I loved the architectural details of the old buildings. We took a historical/food tour through Airbnb that was really great. Our tour guide, Abel, was so knowledgeable and understanding with our jet-lagged 3 year old. We also enjoyed an evening at Hamman Spa getting rubbed and soaked to our hearts content. Highly recommend this! Unfortunately, we did not get into any museums due to lack of time and then they were closed due to virus outbreak.
Nice people, beautiful architecture and a multitude of modes of transportation. We had some tasty food and good wine, as well. The cathedral near the Royal Palace was beautiful and very worthy of a visit. We rode the hop on hop off bus, which really helps orient you to the city's sights and a good way to get around for a day.
I loved Madrid! The food, the shopping and the museums. Just strolling and seeing the wonderful builds and beautiful avenues was a delight. Everywhere we went they were crews constantly cleaning the plazas and streets.
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