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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 October-December
Cheapest time to visit June-August
Local currency € 1 = $1.13
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $122 per night
Average weekday price $149 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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If you like museums, you would love Madrid.

March 19, 2019

If you like museums, you would love Madrid. Besides visiting the big three art museums (Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen Bornemisza) don't miss the national museum of archeology. The Sorolla museum is also wonderful.

Paul United States of America

Madrid has focused the city development to accommodate...

March 19, 2019

Madrid has focused the city development to accommodate pedestrians. There are many plazas/squares, wide sidewalks and pedestrian streets. Plenty of attractions from palaces, churches, art museums, parks. Everything in the city center/old town is easily walkable.

Kathleen United States of America

Amazing city, but I did get a little bit more...

March 19, 2019

Amazing city, but I did get a little bit more attitude/indifference for being a tourist here than I did in other countries I've been to, despite working hard to blend in and my speaking intermediate Spanish. Buen Retiro, Prado, theatre district, and just exploring the barrios...too many great places to list. Plenty of places to eat at all hours of the day/night but the food is quite unhealthy - mostly jamon y queso, so I had to buy veggies and fruit from the market to eat at home. Fortunately, commodities are quite affordable if not cheap (compared to EEUU). Getting around Madrid is easy, the public transport is super efficient and navigable and I suggest it over taxi/Uber - you will save a ton of money. Overall it was a great experience.

Anonymous United States of America

I love Madrid!

March 18, 2019

I love Madrid!! I a saving to buy a condo somewhere in Spain, and it's a toss up between Madrid and Palma Mallorca!!! Madrid is as lively as New York, full of different culture and different types of food. I love the cleanliness of the subway (a bit different from NY) no disrespect NY! I love the many cafe and the bite of food serve in the bars. One Love Madrid1

Anonymous United States of America

Прекрасно, что в Мадридских музеях есть время для...

March 18, 2019

Прекрасно, что в Мадридских музеях есть время для бесплатного посещения !!! В Прадо появились буклеты на русском языке !! жаль,что только там.

Nataliia Russia

Beautiful and historic city, there’s a lot to see and most...

March 17, 2019

Beautiful and historic city, there’s a lot to see and most of it is very walkable. My wife and I felt safe day or night, and the food and drink prices at restaurants and tapas bars is extremely reasonable. The art museums are excellent, and don’t miss Parque de el Retiro, a world class urban park.

Will United States of America

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