Top things to do in Madrid

Attractions, tours, and activities in Madrid

Recommended museums in Madrid

Where to find art and culture in Madrid

Madrid: the city's best neighborhoods

Find a great area to stay in Madrid

About Madrid

Including tips for the best time to visit Madrid

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.


From $34 per night

This weekend

From $210 per night

Next weekend

From $314 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.05
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $123 per night
Average weekday price $131 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Points of interest in Madrid

Stay near the top sightseeing spots in Madrid

Latest articles featuring Madrid

Inspiration and insider tips for things to do in Madrid

14 culinary treats to enjoy in Madrid

From tapas to calamari, feast upon Iberian cuisine that’s as lively as the city itself.

madrid food tapas

Top 10 hotels with the best WiFi in Madrid

Whether you’re instagramming the Puerta del Sol or an amazing calamari sandwich.

madrid wifi technology

Where to stay near Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

4 stylish self-catering apartments around Madrid’s grandest square.

madrid sightseeing

Where to stay near Madrid's Puerta del Sol

5 homely apartments around Madrid’s historic square.

madrid city-trips city-walks

Where to stay near Madrid's Gran Vía

4 homely apartments within walking distance of one of Madrid’s busiest streets.

madrid shopping nightlife

Madrid reviews

What other travelers say about Madrid


Clean streets, felt safe walking around, beautiful...

June 26, 2022

Clean streets, felt safe walking around, beautiful architecture and parks, love the long summer nights and being in a city full of late risers/night people (sunset was at like 10pm at the end of June and when we were on the streets again at 6am to go to the airport - many looked like they had not gone to bed yet and were exploring the streets).

Ellen United States of America

Best part is the nightlife and restaurants, so many...

June 25, 2022

Best part is the nightlife and restaurants, so many neighborhoods to pick from, a lot of greenery and parks. Gran Via area is a bit of a concrete jungle and many things are in renovation right now (June 2022) like Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Puerta del Sol square but the rest great. Try some traditional local food like Botín, Casa Ciriaco, and wine places like Casa Gonzalez. Neighbourhoods like Callao, La Latina for bars.

Katrin Spain

I love Madrid.

June 24, 2022

I love Madrid. It is like Manhattan but people are incomparably friendly. The area is relatively clean. Taxi service is excellent. You tell the driver where you will be going and there is already a set fee to pay. no haggling needed. we did not use Hop on Hop of. Rather, we used the Madrid City Tour because it is better. Prado Museum and the Plaza Mayor are places not to miss. Shop at El Cortes Ingles Mall and eat on the 6th floor before sunset. Window view is spectacular.

A. Carbonel
A. Carbonel United States of America

A beautiful and largely underrated city.

June 24, 2022

A beautiful and largely underrated city. Madrid is lively, friendly and pulsating with energy. It has some of Europe's best museums, and it is more affordable than other major European cities. It has great history, impressive architecture, fantastic parks and great markets to sample Spain's rich culinary diversity. It is perfectly suitable for walks about town to explore the city's different neighbourhoods and day trips to surrounding historical places like Segovia, Toledo and El Escorial. A perfect place to explore culture, history, grand parks and plazas and sip beer and coffee and enjoy tapas while you are at it. One of my favourite cities.


Beautiful city with many attractions for tourists.

June 23, 2022

Beautiful city with many attractions for tourists. Great place for tapas with so many restaurants and tabernas to choose from. Very clean city and felt very safe. Not hassled by people to get you to spend your money.

Anthony United Kingdom

I've been to 21 countries, most of the European capitals...

June 21, 2022

I've been to 21 countries, most of the European capitals, and Madrid is the most magical and romantic city I have visited yet. I was there for 8 days, just enough time to see all of the major attractions, but 2 weeks would have been better. I can't speak highly enough of the city. Just be aware: LOTS of tourists and really quite hot during the summer months.

Brian United States of America

Popular places to stay in Madrid

Stay in some of the best accommodations Madrid has to offer

Other attractions and activities in Madrid

More things to do and see in Madrid