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Madrid's culture is one that seems to emphasize living and leisure over hard work, yet its history has seen it produce some of Europe's most awe-inspiring artworks and buildings. Here are just a few of the best places to visit in Spain's capital!

Plaza de España

The metro station of the same name takes you to the Plaza de España, where a huge statue of Miguel de Cervantes presides over those of his characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Soccer fans can tour the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, walk the pitch, visit the dressing rooms, and marvel at the club's huge trophy cabinet!

Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art boasts one of the foremost collections of 20th and 21st-century Spanish art, with highlights including Picasso's Guernica.

Museo del Prado

If traditional art is more your thing, the Museo del Prado exhibits the world's most extensive collection of Spanish art from the 12th to 19th centuries.

Palacio Real

Madrid's most famous landmark Palacio Real is one of Europe's most spectacular palaces, built from Spanish marble and surrounded by beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens!

Plaza Mayor

Once the place to see bullfights and carnivals, you can find some of Madrid's best restaurants where the historic market square Plaza Mayor meets the "Austrias" neighborhood.

Gran Vía

This energetic and extravagant shopping street is also the pulse of Madrid's nightlife, hence its nickname: "The Spanish Broadway!"

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Completing Madrid's "Golden Triangle of Art," along with the Reina Sofia and Prado museums, the collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is owned by a former Miss Spain and is perhaps the most eclectic of the lot.

Photo: jacinta lluch valero @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Another key player on Madrid's art scene, this gallery's rooftop terrace offers stunning panoramas of the whole city! It's the best view of Madrid by quite a margin.

Parque del Buen Retiro

Of Madrid's many green corners, Retiro Park's statues, fountains, and floral features offer the city's most scenic respite for joggers, picnickers, boaters, and you!

Planning Your Madrid Visit

Best time to visit?

Summer is peak season despite the intolerable heat that drives even the natives to close up shop and head to a cooler climate! It's better to go in spring or fall, although if it takes more than a mild winter to put you off, hotels are considerably cheaper in winter!

How many days?

Madrid has enough life in it to enjoy a week there. If that turns out to be a little too long for you, the city is also well positioned for day-trip opportunities. For instance, consider visiting historic Toledo or Segovia, if not the Ribera del Duero wine region for a tasting or two!

How to get from the airport to the city?

Barajas International Airport is one of the world's largest, which means it's busy but pleasantly well connected! Taxis are available but the Renfe train is the cheapest and quickest option, however, at rush hour it might be less stressful to get the airport express bus. There is also the Metro, although this isn't advisable when carrying plenty of luggage.

How to get around?

Buses and the Metro are reliable, well connected, and cheap. Visitors might find it easier to purchase a Madrid Tourist Travel Pass, valid on all trains and buses for 1, 3, 5, or 7 days. Taxis are also very affordable compared to most European cities, and well regulated, too.

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  • Best time to visit
    Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists

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What People Are Saying About Madrid

I would really recommend this tour to all my friends.

Alfonso, our guide and his assist were great guides and very thorough in English..speaks very clearly and we understood very well what he was saying. Has very good sense of humor. Will come back to amigo tour and request for him in my next tour.
Toledo & Segovia Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Benny, 10/22/2016

Good introducton to Spanish food and drinks. Er lover it

Various food and drinks. Spain in a nutshell! We enjoyed it. It was followed by a lot of "homework" er really appreciated. This tour we recommend.
Madrid 3-Hour Tapas Adventure with Wine and Tastings Reviewed by Jan Rudolf, 10/20/2016

It's a great way to spend an afternoon in Madrid.

It's a great way to learn about Madrid without spending for anything. You could also make friends in the duration of the trip. I didn't know what to do on my first day in the city, and then I saw the tour. Before the tour, though, I was already walking around. I almost skipped the tour thinking I've seen the whole city by myself. I'm glad I didn't, because the tour put context to what I was seeing earlier that day. If you like the tour don't forget to tip the guides! They don't earn anything from the tour
Skip the Line: New Madrid Free Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/16/2016

Excellent tour once we got the right bus!

We got the wrong instructions from the Neptune kiosk as to where to get the bus, but we got a taxi at the company's expense (Thanks!). Our walking tour guide was wonderful. She was a history teacher who knew her stuff. Beautiful and enlightening day!
From Madrid: Full-Day Segovia Walking Tour Reviewed by Jack, 10/14/2016

Very nice day trip and good customer service

My friend and I missed our 830 am departure. We emailed the company and they allowed us to go on the 1130 am tour instead. Great customer service. The tour was great. Would highly recommend it and your company to anyone. Thanks.
Toledo Full-Day Tour from Madrid Reviewed by Stacey, 10/10/2016

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