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Madrid

Madrid is the financial and cultural hub for Spain, and much of Southern Europe. There is a huge amount to see and do there, as well as excellent nightlife in terms of bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment. As the area has been inhabited since Roman times, there are also plenty of historical sites to explore and enjoy. At the other extreme, you can also visit the Bernabéu stadium, home of Spanish football giant Real Madrid. This is usually popular with the younger members of the family, and many of the older ones! For art lovers you are torn between the Prado Museum, with works from the 12th to 19th Centuries including Goya, Velasquez and Rubens, or you can go to the Reina Sofia Museum for art from the 20th... more

Madrid is the financial and cultural hub for Spain, and much of Southern Europe. There is a huge amount to see and do there, as well as excellent nightlife in terms of bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment. As the area has been inhabited since Roman times, there are also plenty of historical sites to explore and enjoy. At the other extreme, you can also visit the Bernabéu stadium, home of Spanish football giant Real Madrid. This is usually popular with the younger members of the family, and many of the older ones! For art lovers you are torn between the Prado Museum, with works from the 12th to 19th Centuries including Goya, Velasquez and Rubens, or you can go to the Reina Sofia Museum for art from the 20th Century and beyond. The Reina Sofia houses Picasso's most famous painting Guernica, as well as key works by artists such as Salvador Dali - it gets incredibly busy but is a crucial place to visit!

While Madrid is a huge city, and it is easily possible to spend a whole holiday exploring, there is also a lot to see outside the city itself. Suggested excursions include Toledo, former capital of the country and a medieval city full of charm, and Segovia with its extraordinary castle which was used as inspiration for Walt Disney's iconic castle logo.

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Prado National Museum
Prado National Museum
The Prado has one of the largest art collections in the world, and is best known for its diverse assortment of works by Velasquez, Goya and El Greco.
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
Attraction type: Parks; Architectural Buildings; Bodies of Water; Gardens
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza)
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza)
Owner description: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers visitors an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. In the nearly one thousand works on display, visitors can... more Owner description: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers visitors an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. In the nearly one thousand works on display, visitors can contemplate the major periods and pictorial schools of western art such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries up to Pop Art. The museum also features works from some movements not represented in state-owned collections, such as Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism and the experimental avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. In addition, it boasts an important collection of 19th-century American painting not found in any other European museum institutions. less
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Royal Palace of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid
Luxurious, over-the-top rococo palace with over 2,000 opulently gilded rooms.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Art Museums
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Sorolla Museum
Sorolla Museum
A small, lesser-known museum with an excellent collection of Spanish post-impressionist and early 20th-century art.
Attraction type: Art Museums; Historic Sites; History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Everest Tandoori Nepali-Indian Restaurant
Everest Tandoori Nepali-Indian Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 9,351 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Nepalese
Good for: Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
DSTAGE
DSTAGE
Ranked #2 of 9,351 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: International, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tacos & Tapas
Tacos & Tapas
Ranked #3 of 9,351 Restaurants in Madrid
Price: USD 33 - USD 55
Cuisines: Mexican, Central American
Good for: Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Alright
Alright
Ranked #4 of 9,351 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: American, International, Gluten Free
Good for: Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Moratin Vinoteca Bistrot
Moratin Vinoteca Bistrot
Ranked #5 of 9,351 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, International
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Axor Barajas Hotel
4.0 of 5
Axor Barajas Hotel
USD 23 - USD 147
Ranked #74 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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Hotel Acta Madfor
3.0 of 5
Hotel Acta Madfor
USD 20 - USD 208
Ranked #76 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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Hostal Las Fuentes
2.0 of 5
Hostal Las Fuentes
USD 42 - USD 112
Ranked #79 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Artiem Madrid
4.0 of 5
Artiem Madrid
USD 50 - USD 128 (EUR 46 - EUR 117)
Ranked #2 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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Hotel Sidorme Fuencarral 52
3.0 of 5
Hotel Sidorme Fuencarral 52
USD 80 - USD 157
Ranked #4 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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Artrip Hotel
2.0 of 5
Artrip Hotel
USD 90 - USD 189 (EUR 82 - EUR 172)
Ranked #5 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Orfila
5.0 of 5
Hotel Orfila
USD 231 - USD 459 (EUR 210 - EUR 418)
Ranked #1 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid
4.0 of 5
Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid
USD 150 - USD 295 (EUR 137 - EUR 269)
Ranked #3 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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Hotel Unico Madrid
5.0 of 5
Hotel Unico Madrid
USD 211 - USD 469 (EUR 192 - EUR 427)
Ranked #7 of 448 Hotels in Madrid
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