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Best of Madrid Guide

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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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All things to do » Things to do

Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro)
Peaceful urban park centered around a beautiful lake.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Gardens; Parks; Bodies of Water
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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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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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Stadio Santiago Bernabeu
Stadio Santiago Bernabeu
Attraction type: Arenas & Stadiums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Cebo
Cebo
Ranked #1 of 11,561 Restaurants in Madrid
Price: USD 83 - USD 142
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Contemporary
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Los Montes de Galicia
Los Montes de Galicia
Ranked #2 of 11,561 Restaurants in Madrid
Price: USD 47 - USD 83
Cuisines: International, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Drinks, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
DSTAGE
DSTAGE
Ranked #3 of 11,561 Restaurants in Madrid
Cuisines: International, European, Spanish, Contemporary
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Burnout
Burnout
Ranked #4 of 11,561 Restaurants in Madrid
Price: USD 9 - USD 14
Cuisines: American, International, Healthy
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Toga
Toga
Ranked #5 of 11,561 Restaurants in Madrid
Price: USD 7 - USD 22
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Mayerling Hotel
2.0 of 5
Mayerling Hotel
USD 51 - USD 232
Ranked #48 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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Hostal Main Street Madrid
3.0 of 5
Hostal Main Street Madrid
USD 59 - USD 139
Ranked #63 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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Hostal Las Fuentes
2.0 of 5
Hostal Las Fuentes
USD 53 - USD 172
Ranked #88 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Artiem Madrid
4.0 of 5
Artiem Madrid
USD 84 - USD 171 (EUR 71 - EUR 145)
Ranked #2 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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Artrip Hotel
2.0 of 5
Artrip Hotel
USD 90 - USD 219 (EUR 76 - EUR 185)
Ranked #5 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabatini
3.0 of 5
ApartoSuites Jardines de Sabatini
USD 91 - USD 317
Ranked #7 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Orfila
5.0 of 5
Hotel Orfila
USD 255 - USD 654 (EUR 216 - EUR 554)
Ranked #1 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid
4.0 of 5
Only YOU Boutique Hotel Madrid
USD 183 - USD 354 (EUR 155 - EUR 300)
Ranked #3 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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Gran Melia Palacio de Los Duques
5.0 of 5
Gran Melia Palacio de Los Duques
USD 274 - USD 593 (EUR 232 - EUR 502)
Ranked #4 of 440 Hotels in Madrid
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