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Spain’s largest city and capital, Madrid holds a cultural and artistic heritage like no other. Countless cathedrals, palaces, and medieval architecture decorate this stunning city, dazzling buildings sitting casually alongside the city’s boutiques, bars and eateries. An art-lovers treasure trove, use your time in the capital to brush up on your creative history at the El Prado museum, or pop down to the Reina Sofia and take in the magnificent Guernica, Picasso’s most famous painting. After that, tour the Bernabéu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid Football Club, or try your hand at some authentic flamenco dancing. Famed the world over, Madrid’s nightlife scene is not to be sniffed at either. With an abundance of things to see and do, there’s never a dull moment in Madrid.

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Things to do in Madrid

  • Our tips for Madrid

    Our tips for Madrid
    • Party in the park. One of Madrid’s largest public parks, the Parque El Retiro boasts glorious monuments, sculptures, rose gardens and even a crystal palace! If scenery’s not your thing, the park also hosts regular puppet shows, street performances, book fairs, yoga sessions and boat rides.
    • Have a meal deal. Look out for restaurants offering a ‘menu of the day’ (Menú del Dia). This set lunch is great value and usually consists of two tasty courses.
    • Discover Egypt. Built in 200BC, and donated to Spain by Egypt in 1968, the Temple of Debod now calls Madrid home. Visit the temple at sunset for an enchanting end to the day.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Peak tourist season in Madrid is during the European summer. For a calmer time of year both temperature and tourist-wise, we recommend visiting during the spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November) months. Visiting during off-peak times means you’ll enjoy cheaper travel and accommodation deals too.
    Getting Around Navigating Spain’s largest city can be a challenge. Here’s our travel breakdown of the best ways to navigate the city.
    • Madrid is home to the second largest metro network in Europe and can be tricky to pick up. Grab a free map at any of the service stations or consult a service assistant to get accustomed to the various transport options.
    • Travel passes grant unlimited access to both subway and bus systems and can be purchased for either 1, 2, 3 or 5 days or for an entire week. Passes are reasonably priced and available to buy at any metro station or newsstand.
    Stay Safe Madrid is a relatively safe city, although it’s always important to apply caution when travelling. Keep these tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
    • Courtesy of Madrid’s epic nightlife scene, there are usually many people throughout the city in the evening. Be sure to only walk in well-lit, populated areas late at night.
    • Stay aware of your surroundings and make sure your belongings are safe and secure.
    • In any emergency, dial 112.