Explore Madrid ∙ visitor guide

Explore Madrid, SpainMadrid, Spain. Photo by Jack Gisel

Explore Madrid: bucket list for the traveler

Madrid is the capital of Spain, its financial and arts center, the city of contrasting styles and different periods of architecture. With a population of 6,8 million, Madrid guests about 7,5 million international tourists annually, making the city one of the most lively and active tourist centers in Europe. 

Things not to miss in Madrid

  • Enjoy the overwhelming masterpieces of the renaissance and baroque era in the Prado, one of the world’s most famous art museums.
  • Wander about the massive walkways and wooded areas of Buen Retiro Park and find the Crystal Palace.
  • Root for Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, an 85.000-seater stadium with panoramic views.
  • Go shopping in El Rastro, Madrid’s largest flea market, to find some unique souvenirs, crafts, and accessories.
  • Feel the rhythm of the classic Spanish flamenco in Corral de la Moreria, one of the world’s oldest flamenco houses.
  • Take a cooking class in Madrid to bring the secrets of Spanish cuisine home with you. 

Eat like a local in Madrid

  • Experience Spanish food culture in Mercado de San Miguel, a traditional Market to taste fresh seafood and cheese.
  • Take a tapas tour of the most popular bars in Madrid, and don’t miss out on La Casa del Abuelo, the birthplace of Spain’s legendary garlic shrimp.
  • For Madrid’s best tortillas and croquetas, visit Bodega La Ardosa and finish the day in the nearby 1862 Dry Bar for cocktails or wine. 
  • Find the dessert in Chocolatería San Ginés and try soft churros with bittersweet dark chocolate sauce.
  • Sip sangria under the Spanish starry Sky in El Viajero rooftop bar and enjoy a perfect view of Madrid.

Where to stay in Madrid 

  • Choose Barceló Emperatriz 5-star hotel located in the Salamanca district to enjoy your stay in Madrid.
  • For a comfortable and affordable stay (100$/per night), book a 4-star Casa du Soleli hotel with an authentic interior and open terrace. 
  • Stylish 3-star Uma House Atocha guest house offers a perfect location, surrounded by restaurants and bars. 
  • If you are on a tight budget but still want to travel in comfort, choose Ok Hostel Madrid, the highest-rated accommodation up to $50 for one night. 
  • Stay in luxury Parador De La Granja’s new Valdesqui Ski Resort to enjoy secluded rest.

Madrid hotels map with prices

Madrid flights list

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