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Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a fantastic travel destination that combines rich history with modern charm.

It’s a place where you can experience the lively Spanish culture, taste delicious food, and immerse yourself in a bustling atmosphere. The streets are always buzzing with activity, from bustling markets to lively festivals.

You’ll find friendly locals who are passionate about their city and eager to share its traditions with visitors. Whether you’re strolling through charming neighborhoods or enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife, Madrid offers a memorable and lively experience that will leave you with wonderful memories.

Where is Madrid?

Madrid is located in the center of Spain, in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula.

It is within easy reach of:

Portugal (± 1 h 15 min flight)

Andorra (± 1 h 30 min flight)

Seville (± 1 h 10 min flight)

Alicante (± 1 h 10 min flight)

International Airport

Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), commonly known as Madrid–Barajas Airport, is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain.

Is it a beautiful city to go to on vacation?

Yes, Madrid is indeed a beautiful city to visit on vacation. While its beauty may not be characterized by picturesque landscapes like some other destinations, Madrid has its own unique charm. The city is known for its elegant architecture, grand boulevards, and well-maintained parks and gardens. The historic buildings, such as the Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor, showcase stunning architectural styles. Moreover, Madrid’s vibrant atmosphere, bustling markets, and lively street life add to its overall appeal.

Where to stay:

Madrid has a big selection of very beautiful places to stay.  Our favorite places, all have something unique about them.  Something special…

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Luxury Stays

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Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá - The Leading Hotels of the World

Palacio de los Duques Gran Meliá – The Leading Hotels of the World is located 300 metres from Madrid’s Royal Palace, the Royal Theatre and the Cathedral. It features a seasonal rooftop pool and a terrace with panoramic city views.  Search and book your stay…

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VP Plaza España Design

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast, or have a meal at Botania, the Mediterranean restaurant located on-site. Guests can also relax after work at the Ginkgo Sky Bar, enjoying the stunning view of Madrid City.  Search and book your stay…

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Vincci Capitol

Search and Book your stay at Vincci Capitol in the middle of city life.

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The Social Hub

Stay in a young unique and unusual place – Search and Book your stay at the Social Hub 4 Star in Madrid.

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Oriente Palace Apartments

Set in Madrid City Centre, just a 1-minute walk from the Royal Palace and 400 metres from Plaza Mayor Square, Oriente Palace also offers apartments.  Search and book now…

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What you need to know before you go:

Feeling welcomed

Madrid is home to beautiful parks, like Retiro Park, where you can relax and enjoy nature.  Furthermore, the warm and welcoming locals will make you feel at home, and the city’s lively energy will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Art and culture

Additionally, the city is brimming with art and culture, with world-class museums and galleries showcasing masterpieces.

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City Life and Food

If you’re a food lover, Madrid offers a gastronomic paradise with its delicious tapas, paella, and churros. The city is also known for its vibrant nightlife, where you can dance the night away at lively clubs and bars.

Is it easy to get around the city?

As Madrid is a huge city, you can expect all the usual advantages of having taxis, busses, trains, etc at the tip of your fingertips, so it is easy to get around.  

Travel Tip(s)

One interesting aspect of Madrid’s transport system is the use of the “abono” card. This is a reloadable card that allows you to travel seamlessly across different modes of transportation, such as the metro, buses, and trains, within the city. It offers convenience and cost savings if you plan to use public transport frequently during your stay.

Because the abono transporte is a monthly transportation pass you can buy one any day of the month. This card is rechargeable every 30 days and you are able to use it on the metro, commuter train (Cercanías), or bus.

Travel Tip(s)

You CAN stretch your travel budget while getting the most out of your holiday. Between your city passes, your travel and rail passes, and hop-on-hop-off buses you will save and see plenty more.

Things to do and see in Madrid

Wander around Retiro Park: Enjoy the tranquility of this expansive park, perfect for a leisurely stroll, boat ride on the lake, or relaxing picnic. Don’t miss the beautiful Crystal Palace and the Monument to Alfonso XII.

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Explore the Royal Palace: Admire the grandeur of the Palacio Real, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Take a guided tour to see its lavish interiors, royal collections, and stunning gardens.  Website…

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The huge Plaza Mayor:  Plaza Mayor is a famous and beautiful square in Madrid. It’s a historic place with stunning buildings all around. People love to gather here, enjoy the atmosphere, and relax. You can find cozy cafes, restaurants, and shops. The square has a big open space in the middle where events and performances take place. It’s a must-visit spot to experience the charm of Madrid.

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Experience Flamenco: Immerse yourself in the passion and energy of traditional Flamenco music and dance. Catch a live Flamenco show in one of the city’s authentic tablaos or cultural centers.

Indulge in Spanish cuisine: Treat your taste buds to delicious Spanish cuisine. Enjoy tapas, paella, churros with chocolate, and local specialties like cocido madrileño (traditional stew) in the city’s vibrant restaurants and markets.


Shop on Gran Vía: Shopaholics will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and numerous shops along Madrid’s famous Gran Vía. Find everything from international brands to local boutiques, and don’t miss the iconic El Corte Inglés department store.

If you love luxury shopping, Gran Vía in Madrid is definitely worth a visit. It is one of the city’s most iconic streets, often referred to as the “Spanish Broadway.”  Although during our visit we did not think of it as a ‘shopping paradise’ we were blown away by the architecture of the buildings on either side of the street.  It is simply beautiful.

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Are there any day trips from Madrid and/or tours worth taking?

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The Puerta de Alcalá is a Neo-classical gate in the Plaza de la Independencia.  Where to find it:  Pl. de la Independencia, s/n, 28001 Madrid, Spain
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Cibeles Fountain:  An 18th century neoclassical fountain depicting the goddess Cybele on a chariot pulled by 2 lions.  Where to find it:  Plaza Cibeles, S/N, 28014 Madrid, Spain

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