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This great Spanish city is known for its art history and beautiful ancient landmarks.  However, its modern architecture is equally striking, and can be appreciated immediately on arrival at Madrid airport.

At the heart of country, the Spanish capital Madrid is home to around three million inhabitants. From small beginnings, Madrid grew quickly to become an influential empire. From 1561 when Felipe II chose the city as his capital, by the 17th-century a swarm of spectacular churches, palaces, monasteries and squares arose.

The stunning Palacio Real (Royal Palace) typifies Madrid’s 17th-century exuberance. The vast palace was the home of the Royal Family right up until the 1930’s. The main attractions include the painted ceilings of the opulent Dining Room and the lavish Throne Room.

At the core of the city sits Plaza Mayor (main square), a beautiful 17th-century square that has witnessed many of Madrid’s historical political and sporting events. Visitors once came here to enjoy bull fights, theatre and executions. Today its arcades play host too many charming cafes and shops.

For more insight into the Spanish art of bullfighting, visit Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. This magnificent building is one of the most beautiful in the country. There is an adjacent museum (Museo Taurino) where you can learn about the ancient spectacle.

Just along from the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun), is one of Madrid’s more lively neighbourhoods. This former castle gateway entrance bustles with visitors that flock to see a collection of historical landmarks such as the Casa de Correos - a former 18th-century post office and municipal building, the Kilometer Zero – the centre of Spain’s road network, and centrepiece statue of Carlos III.

Contemporary Madrid is best experienced at the Gran Via, the main avenue sweeping across the city’s central zone. Above the many modern hotels, shops and restaurants, sit some architectural wonders such as the 1930’s Art Deco Capitol cinema and Edificio La Estrella.

During your stay you are likely to spot one of Madrid’s tallest skyscrapers, the magnificent office block, Torre Picasso at Plaza Picasso, stretching 43 floors into the sky. Other noteworthy skyscrapers in the surrounding commercial area include the Torre Europa and Banco del Bilbao Tower.

Cultural Madrid is best enjoyed on the Paseo del Prado, home of the city’s best galleries and museums. The Museo del Prado and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza house infamous art collections by Goya and Velazquez.

In the neighbourhood you’ll spot more of Madrid’s spectacular monuments, the Plaza de Cibeles, an impressive Romanesque fountain, the stunning Ritz Hotel and the dominating Banco de Espana.

El Rastro, Madrid’s famous open air flea market is popular with tourists and locals alike. Dating back to the 19th-centruy, here can buy anything from furniture items, antiques, vintage clothing and more. For more upmarket and designer shopping try the Salamanca District. Here you’ll also come across upscale restaurants and style bars.

Where to stay in Madrid

Top hotels in Madrid

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Riu Plaza España
4 out of 5
C/ Gran Via, 84, Madrid
The price is £84 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street and Teatro Coliseum. Royal Palace of Madrid and Lope de Vega Theatre are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"Absolutely loved the bath tub which was as a part of the room ( junior suite), and terrace with beautiful views. Good breakfast. Enjoyed working out at the gym, just wished it was bigger. All staff very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Regina
Hotel Regina
3 out of 5
Alcala 19, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £51 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gran Via Street and Puerta del Sol. Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza Mayor are also within 10 minutes. Sevilla ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,713 reviews)

"I would say this is a boutique hotel smack in the center of Madrid. It has everything you need, it is clean, modern, great breakfast, views, subway right in front, nice restaurant/bar in house. Just great!!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2021

Hotel Regina
Hotel Liabeny
Hotel Liabeny
4 out of 5
Calle de la Salud 3, Madrid
The price is £66 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Puerta del Sol and Gran Via Street. Plaza Mayor and Teatro Lara are also within 10 minutes. Gran Via ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (984 reviews)

"Great location, clean and has nice restaurant and coffee shop."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Hotel Liabeny
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Madrid

Slow Suites Luchana
Slow Suites Luchana
4 out of 5
Calle Luchana 13, Madrid, Spain
The price is £80 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Located in Chamberi, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Teatro Amaya, Gran Via Street and Paseo de la Castellana. Teatro Lara and Sorolla ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (340 reviews)
Deluxe Duplex- Huge and modern flat!

"The flat in Suites Luchana was absolutely fantastic! It is huge for two people (you could def have 4 if using the futon in the living room). We had the Deluxe Duplex, which is super spacious, has a bathroom and a toilet and a lot of space to chill out. It is very centrally located, only a 35 min ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

Slow Suites Luchana
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Capital
SmartRental Collection Gran Via Capital
4 out of 5
Gran Via 48, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £76 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Callao, Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace of Madrid. Plaza de Cibeles and Thyssen-Bornemisza ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,462 reviews)

"Overall a great experience. Spent 12 days at the property. Had a problem at check in with the room that I had reserved not being available, but this was resolved the following day. Staff was pleasant and professional. Room was modern and very clean, bed comfortable. Sofa in bad shape and needs to ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

SmartRental Collection Gran Via Capital
Malasaña Central Suites
Malasaña Central Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Pozas 16, Madrid
The price is £39 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in Malasana, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Calle de la Princesa, Gran Via Street and Teatro Lara. Teatro Coliseum and Lope de ...

4.1/5Very Good! (94 reviews)
Not good

"We booked this hotel for 7 nights. And there is big different between pictures in internet and real room. We got the room with own entrance from the street. It was a big mistake to take it. There is no soundproofing at all in this room (may be others are better). So all the night (if you are not ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Malasaña Central Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top things to do in Madrid

Reviews of Madrid

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

Visits to The Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofia Museums fantastic. Plaza Santa Ana great for nightlife. Atocha Station very near. Trip to Toledo by train well worth it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Locals very friendly in a cosmopolitan city would love to visit again

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Lovely city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Really lovely capital.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Having been a citicen of the capital I enjoy my stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

Cut is clean and easy to get around on foot. Seems quiet for a capital city. Liked the fact that people live in the city centre

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