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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 £75 per night from 26 Dec to 27 Dec

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! (955 reviews)

"The location is perfectly situated for seeing Madrid and the hotel itself is in great condition. Currently due to Covid, several of the expected services were not available but that is to be expected. The other issue is the fact that the road in front and Plaza de España are being ripped apart and ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza España
Hotel Maydrit Airport
Hotel Maydrit Airport
4 out of 5
Piragua 1, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £63 per night from 30 Dec to 31 Dec

Located in Barajas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Capricho Park and Plenilunio Shopping Mall. Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and IFEMA - Feria de Madrid ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,127 reviews)

"Nice and clean. Some minor changes due to COVID-19, however still works smoothly"…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2020

Hotel Maydrit Airport
Hotel ILUNION Atrium
Hotel ILUNION Atrium
4 out of 5
Emilio Vargas, 3 y 5, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £50 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in Ciudad Lineal, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Las Ventas, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and IFEMA. El Retiro Park and WiZink Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (496 reviews)

"Shower pressure was amazing! Sink had an issue draining. Towels could have been cleaner. Also smelled kinda weird in the hallway. Thankfully our room was nice. Easy access to bus to go to city center."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Hotel ILUNION Atrium
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

VP El Madroño
VP El Madroño
3.5 out of 5
C/ General Díaz Porlier 101, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £53 per night from 27 Dec to 28 Dec

Located in Salamanca, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Paseo de la Castellana and U.S. Embassy. El Retiro Park and Nuevo Teatro Alcala are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (448 reviews)

"Great location warm and friendly"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020

VP El Madroño
Vegas Apartments Palacio Real
Vegas Apartments Palacio Real
4 out of 5
Plaza Alamillo 8, bajo izquierdo, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £122 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of City Hall, Royal Palace of Madrid and Plaza Mayor. Almudena Cathedral and Mercado de ...

3/5 (1 review)
apartamento amplio y agradable

"es un departamento que no tiene ningún servicio"…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2017

Vegas Apartments Palacio Real
Slow Suites Bellas Artes
Slow Suites Bellas Artes
3.5 out of 5
Calle de los Madrazo, 20, Madrid, Madrid
The price is £87 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro de la Zarzuela, Gran Via Street and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. Puerta ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Spacious apartment in central location

"The hotel is in a great location of Madrid, plenty of restaurants and shopping. The apartment itself is very spacious and comfortable. Would be fine for longer stays. We loved it!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2020

Slow Suites Bellas Artes
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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Reviews of Madrid

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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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