Madrid Vacations

Boasting world-class art museums, two premier futbol teams, and the capital of Spain, Madrid truly is a phenomenal city. Some Spaniards claim that Madrilenos look down on the rest of Spain. If they do, it’s not without reason. Major attractions include the “Golden Triangle of Art,” including the Prado, which contain famous works by Picasso, Dali, ... Read more
and Velazquez, the Parque del Buen Retiro, a park sometimes referred to as the “lungs of Madrid,” the Royal Palace, and the Plaza Mayor. Although the Plaza isn't the biggest in Spain (that title goes to the plaza in Salamanca), it certainly is the most famous, having held numerous events throughout history from Inquisition trials to more recent headline concerts. Madrid has a highly efficient metro system that allows visitors to move around the city quickly, providing visitors with a good way to see the sights. Visitors also enjoy visiting Santiago Bernabeu stadium to watch the world famous Real Madrid football squad take the field. Once the sun goes down, there is a multitude of things to do with the legendary Spanish nightlife at your fingertips. Food in Madrid is decidedly Spanish; that is, lots of jamon, bread, soup, fried fish, and potatoes. Hotels and hostels are abundant in Madrid, with some of the most famous lying in the Gran Via-Sol area of the city. Madrid is a bastion of Spanish tradition and culture, making it a fantastic place to visit.

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Madrid things to do and experiences

  • Museo Nacional Del Prado
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Summer in Spain's capital is hot and crowded, and winter is too cold to be able to dine in the outdoor terrazas. However, both spring and fall represent a sweet spot in Madrid's calendar. May and late ... Read more
September/early October, in particular, usually have plenty of warm days, perfect for dining al fresco without the swarms of backpackers. The city's packed cultural calendar means there will always be something going on, no matter when you go. If you'd like to be in town for one of the bigger festivals, try Three Kings in January, San Isidro celebrating Madrid's patron saint in May, and the Autumn Festival in October.

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I lived in Madrid for 7 years and I miss it every day since I moved to Germany. Great city, never sleeps, full of all nationalities, great food and night life. It is a privilege to be there, go visit, but take your time and enjoy its energy, walk as much as possible and away from the center

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Wonderful city, great for walking, great foods. People not so friendly towards foreigners however.

Especially if you are an American tourist, you are not so welcome

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Took a family trip with 7 adults and 2 kids and it was amazing food, sights and fun. Everyone loved it and can't wait to go back

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This city is so clean and beautiful. If you love architecture this is for you!

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Barcelona, Spain

There is a saying in Spanish "De madrid al cielo".
From Madrid to heaven. So true.

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I loved it! It was awesome and the food is delicious, people are very nice and polite. Actually I can even recommend us the subway ! Very cheap. Of course it’s not the cheapest but it’s ok, you should visit Madrid! lots of places to go and if you can you should visit all Spain because is beautiful

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San Francisco, California, USA
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When in have to see Madrid. Although it isn't my favorite compared to other cities, it's worth it for the museums alone. Nice for backpackers, too.

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Madrid is crazy! It’s an imperial city, the rooftops are a must do, to enjoy some of the best views and sunsets you will ever see. Just going around as seeing the huge buildings in each corner is something that will amaze you

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Madrid is one of the best cities in the world. You have culture (Prado museum, Tyssen, flamenco, Palacio de Oriente, live music, etc.), good food (Spanish omelette, Spanish ham, Manchego cheese, etc.), a very well communicated city (one of the best metros and buses in the world), shopping area (Fuencarral), Soccer, etc

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