Things to do in

Madrid

Awe-inspiring art, beautiful buildings, and culinary culture await you in Spain’s lively capital.

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Top 10 things to do in Madrid

Madrid's culture is one that seems to emphasize living and leisure over hard work, yet its history has seen it produce some of Europe's most awe-inspiring artworks and buildings. Here are just a few of the best places to visit in Spain's capital!

Planning Your Visit

  • Best time to visit?

    Summer is peak season despite the intolerable heat that drives even the natives to close up shop and head to a cooler climate! It's better to go in spring or fall, although if it takes more than a mild winter to put you off, hotels are considerably cheaper in winter!

  • How many days?

    Madrid has enough life in it to enjoy a week there. If that turns out to be a little too long for you, the city is also well positioned for day-trip opportunities. For instance, consider visiting historic Toledo or Segovia, if not the Ribera del Duero wine region for a tasting or two!

  • How to get from the airport to the city?

    Barajas International Airport is one of the world's largest, which means it's busy but pleasantly well connected! Taxis are available but the Renfe train is the cheapest and quickest option, however, at rush hour it might be less stressful to get the airport express bus. There is also the Metro, although this isn't advisable when carrying plenty of luggage.

  • How to get around?

    Buses and the Metro are reliable, well connected, and cheap. Visitors might find it easier to purchase a Madrid Tourist Travel Pass, valid on all trains and buses for 1, 3, 5, or 7 days. Taxis are also very affordable compared to most European cities, and well regulated, too.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and Fall offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists

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What people are saying about Madrid

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 25,679 reviews

The experience was great! Both guides Alfonso and Nuria were extremely knowledgeable ( going into incredible details during the trip). Alfonso also helped with tips in Madrid with rooftops and paella places - ask him as he knows a lot! Thank you for the walk and amazing historical details.

What a fantastic tour! Raul is very knowledgeable and super fun and takes you to a non-touristy area of Madrid to enjoy some lovely wines and very tasty tapas. Very good value for money and a great night out!

Very cool experience. Specially if you like to get a workout in while seeing nice places and learning history. Definitely worth!

Great way to see Madrid is on a bike. Fun tour with a small group, knowledgeable guide and stopped for tapas. Recommend!

We love the show! Really nice experience in Madrid that I recommend to everyone.