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Your guide to Madrid
Welcome to Madrid
Spain’s capital city is an exciting meld of the old and new. Madrid’s streets teem with stately palaces, ornate Belle Époque buildings, and modern architecture, and its skyline is spiky with soaring slate spires. This is also a place that celebrates its abundant open spaces. The River Manzanares, which slices through the city, is crisscrossed by arched bridges and lined with walking paths and green spaces such as the modern Madrid Río Park, a landscaped stretch of riverbank activated with playgrounds, performance spaces, and the Arganzuela Bridge, which looks like an enormous metal spring.
In the evening Madrid’s vibrant nightlife awakens, as revelers flock to bars, clubs, and restaurants that stay open until the morning hours. Thanks to those privileged royals of yore, the city is a marquee arts destination, studded with world-class museums and galleries that still benefit from the largess of rulers who supported famous artists. Madrid’s artistic reputation is only rivaled by its gastronomic one — the food here, from traditional tapas to reservations-required upscale dining, is reliably excellent.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Madrid
Late spring and early summer are prime seasons in Madrid, when temperatures are warm but not scorching, and open-air markets, sidewalk cafes, and plazas hum with activity. Summers are hot and dry, and autumns mild. Winters are cold, although snow is infrequent. In the middle of May, the city comes together for an annual weeklong celebration of the city’s patron saint, Isidor the Laborer, with street festivals, dancing, and feasting. The city’s LGBTQ+ Pride event in June has grown to be one of Madrid’s marquee celebrations, and crowds flow into the city for days of festivities.
Top things to do in Madrid
Museo del Prado
Housed in a circa-1785 palace (with some modern additions) the Museo del Prado is home to more than 7,000 paintings. Its vast collection includes works by only-last-name-needed artists such as Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco. It’s within walking distance of two other heavyweight art museums, the contemporary Museo Reina Sofía — home to Picasso’s Guernica — and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, which showcases works by European masters.
Parque del Buen Retiro
This 17th-century park is studded with ornate marble buildings, a placid boating lake, and shade trees. Some of its unique features include what is believed to be the oldest tree in Madrid — a 400-year-old Mexican conifer — and the Palacio de Cristal, a glass and iron greenhouse repurposed as a modern art gallery.
As you zip around the city, take a moment to explore some of the unique displays within the transit system. The Ópera station houses an archeological museum showcasing 16th- and 17th-century artifacts unearthed during construction. A paleontology exhibit in the Carpetana station displays the fossils of prehistoric animals; the Chamberí station, which opened in 1919, is now closed to trains but open to visitors, and retains its original billboards and other period details.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Madrid?
Madrid experiences a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Summers, from June to August, are hot with temperatures often reaching 32°C (90°F), while winters, from December to February, are typically mild with average daytime temperatures around 14°C (57°F). Spring and fall are pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).
What are some of the best things to do in Madrid?
Madrid is known for its vibrant arts scene and historical sites. Visitors often enjoy exploring the Prado Museum, strolling in Retiro Park, or learning about Spanish history at the Royal Palace of Madrid. Other popular activities include watching a flamenco show or visiting a traditional local market.
What is the best time of year to visit Madrid?
Spring and fall are the most popular times to visit Madrid, typically from March to June and September to November. During these seasons, the city hosts numerous local events such as the Madrid Book Fair in May, and the Madrid Autumn Festival in October.
What are the best places to stay in Madrid?
Popular areas to stay in Madrid include the bustling central district of Sol, the trendy neighborhood of Malasaña known for its vintage shops, the elegant Salamanca district for its high-end boutiques, and the vibrant La Latina for its traditional tapas bars and narrow cobblestone streets.
What are the best places to visit in Madrid?
Madrid is filled with places of interest. Some frequently suggested sites are the Reina Sofia Museum, home to modern art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, showcasing European art, and the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid football club. The city's grand squares, such as Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, are also popular among visitors.
What are some hiking trails in Madrid?
For hiking enthusiasts, Madrid has several trails. The Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Madrid, offers a variety of paths, and in the city, the Madrid River Park features a 10-kilometer (6-mile) loop alongside the Manzanares River.
What are some family activities to do in Madrid?
Madrid provides a variety of family-friendly activities. You can explore the Madrid Zoo Aquarium, take a boat ride in Retiro Park, or spend a day at the amusement park Parque de Atracciones. The interactive exhibits at the Museum of Science and Technology are also a hit among children.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Madrid?
For day trips from Madrid, the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia are often recommended. They are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and less than 90 kilometers (56 miles) away. The Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen, around 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Madrid, are also frequently suggested.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Madrid?
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Are there vacation home rentals with a dedicated workspace in Madrid?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 50 vacation home rentals in Madrid featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.