Madrid is Spain's capital, and is the most populous city in the country. It lies on the banks of the River Manzanares and is in the centre of the country. A city of elegant boulevards and green spaces it is the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. It is also the seat of government and main residence of the Spanish monarchy. It has been the capital of Spain since the 1500s.
Madrid is located on a plateau 650 metres above sea level and is the highest capital city in Europe. The land that now holds Madrid was said to have been inhabited since the stone age, dating back to around 860 A.C. but the official city of Madrid was not established until the 9th century.
The city is a must for art lovers and it is renowned for its museums of European art, including a ‘golden triangle’ of art museums, which are the Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Prado, where works by by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters can be seen. Madrid’s artistic heritage has been borne over many centuries with Spanish Royals supporting artists of all nationalities for many years. More modern masterpieces by artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró also adorn the many gallery walls, catering for all tastes.
Madrid is also one of the culinary capitals of Europe and is at the centre of innovative Spanish cuisine with stunning restaurants. There is also the opportunity to sample regional Spanish fare and much loved tapas. Nightlife in Madrid is legendary and there are many bars and nightclubs on offer. The locals are often out until dawn, eating, drinking and dancing once the sun has set. All of this against a backdrop of stunning architecture from medieval mansions and royal palaces to baroque buildings and the latest contemporary masterpieces.
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El Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
Carretera de Castilla, Km 2, E-28040 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
40.4388° N, 3.7426° W
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (MAD)
Av de la Hispanidad, s/n, 28042 Madrid, Spain
40.4983° N, 3.5676° W
Airport Transfer Services
There is a wide variety of transport options at the airport including taxi, car rental, and bus.
Getting around in Madrid
Madrid's excellent transport system allows you to get around the city quickly and safely by bus, metro, train or taxi. Also Tourist Travel Pass to Get around the city easily, quickly and economically.
METRO - stations linked together by 15 lines, you will get around the city quickly and easily
TAXI - the city has plenty of taxis waiting to take you wherever you want to go, they accept cash and credit card payment
UBER works well, good service
BUS Madrid’s has efficient bus service
BIKE to explore the city in an eco-friendly way, the city create BiciMAD a bike hire scheme to rent e-bikes easily.
Things to Do
MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL
to experience an unforgettable dinner out
PUERTA DEL SOL
start from the famous statue of the bear and the strawberry tree, the official symbol to discover the city
It’s one of Madrid’s most famous squares and it is in the central part of the city so it’s a great place to start your visit.
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF ART GALLERIES
Visit one of the world’s best art galleries, and the three most famous are handily located close to each other in a triangle. The Prado (classical paintings), The Reina Sofia (modern art) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza (a little bit of everything) are full of artistic riches well worth exploring.
CALLE DE CAVA BAJA
is one of Madrid’s coolest streets Curvy and covered in cobblestones, there are some of Madrid’s most traditional tapas bars and restaurants
Skip the inside and instead take a walk around the beautiful Plaza de Oriente for a stunning view of Madrid’s Royal Palace.
PLAZA DOS DE MAYO
This square is in the heart of the hip neighbourhood of Malasaña surrounded by a host of excellent bars, restaurants and shops. One of Madrid’s best nightlife spots.
SAN GINÉS FOR CHURROS
You cannot possibly leave Madrid without trying churros con chocolate from San Ginés, open 24/7
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