If you are searching for information about the best places to stay, news and updates about the latest
events and festivals as well as the top Madrid tourist attractions and sightseeing locations, you'll
find all the things you need right here.
With recommendations on what to see and do during your visit to the city. And information about famous
landmarks and monuments, itineraries, tourist map, subway map and airport map.
As a capital city Madrid has a huge range of things to do, places to eat and all the facilities tourists need.
We have dedicated pages to help you plan each element of your trip, whether you are after culture, leisure,
fine dining, nightlife or shopping.
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain, located in the centre of the Iberian
Peninsula plain 646 meters above sea level and spans a total of 698 km² (233.3 sq mi).
The population of the city is roughly 3.2 million (2012); the entire population of the metropolitan area.
As the capital city, a cosmopolitan city
, a business center, seat of government, Spanish Parliament,
and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political centre of Spain. Madrid is characterized
by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife.
According to legend the original name of the city was "Ursaria" ("land of bears" in Latin),
due to the high number of these animals that were found in the adjacent forests,
which, together with the arbutus ("madroño"
have been the emblem (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree
) of the city from the Middle Ages.
Madrid goes wild each May in honour of the city's patron Saint, San Isidro,
with a traditional round of partying, feasting and dancing in the streets that goes on for about 10 days around the designated saint's day, 15 May. And regular bullfights in "Las Ventas
is Europe's largest contemporary art fair and turns Madrid into the centre of the international art world during its five-day run each year.
is a Spain's rock music event of the year, Festimad hosts well known and up and coming rock bands for a two-day party that attracts thousands of people from all over Spain. Held at the Butarque Leganes Stadium just outside Madrid.
• Royal Palace
• Royal Theater
• Almudena Cathedral
• Plaza Mayor Square
• Prado Museum
• Queen Sofía Museum
• Gran Vía Avenue
• Puerta del Sol
• Thyssen Museum
• Cibeles Square
• Plaza España Square
• Alcalá Gate
• Santa Ana Square
• Jerome Church
• Santa Cruz Palace
• Santiago Bernabéu
• Archaeological Museum
• Bullfighting Las Ventas
• National Library
• Descalzas Reales
• Fine Arts Museum
• Debod Temple
• El Rastro Market
• Buen Retiro Park
• Casa de Campo Park
• Sabatini Gardens
• Caprice Park
What's on in Madrid: Update at February 27, 2015
The flamenco season, back in Madrid (National Music Auditorium, Chamber Music Hall. 14 Oct-15 Apr).