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Madrid Travel Guide

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Plan Your Madrid Vacation

Madrid—the Spanish capital since 1561—celebrates itself and life in general around the clock. A vibrant crossroads, Madrid has an infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure, and it's turned into a cosmopolitan, modern urban center while fiercely preserving its traditions.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Hit the Centro Histórico The Plaza Mayor on any late night when it's almost empty is the place that best evokes the glory of Spain's Golden Age.
  2. Stroll down museum row Find a pleasant mix of art and architecture in the Prado, the Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen, all of which display extensive and impressive collections.
  3. Nibble tapas into the night Indulge in a madrileño way of socializing. Learn about the art of tapas and sample local wines while wandering among the bars of Cava Baja.
  4. Relax in the Retiro gardens Visit on a Sunday morning, when it's at its most boisterous, to unwind and take in the sun and merrymaking.
  5. Burn the midnight oil When other cities turn off their lights, madrileños swarm to the bars of the liveliest neighborhoods—Malasaña, Chueca, Lavapiés, and more—and stretch the party out until dawn.

When To Go

When to Go

Madrid is hot and dry in summer—with temperatures reaching 95°F to 105°F in July and August—and chilly in winter, with minimum temperatures...

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