Overview Madrid

Visiting Madrid

Even with a guaranteed afternoon siesta, Madrid rivals New York as the city that never sleeps. Take advantage of tapas bars and late-night discos, but be careful not to sleep in and miss Madrid’s excellent daytime attractions. There is more art here than can be absorbed in one trip, but it doesn’t hurt to try; begin at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and then swing by Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. Then sponge up some less high-minded culture while shopping or carousing at one of Madrid’s many festivals.

When exploring Spain’s largest city makes you hungry, check out one of Madrid’s revered restaurants. Or, for a little history with your comida, eat at Botín, the world’s oldest restaurant. When you’ve had your fill of sights,... Read More
Even with a guaranteed afternoon siesta, Madrid rivals New York as the city that never sleeps. Take advantage of tapas bars and late-night discos, but be careful not to sleep in and miss Madrid’s excellent daytime attractions. There is more art here than can be absorbed in one trip, but it doesn’t hurt to try; begin at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and then swing by Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. Then sponge up some less high-minded culture while shopping or carousing at one of Madrid’s many festivals.

When exploring Spain’s largest city makes you hungry, check out one of Madrid’s revered restaurants. Or, for a little history with your comida, eat at Botín, the world’s oldest restaurant. When you’ve had your fill of sights, food, and wee-hours nightlife, turn in to one of Madrid’s many unique hotels. With choices ranging from boutique to budget, you’re sure to find one you like as much as IgoUgo travelers like the Hotel Arosa.

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Stories and Tips Madrid

The Big Three

Written by viajera67 on 24 Jul, 2001

The Prado Museum is undoubtedly the most famous museum in Madrid, and for real art buffs (I am not one), this is the place to be. You can see great works by El Greco, Rembrandt, and Velazquez, if that's what you like. As…Read More


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Marching in the Streets of Madrid

Written by cola0 on 09 Jul, 2005

We arrived on Saturday morning in June as a family of seven flying in from different places in Asia and the States. Posters for Madrid 2012 Olympics were still up in prominent plazas. By the time we all checked in to the Hotel Wellington…Read More


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Madrid, Spain

Written by lashr1999 on 22 Jul, 2005

Madrid is the capital of Spain, which has a population of over three million. It is a business center and is the home of the Spanish Royal Family. Most of its industry is located south of the city, where textile, food and metal factories may…Read More


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Tu Comprendes Ingles?

Written by travelwisdom on 27 May, 2005

It is a bone-chilling and gray March day in Madrid. My husband Hank and I are huddled together on a busy corner with 20 other English-speaking volunteers from around the globe. Nearby, an equal number of Spanish executives eye us with looks ranging from timidity…Read More


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The City of Madrid

Written by jaebirdypie on 14 Aug, 2003

Seated over 2,100 feet above sea level, Madrid is the highest capital in all of Europe. In 1561, King Fillipe II chose the small village of Madrid to house the Royal Court because of its central location. Today, all distances in Spain are still measured…Read More


Always watch everything of value

Written by dharlan on 10 Apr, 2002

A few years ago on a cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona I wish someone had warned me about the growing problem of pickpockets and thieves in Spain, but no one did. On a side trip to Seville several of us learned the hard way.…Read More


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a street-names' tour

Written by rhiannon1968 on 13 Jan, 2002

Yes, it's possible to visit Madrid with your nose up in the air... not for great buildings or the usual sights... but for the charming little details. Some street names are very quaintly made of tiles: they depict a past or historical street scene and…Read More


Spanish Food

Written by BostonGal on 16 Jan, 2001

I think either you'll love Spanish food or you won't. That's just how it seemed to go with my American friends and myself in Spain. I personally loved it. One of my favorites was paella, a traditional Spanish dish of spiced rice,…Read More


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Snake in the Shower

Written by Harry Potter on 24 May, 2002

I have to share this story, although it is not about a real snake in the shower. If the incident had been videotaped, it would probably make the cut for Funniest Videos, well then again, maybe not since I was naked. I have…Read More


About the weather, taxis, car rental and driving in Spain

Written by roza4 on 13 Jun, 2003

When traveling to Spain in April, bring a coat, snickers and umbrella. It was raining for several days in Barcelona, one day in Granada, and literally pouring for a day I was in Leon. It was rather cool, temperatures were in mid-60’s, but…Read More


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