Madrid Travel Guide

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True to its reputation, Madrid knows how to throw a party. But more than that, the city possesses a lively vitality. From the raucous students who celebrate like it was still the 1980s to the quiet dignity of the city's matrons wrapped in their fur coats, the Spanish capital bubbles with a contagious, muted charm and is a study in contrasts.

With sophisticated tree-lined boulevards, world-class museums, and myriad cultural events, Madrid has earned its status as a European capital not to be missed. But even so, Madrid can still manage to conjure up a more provincial past in its squares, alleys, and popular traditions almost every neighborhood seems to have.

In this city each barrio delivers a different reward. Chueca is Madrid's mecca of trendy shops and party people. Lavapiés serves as the city's multicultural meeting point. Malasaña rumbles with a young rebellious streak. La Latina is the place for the tapas connoisseur while Salamanca is for the posh set. The Barrio de las Letras has a penchant for cool jazz and drinks.

Madrid's hot summer nights are improved by ubiquitous sidewalk cafes and bars, cold winter nights by the constant social calendar, and lazy Sundays by glasses of vermouth enjoyed amongst friends.

Where to Go in Madrid

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Room Mate Mario

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Calle Campomanes, 4

Set in the city centre

Parque del Retiro

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Plaza de la Independencia, s/n
Calle de Alfonso XII

Madrid's playground

Taberna Bilbao

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Costanilla de San Andrés 8

Basque restaurant specializing in cod

1917 Blinis & Vodka

Calle de la Independencia, 1

A classy joint for Russian vodka and cocktails

Madrid Blog Posts

UPDATES FROM OUR TRAVEL TEAM

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Madrid
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Madrid can be summed up in two words: totally crazy! The parties and festivities can’t seem to start soon enough – or last long enough for locals’ tastes. Actually, the New Year’s Eve holiday is considered a real opportunity to let one’s hair down with friends... Read more

Best Neighborhoods in Madrid for the Foodie
A glass of bold red wine, a plate of fine sliced ham, a crisp salad bowl dressed to perfection... Need I go on? A trip to Madrid is the ideal destination in which to unleash your inner foodie.  Read more

Best Madrid Museums for Children
Madrid is known for its plethora of awesome museums. But while you may be drooling over the chance to see Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica at the Reina Sofia, the kids may not be. When you have the kids in tow, consider some of Madrid’s more kid-friendly museums:  Read more


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