Madrid's 21 most beautiful places
Take in the beauty of Madrid's hidden gardens, ancient buildings, tucked-away cafés, gorgeous markets...
The best of the barrios
Discover Madrid's neighbourhoods with this guide to their top bars, restaurants, shops and more
Free art in Madrid
Get out and get your dose of the arts, and leave your wallet at home
Where to taste traditional cuisine
Find the best traditional restaurants in Madrid, where you can dig into local cuisine in authentic surroundings
9 Madrid palaces to discover
Think you've seen and done it all in Madrid? Think again. Presenting nine of the city's loveliest and hidden palaces
Juanita Cruz restaurant is located a few steps from the Alberto Alcocer, Madrid Avenue. This is an excellent restaurant serving international cuisine, the same group as other renowned restaurant Pipa & Co and Marieta. The gastronomic restaurant Juanita Cruz is fresh and innovative, is based on various cooked delicious cooked all with excellent raw materials from the best markets. In the restaurant's menu you will find tapas, Japanese specialties, delicious pizzas and other main dishes like ravioli with spinach and Galician octopus.
Tours & Attractions
Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Get a unique view of Madrid aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are two tours covering all of the city's highlights, from historical sites and monuments to the modern Madrid of skyscrapers and cosmopolitan architecture.
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid
Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Tour
Skip the line at the Prado Museum in Madrid, and see some of the most influential pieces of European artwork with your own private guide! Hear the history of the iconic building while walking around admiring masterpieces like Velazquez’s ‘Las Meninas,’ and learn about the different artistic movements that the museum represents.
Discover the rich history and culture of Madrid with your Madrid Card. Gain entry to over 50 museums, partake in a "Discover Madrid" walking tour or visit the Real Madrid Stadium Tour. With the choice of a 24 hour, 48 hour, 72 hour or 120 hour card, you can also enjoy discounts on shopping, restaurants and nightlife such as a flamenco show.
Things to do this week and beyond
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Pritt & Simón: All Blues
What better way to say farewell to August and welcome in September than with a good session of blues with the duo of Andreas Prittwitz and Paco Simón....
Mercado Central de Diseño
The Central Design Market has opened its doors once again to hundreds of talented creators, and this time it's bigger than past editions with the addition of...
Westin Palace Hotel
In the middle of the Art Triangle, formed by the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía museums, is where you'll find the Westin Palace, a landmark since King Alfonso XIII commissioned its construction to have a place to receive members of high society who visited Madrid in the early 20th century. Throughout its history, the hotel, famous for its glass dome and the events hosted there, has been a haven for international celebrities such as Picasso, Dalí, Einstein and Madame Curie.
Hotel Ritz by Belmond
Located just a stone’s throw away from the Retiro, in the neighbourhood of the same name, this exclusive luxury hotel was built in 1910 on the orders of King Alfonso XIII. The facilities of the hotel, which is decorated in classical style, include a luxury spa, parking and free Wi-Fi. Its location makes it a handy base for visiting the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums.
Hotel Puerta América
The Puerta América will not be to all tastes, least of all, probably, those of the business travellers attracted by its proximity to the airport, but is a wonderland for design buffs. Each of its 12 floors and public spaces is designed by an all-star cast of architects, taking in Norman Foster, Richard Gluckman, Marc Jewson and Ron Arad. Guests can select the floor of their choice on arrival, but most popular tend to be Zaha Hadid's rooms (which appear to be sculpted from snowdrifts) or Arata Isozaki's studies in Japanese minimalism. The building itself (along with the pool and gym) was designed by Jean Nouvel.
Relais & Châteaux Orfila
This small mansion in a tranquil residential area has been transformed into a quietly elegant five-star hotel. Built in the 1880s as a private home for an artistic family, the Orfila also housed a theatre and a literary salon during the 1920s. Thankfully, the hotel has held on to its 19th-century decor, not to mention its façade, carriage entrance and dramatic main stairway. The bedrooms are wonderfully quiet – once installed it's hard to believe you're in the middle of a bustling city – and one of the four suites is intimately tucked away in the attic. The elegant restaurant looks on to the lovely garden patio, and guests take tea in the lobby in the afternoon.
Bocadillo de Jamón y Champán
A ham sandwich and a glass of champagne? Together? Yes! Though it doesn't seem likely in this bar in the Alonso Martínez neighbourhood, they've managed to find a perfect combination in the pairing. It helps a lot, of course, that they use premium-quality Iberian ham and serve French champagne. Everything in this place invites you to stay, from the chic décor to the attentive staff. The sandwiches are delicious.
El Dinosaurio Todavía Estaba Allí
The name of this gastrobar (which translates to 'The Dinosaur Was Still There') betrays one of its specialities: books. They're constantly organizing literary presentations, poetry jams and the like. And while you're listening to verses, you can enjoy a good salad, topped toasts, and more elaborate dishes like veal ragout or a mini casserole. The offering is simple and homemade.
La Colchonería de la Camarilla
Of the many traditional restaurants on this stretch of road, La Camarilla offers the most innovative versions of Spanish home cooking: gazpacho with mango, revuelto (scrambled egg) with mushrooms and parmesan, and various tasty cod dishes. The setting is reminiscent of a genteel 1930s hotel and the staff incredibly friendly. Creative tapas and a hearty menú del día are served in a relaxed front room and luxurious gourmet meals in an pleasant and colorful dining room.