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Madrid is a thriving, vibrant and flourishing city. There’s few cities on the same level as the Spanish Capital for its decadent art, its rich food scene and its spellbinding culture. And on a quick stroll round the elegant boulevards and expansive parks it’s really not difficult to see why.

Often overshadowed by its northern neighbour Barcelona and there’s no real reason why. Whilst there may be no standout figure, (such as the Eiffel Tower or Sagrada Família). Madrid holds its own with an artistic pedigree that can rival any city. From the legendary Spanish talents such as Picasso, Goya and Velázquez, to Italian greats and beyond. The city boasts an incredible array of vast galleries, stunning architecture and world-class views.

Madrid is without a shadow of a doubt one of the hottest cities in Europe when it comes to culinary delights. The city has embraced creativity, innovation and has transformed Spain’s culinary scene into what we know it today. From tapas in historic temples, to paella in splendid restaurants, eating in Madrid is a bonafide pleasure.

Madrid nightlife is legendary and act as the ideal compliment to its rich gastronomic scene. The city has more bars than anywhere on earth, from swanky cocktail bars, to authentic local hangouts Madrid is a bundle of nighttime excitement.

When is the best time to go?

Madrid is an extremely popular travel destination. Its peak season is during the summer months of June through August. We would suggest March though May and September to October are the best months to visit. This is because the weather is still pleasant but the city is less crowded. The Winter months may also be a good time to visit because, even though the weather is cooler, there will be significantly less tourists and so accommodation rates will be cheaper.

If you want to watch the bullfighting in Madrid then you need to visit during May or October. This is because the event takes place seasonally and that is during these months.

Top 10 Must See Madrid Sites

  1. Temple of Debod
  2. Mercado de San Miguel
  3. Reina Sofía Museum
  4. Tapas in La Latina
  5. Chocolatería San Gilés
  6. El Rastro Market
  7. Plaza Mayor
  8. Parque del Buen Retiro
  9. Segovia
  10. Toldeo

NotintheGuideBooks Tips

Discover the city by foot: Many of the destinations within the city are within walking distance to each other. The architecture surrounding the city has so much character that it would be a shame to miss it travelling on the metro.

Tipping is expected in Madrid. Most restaurants would expect at 10% tip. More often than not the bill does not include the tip.

Pick pocketing, like in many major European cities, is prominent. Stay vigilant and be sensible when carrying around important documents and money.

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