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How to describe Madrid? Perhaps the most passionate city in the middle of the most passionate country? The energy and vitality that this metropolis exudes is equal to none. It’s music, dancing, very late nights, sheer craziness and a firm determination of its residents to having a good time - all fantastically rolled into one. It’s a party city - because it throws some of the best events on the planet: like its Gay Pride, now the biggest LGBT event in Europe and one that sees the whole of the city coming together to party.

Photo Credit: Paul Lee-Maynard

When to visit

Madrid is roughly at the centre of the Iberian peninsula at roughly 700 mt / 2,300 ft above sea level. Because of its position it has a rather continental climate, with very long, dry and hot summers and relatively cool winters, especially at night-time. During the months of June, July and August the daytime temperatures can reach and go beyond 40C/104F. Thankfully on these very hot days Madrileños can find some respite in the many parks and woodland surrounding the city.

Discover and enjoy...

If you have never been here before, make sure you don´t miss the main sightsAnd whether it´s your first time or you´re coming back again, we think you´ll enjoy these hot tipsor take that special vacation selfie

Unmissable Madrid

If you've never been to the colourful capital of Spain, these are the absolute must on your to-do list

  • Visit Madrid's Prado Museum, with its world class colelction of Spanish and international masters.
  • Head to the Reina Sofia Museum and marvel at Picasso's Guernica as well as some of the most known masterpieces of 20th century art.
  • Check the Thyssen-Bornemitsza Museum, with its stunning collection from the Old Masters to contemporary art.
  • Explore Chueca, Madrid's vivacious heart and traditional home of the country's largest LGBT+ community.
  • Viist the Royal Palace, the largest in Europe, with its 3,418 rooms.
  • Stop for a coffee in the vast and stunning Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the city’s historic district.
  • Have a stroll in the Retiro Park and enjoy the beautiful gardens - perfect on a sunny day.
Explore Madrid's food markets

Madrid is arguably one of Europe's food capitals and its colourful markets are not just a souce of fresh produces to buy, but also a great way to taste amazing foods and wines. From the 100-year-old St. Miguel Market that has reinvented itself to house some Michelin starred chefs and become one of Madrid's most popular tourist attractions, to the San Anton Market, in the heart of Chueca. You can also escape the tourist crowds in the Anton Martin Market, not far from Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum with its distinctive latin flavour.

Lose yourself in the Rastro

For over 250 years the traditional Flea Market of El Rastro has been the Sunday morning destination of the Madrileños and is held in the Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores and many surrounding streets. Get carried away and surprised whilst soaking in the atmosphere and the more than 3,000 stands that are set up in the neighbourhood and discover the most authentic corners of this part of Madrid. Here, you will be able to find almost everything: new and second-hand clothes, electrical appliances, shoes, costume jewellery, books, albums, crafts, furniture... 

A piece of Egypt in Madrid

You don't have to travel all the way to Egypt to see an authentic second century BCE temple. Instead, you can just walk 300 metres from the uber-central Plaza de España to find the amazing Temple of Debod. This monument was brought stone by stone from Egypt to Madrid in 1968 and then reassembled with extreme care in this location, even replicating the temple's original orientation. The temple was a gift from Egypt for Spain's part in saving the Abu Simbel temples, which would have otherwise been submerged underwater after the construction of the Aswan Dam.

One of Madrid's icons - the Cibeles Fountain & Palace

One of Madrid's symbol is the Cibeles Square. From political demonstrations to sport victory parades, to the Madrid Pride Parade - they all pass through here. Taking the name from the iconic Cibeles Fountain in the middle, it is also famous for the majestic Cibeles Palace on its northern side, which was the most  monumental and imposing central Post Office in 1909 when it was built. Today, restored to its grandiosity, it is the seat of the local council, but inside there are permanent and exhibition galleries and an amazing bar/restaurant on the top floors offering some pretty amazing views over the city, including of course the famous fountain.

Find your Pride in Madrid

Madrid Pride, usually held on the first full weekend of July is an unmissable event for the incredible atmosphere that brings to the city. From the fun filled evening parade that takes hours to go through the centre, due to its size and participation, to the infinite number of parties that take place over Pride weekend. In fact the whole of the Chueca district  turns into a giant and raucous street party. Hundred of thousands of people from all over Spain and indeed the world turn up to party and the city turns into a rainbow playground to enjoy to the max.

Find multicultural Madrid in Lavapiés and La Latina

These districts, to the south of the centre, with their narrow, maze-like and steep streets are today an exciting mix testimony of the multiculturality of Madrid. Here you can savour exotic dishes from around the world, find small charming bars and nightclubs, old wineries and bars, funky retro hangouts and even some LGBT+ venues. And most importantly, you will be able to mix with the locals, who are always welcoming and cheerful. 

Planes, trains and automobiles...

Madrid is served by the Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, which is the sixth in Europe for passenger traffic and lies 13 Km from Central Madrid (Puerta del Sol). There are 4 Terminals, located in two different areas. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (the original terminals) are in one cluster, while T4 and T4S (satellite), the more modern terminals, are located just to the north-east. Iberia and the other One World carriers use the new T4 and T4S.

The Scene

Most of the gay bars in Madrid are to be found in the Chueca district, which is the traditional heart of the LGBT community. Bear in mind that people here go out late, in fact very late, which means that they do not get busy until after midnight.

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