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Make madrid the right way!

Madrid is the capital and most populous city of Spain. The city has almost 3.3 million inhabitants but the entire metropolitan area gets to a population of approximately 6.5 million. It is a vibrant city, where art and fun co-exist. In this Madrid city guide you will find ideas to plan your trip and make the most out of it. 

Local madrileños have a expression. ¡De Madrid al cielo! (from Madrid to the sky! which a way to invite people to get to know… and fall in love with it. 

Madrid is a very welcoming city. You will find how easy it is to move around Madrid and enjoy its many treasures

Madrid city guide - Contents

Complete 2 day itinerary in Madrid

Retiro Park in Madrid

Madrid trip – 2 days city break

Madrid in 2 days. A complete itinerary to enjoy your stay in Madrid with a plan that includes daily maps, budget and a list of hotels, restaurants and recommended things to do. Adapt the plan to your budget and your travel style and get the most out of 2 days in Spain´s Capital



Build your itinerary with our interactive map of Madrid

Your travel style

Our team of local experts thought that it makes all sense in this Madrid city guide to ensure you find alternatives and things to do no matter what your travel style is. They have put together a selection of best things to enjoy in the city (hotels, flats, restaurants, attractions tours, parks, shops…) adapted to your travel style

Family traveler

Top ideas to enjoy Madrid with children of all ages

No Hassle

Take it easy... Everything you need to visit Madrid in a relaxed manner

Romantic traveler

Hand in hand... Madrid has loads of romantic places worth visiting

Like a Local

Enjoy Madrid like locals do...

Trendy traveler

Find out what are the coolest places in Madrid

Fun seeker

If fun is what you are looking for... Madrid is your place

Culture seeker

Madrid is a city brimming with history and culture

El Capricho Park

Get to know Madrid

brief history of madrid

The area of present-day Madrid was settled during prehistoric times, as numerous finds from the Stone Age bear witness. The Moors gave the then insignificant town the name ‘Magerit’,
from which the name Madrid is derived.

For centuries Madrid stood in the shadow of Toledo. In 1083 Madrid was captured
by Alfonso VI and absorbed into the Christian kingdom. Under Henry II the town
was totally destroyed by fire. It was later rebuilt by Henry III who had himself
crowned in Madrid in 1390.

Henry IV turned the Moorish alcázar into his favourite residence and granted the town market rights. In 1474 Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile had the walls of Madrid destroyed.

Nevertheless, the royal couple made their ceremonial entry here in 1477.

In 1561 Philip II declared Madrid capital of the empire. Under Philip III monasteries, churches and hospitals were built and during the reign of Philip IV new buildings were constantly being constructed.

The Borbons demanded the further extension of the city. When they arrived to Madrid they did not like all they saw. The Royal Palace did not exist as we know it today, and the kingdom did not enjoy at the time the summer houses like La Granja. his was continued under Charles III in particular. From 1860 the outer suburbs were developed and were constantly being enlarged. 

Madrid is today the city in Europe with more trees. Madrid parks are found everywhere: from the fantastic Retiro Park, to smaller parks, tourists find it easy to enjoy fresh air in Spain´s capital city. 

Among the many attractions you may be surprised to discover that Madrid soccer stadiums are amongst the favorites by locals and foregin visitors alike. 

San Isidro Madrid

San Isidro in Madrid festival, Bulls and Rosquillas.

Each 15th of May in Madrid is the festival of San Isidro, the patron of Madrid. For a period of five days, locals take to the streets to celebrate their pilgrimage in the Pradera of San Isidro and also to enjoy music, dancing and Madrid cuisine in the gardens of the Vistillas.
The day before the party, in the streets of downtown Madrid, you can hear the excitement from the Parade of Giants, announcing the arrival of the Proclamation that occurs on the afternoon of the 14th on Plaza de la Villa.