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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. 

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

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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

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Your travel style

Our team of local experts have put together a selection of best things to enjoy (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

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In depth

History of madrid

Madrid, high on a plateau in New Castile, is the geographical centre of the Iberian

peninsula. The city now has over 3.5 million inhabitants


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, and this was continued
under Charles III in particular. From 1860 the outer suburbs were developed and
are constantly being enlarged. Today Madrid is a vibrant city, with not only historical buildings, but a large business district too. The city is home to 2 scoccer stadiums that belong to 2 of the most important fottball teams in the world (Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid)  and there are also many green areas and parks

The days in the middle ages in which the bad quality of dirt roads made it difficult to get food in a city from Madrid have changed a lot. The city offers some of the best seafood restaurants in the country , as well as top quality markets where food specialities from all corners of the country can be found. 

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