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Madrid

Spain's "Big City"

Madrid is perhaps best described as being the New York City of Spain; Spaniards and immigrants alike come here to “make it in the big city,” and the energy of their ambition has helped define the city’s sense of self. Culture here may not necessarily mean flamenco and bullfights, but it is undeniably vibrant. As the political center of Spain, it is also diffused with a slightly different international flair than other parts of the country. But Spain’s major business hub is also known for its world-renowned, pulsating nightlife, truly giving new meaning to the term, “work hard, play hard.” And despite the fervent restlessness that seems to contradict the relaxed, siesta lifestyle throughout the rest of Spain, Madrid is still Spanish to its core. Plazas, sidewalk cafes and tapas bars dot the city, narrow labyrinth alleys are reminiscent of its past as the center of Spain’s Golden Age, and stops like the Museo Del Prado showcase some of the finest in Spanish art. Madrid is best explored on foot, with major sights in close proximity to each other and an excellent public transportation system that will connect you to the rest, but lovely, quiet parks where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle.

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Latest Madrid reviews (20)

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  • Madrid, abierta a todos, es la gran metrópoli, sin complejos y hospitalaria. La ciudad más europea de España
    about a year ago report abuse
  • Madrid, la Nueva York de España.
    more than a year ago report abuse
  • Grandiose
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  • Enorme, pero con lo mejor concentrado en el centro (salvo la Sierra de Madrid, que es imprescindible). Perfecta para largos paseos y para hacer buenas fotografías.
    a couple of years ago report abuse
  • A beautiful, sprawling cosmopolitan city that, despite its size, doesn't feel overwhelming. Regrettably, I visited during the winter but, luckily, that's what hot chocolate and churros are for....
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  • One of my favorite memories of Madrid was watching the sun set over Sol and La Puerta de Toledo. The arch looks majestic over the gorgeous Spanish architecture.
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  • ES UNA CIUDADMUY HERMOSA Y FACIL DE CAMINAR. CON UNA BUENA GUIA SE VA CUAL QUIER LADO.
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    It s a very beautiful city, the only thing, the streets in the center look a bit shady with the graffitis on the shop curtains, but ok, you have to walk through Madrid to appreciate it like from the gran via to the placa de Alcala through cibeles and then stroll through the park del buen retiro or keep going towards the barrio de salamanca (really nice btw).
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  • the place to be!
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    Madrid is a unique city in the world... the architecture and hidden places, the culture (many museums to visit), the gastronomy and the wonderful night life... I am a confirmed traveller who knows a lot of places in the world and who always comes back to this city to be impressed with something new, something that was already there and I couldn't see it before. Madrid is a city where you can find everything you need/look for. Welcome!
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    Nice..
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    The best thing in Madrid is ist citizens… it's well known: from Madrid to heaven
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  • The only one realy big city in Spain, I like it very much.
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    A piece of the land where I was born…
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    Madrid is certainly pretty, but Barcelona is even better. There's more punk in Barcelona. the only down side in Barco is this language insanity with trying to push Catalan.
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  • I just really want to go here.
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  • Maybe it was because it was the middle of winter and I am not into museums or art galleries, but I found Madrid boring. I followed the lonely planets guides 2 most recommended walking tours and found them to be uninspiring. There was no city activity, it was grey and miserable.
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    well - spain is not for me - the way they dispose of animals - nothing is so bad as human!!!
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  • lively and exuberant!
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  • amazing city! so Spanish! way better than Barcelona!
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