It's hard to know which way to take Madrid because there's so much to see and do! Go as you wish or prepare your itinerary carefully, you will enjoy yourself. Honour to the monarchy: you can visit the Royal Palace, the majestic residence of the monarchs. To find your way around, the centre of Madrid is the Puerta del Sol, where the main streets of the capital converge. You will enjoy a concentration of artistic treasures on the wide Paseo del arte: for less than a kilometre you will cross the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Reina Sofía, among other essential buildings. There is also the Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the Austrias district, a majestic Habsburg porticoed square, and the Cibeles fountain, the city's emblem. Madrid is suitable for families. Faunia Wildlife Park with four ecosystems featuring 4,000 animals from all continents. The immense Casa de Campo offers attractions for everyone: a zoo, the cable car linking the Parc del Oeste on the other side of the river, an exhibition centre, the Venta del Batán where the young bulls are kept before the bullfight in the Las Ventas arenas. But you won't have really enjoyed Madrid without following a gourmet itinerary, from the market lair to the best restaurants. Try the flavours of the sea and the land, while learning about the variety and quality of wines offered by Spain, not to mention tapas. Finally Madrid is also a celebration! There are plenty of opportunities and addresses to plan fun evenings.

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When to go to Madrid?

Madrid attracts tourists all year round. To enjoy a mild and sunny climate, choose Easter and September. Winter in Madrid is quite pleasant, as the cold remains dry and sunny. In summer, temperatures rarely drop below 26°C, even at night. When there is wind, it is generally refreshing, especially if it comes from the northern mountains. And let us not forget that Madrid is the highest capital in Europe, at an altitude of 667 metres. Madrid lives to the rhythm of its festivals! The patron saints of the neighbourhoods give rise to spectacular religious parades. In summer, the many villages around Madrid celebrate their patron saint for almost a week. On this occasion, the inhabitants parade behind the Virgins, bullfights are organised and balls close the evening. The atmosphere is warm, the generations mix... Ask the Guía de Fiestas calendar in the Comunidad de Madrid at the Madrid Community Tourist Office. The months of April, May, June, September and October remain the most pleasant months for the climate.

During Holy Week (Easter), processions of virgins multiply. This is a typical Spanish ritual not to be missed. However, if you are not afraid of the (very) heavy heat of the Madrid summer, take advantage of this season's low prices to mingle with the population during the neighbourhood festivals in July and August. In addition, in summer, the locals go on holiday, and the city is yours! Finally, winter, striking but bearable, offers another facet of the capital in December: the enchantment of Navidad. The illuminations are spread all over the city and give it a Christmas story look. The Suma Flamenca, a flamenco festival in June or the jazz festival in autumn can also be an attraction.

How to go to Madrid? Our advice & tips

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The interest of the organized trip option for Madrid is essentially economic - and you can also plan a stay yourself at a low price - and practical. No need to stick your nose in the map of the metro or the city, we do it for you and all you have to do is enjoy your discoveries. But you don't have a choice of routes!

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This destination can be discovered alone without any worries. Public transport, which links all points of interest and a detailed tourist offer, is sufficient to make it easier for you to discover and orient yourself. And you can always take an audio-guide or use a guide to go deeper into a particular building. And above all, you have the choice of good little tables, times of idleness and strolls....

The metro is the fastest, cheapest and most reliable means of transport to get around Madrid. Madrid's metropolitan network is one of the largest in Europe. Most of the districts are served from 6am to 1h30. In addition, there is a network of urban buses that run day and night. A tourist ticket allows you to use all public transport in the Community of Madrid, without limit, with packages of 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 days, in two areas (A and T)

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When to travel?

Madrid attracts tourists all year round. To enjoy a mild and sunny climate, choose Easter and September. Winter in Ma...
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Very hot in summer, cold in winter: Madrid's people are used to large seasonal differences in temperature. This means...
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Budget

In Spain the euro is in force. Collectors will appreciate, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela adorns the 1, 2, a...
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Formalities

For members of the European Union and citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Monaco, a valid identity card or pas...
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Health

No particular health risk in Madrid. The level of hygiene is similar to that in France. Don't forget to have your Eur...
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How to travel by yourself?

This destination can be discovered alone without any worries. Public transport, which links all points of interest an...
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How to get organized?

The interest of the organized trip option for Madrid is essentially economic - and you can also plan a stay yourself...
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Getting around

The metro is the fastest, cheapest and most reliable means of transport to get around Madrid. Madrid's metropolitan n...
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