It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years, but even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socialising, you can take a few days to enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe.

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The Three Big Art Galleries - Paseo del Arte (Art Walk)

Madrid’s three major art galleries are all within a short walk of each other, and together they make up a magnificent display illuminating the history of Western art. Each one of the galleries is so large, that the Paseo del Arte triple ticket may seem like an invitation to exhaustion. However, once you have visited one, you have the rest of the year to visit the other two.

Prado Museum

The Prado is deservedly one of the most famous museums in the world. Since the gallery first opened almost two hundred years ago, its collections have grown to include over 7000 paintings (although only around 1500 are currently on display). The collection includes Spanish art from Velázquez and some dark works of Goya, as well as some works by a number of Flemish masters: Peter Paul Rubens, Pieter Bruegel and Anton Van Dyck.

Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23, Madrid

Delicious food is served at this establishment run by Oscar Velasco, apprentice to one of the giants of Catalonian cuisine, Santi Santamaria. His influence can be seen in dishes such as shrimp ravioli stuffed with ceps.

Paseo de la Castellana 57, Madrid
Restaurante Botín

Botín is a restaurant that really does live up to the epithet “classic.” With a history going back almost 300 years, it claims the title of the world's oldest restaurant in continuous operation. The food is also classical Spanish: lamb steak and suckling-pig, for example.

Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, Madrid
Las Rozas Village

Las Rozas Village, just 30 minutes from the center of Madrid, and has become a destination for visitors seeking a superior shopping experience. It offers more than 100 boutiques of leading international luxury brands with sales of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Visit for more information.

Juan Ramón Jiménez 3, Madrid
Mercado de San Miguel

Just a few steps away from Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel offers some of the city's best gourmet foods and delicacies, including wine, cheese, ham and cured meats, and is a great place to stop for afternoon tapas and a glass of wine.

Plaza de San Miguel, Madrid

Barajas - Airport

Madrid’s airport, Barajas (MAD), lies a little over ten kilometres northeast of the city. The cheapest way to get to Madrid is by metro: line 8 goes to Nuevos Ministerios (the journey takes about 30 minutes). A taxi ride costs more at night and on Sundays, and takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on traffic. Numerous car rental companies are also available at the airport.

Avenida de la Hispanidad, Madrid

Passport / Visa

Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.