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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Palace
“The Royal Palace of Madrid (Spanish: Palacio Real de Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish royal family at the city of Madrid, although now only used for state ceremonies. The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floor space and contains 3,418 rooms. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe.”
  • 340 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“In addition to beeing an astonishing reconstruction of an ancient Egiptian Temple, it has one of the best views in Madrid, specially for sunsets. ”
  • 339 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Great views! You can enjoy a very nice sunset and Palacio de Oriente views. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Plaza
“Plaza de España y Argüelles. Traditional Madrid with parks and gardens, bars, restaurants and the door to the university district. Museo del Traje is a great place to visit for its collection, temporary exhibits, architecture, gardens and restaurant. Monument dedicated to Cervantes.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Park
“With a surface area of almost 100 hectares, this important green space is located between the road to A Coruña, the university campus and the area of Moncloa. The park was an initiative by the mayor of Madrid, Mr. Alberto Aguilera, in the year 1906, who requested the landscaper Cecilio Rodríguez to design a place for walking and recreation for the residents of Madrid. The space has very original places such as the cable car, the school of ceramics, the rose garden, where an international rose competition is held each year, or the Temple of Debod, near Plaza de España, an Egyptian temple from the second century B.C. which was given to Spain by the Egyptian Government.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Garden
“Part of the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, and were opened to the public by King Juan Carlos I in 1978”
  • 69 locals recommend
Plaza
“Take a stroll through Plaza de Oriente and you'll soon get in touch with Madrid's history—and some of its natural beauty, too. At the center, you will find a statue of King Philip IV on horseback, and surrounding the plaza, you will see rows of statues of Spanish kings. If you can swing it, you should definitely try to make it here for a sunset, when the sunlight gracefully highlights the surrounding buildings, the most notable of which is the Palacio Real. But, if you're here during the daytime, you'll definitely want to amble through the surrounding gardens—and soak up some spectacular natural beauty while you're at it. Address Plaza de Oriente, Madrid Duration 1 hr Hours Mon-Sun: All day Price Free”
  • 56 locals recommend
Garden
“Jardín neoclásico del Palacio Real, con 3 terrazas, fuentes, estatuas y eventos al aire libre. --- Neoclassical garden of the Royal Palace, with 3 terraces, fountains, statues and outdoor events.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Garden
“Next to the Royal Palace, this gardens were created in the XIX century and are part of National Heritage. The view of the landscape is stunning!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Route
“Plaza de España is a large square, a popular tourist destination located in central Madrid at the western end of the Gran Vía. It features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and is adjacent to two of Madrid's most prominent skyscrapers. Additionally, the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is only a short walk south from the plaza.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Museum
“It houses the art and historical object collections of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, who died in 1922. The museum, which is housed in the former residence of its founder, opened in 1944. The building was built in the 19th century, according to Italian taste, and it was luxuriously decorated with baroque furniture, wall paintings and expensive chandeliers. It retains to a large extent its original aesthetics”
  • 40 locals recommend
Transportation
“Everything. You can find Supercor for every shopping meal and convinience 24/7s”
  • 43 locals recommend
Plaza
“metro, connected with noviciate (you can walk underground from the two station, 3 minutes walking)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Next to Argüelles metro station, you have a variety of shops & restaurants within the Corte Inglés shopping mall.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Cable Car
“Una de las mejores formas de admirar Madrid desde el aire. Las vistas de la ciudad y de la Sierra y Casa de Campo son magníficas. Un billete de i/v cuesta unos 5,50€ y te lleva hasta el corazón de la Casa de Campo. // Arguably the best way to admire Madrid's skyline and views of the mountains and Casa de Campo Park. A round trip ticket costs about 5,50€ and takes you to the heart of Casa de Campo, where you can walk to the Zoo or Parque de Atracciones and then choose to come back by this cable car or instead take the metro.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“I highly recommend this old gem of a restaurant. It is an institution in Madrid. Arrive early (13:30) or you´ll wait a long time to eat. Must order chicken, chorizo, salad and sweet cider (sidra dulce). Cabrales here are amazing too. You can combine this with a visit to the Campo de Moro, which is a LOVELY relatively unknown park behind the Sabatini Gradens and Palace.”
  • 33 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Tea Room
“De cuento... y con un aire romántico. Para ir a tomar algo es perfecto, por ejemplo la tarta "muerte por chocolate" es para morirse y el chocolate "chocochachi" te hace volver a tu infancia. Lo único malo que tiene es que es un local pequeño y debes ir muy pronto o esperar. --- Fairy tale... and with a romantic air. To go for a drink is perfect, for example the cake "death by chocolate" is to die for and chocolate "chocochachi" makes you go back to your childhood. The only bad thing is that it is a small place and you must go very soon or wait.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Some weekends I come here to get a coffee and read a book. Afterwards, I have a walk to the Royal Palace, Jardines Sabitini. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Diner
“Una TV de los 60 preside este bar de aire retro conocido por sus desayunos, hamburguesas gourmet y gin tonics. Retro bar, popular for their breakfasts, gourmet burgers gin and tonics.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“Famosa marisquería de Madrid. Famous seafood restaurant in Madrid. Precio: 40-50€ pers.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Con un ambiente que combina tradición, innovación y diseño, es la receta perfecta para cautivar a un público exigente que quiere deleitarse con los placeres de la comida mediterránea”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good relation food-price, big portions, cozy inside and nice terrace. If you like octopus, ask for "pulpo a la gallega"”
  • 9 locals recommend
Paella Restaurant
““Great atmosphere and absolute food and service (specialices in a variety of paellas). In La Casa Valencia Restaurant you could taste the delicious plates from the Mediterranean cuisine, since the classic flavors that conform the base of all the towns rounded by its ocean, to the new concepts more sophisticated. Among their specialties, they offer the authentic paella, a diversity of rices, the taste of their sauces, the Mediterranean seafood, and the most typical products of the vegetable garden with its best fruits.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Are you missing some tex-mex? Probably the most authentic burrito bar in Madrid, this place makes delicious cheap mexican food and margaritas for when you've got the craving!”
  • 6 locals recommend

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