Welcome to Madrid! A lively cosmopolitan and friendly city where everyone feels at home. A place for business and new trends, Spain’s capital oﬀers a safe, comfortable setting where leisure time and doing business are equally enjoyable.
Its rich and artistic natural heritage, modern transport network, quality accommodations, ﬁne cuisine and a local vibrancy and night life make it one of the most attractive cities in the world.
Madrid at a Glance
Over 200 direct flights connect Madrid to more than 70 countries.
Madrid’s airport “Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas” receives all international flights arriving in Madrid. It is located just 12 kilometres/7.5 miles northeast of the capital.
There are different ways to get to the airport by public transportation:
Metro: Madrid’s Metro is the second largest metro network in Europe. To get to the airport, line 8 (Nuevos Ministerios-Airport T4) connects the capital with Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, taking less than 20 minutes to T4 and just 12 minutes to the other terminals. View prices here.
Airport Express Bus: 24-hour service from Atocha (between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.) and Cibeles, stopping at O’Donnell (intersection with Doctor Esquerdo), T1, T2 and T4.
Other lines: Lines 101, 200, Interurban Lines 822, 824, 827, 828. For more information, click here.
Shuttle Bus: Free service linking the four terminals. Running every five minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., every 20 minutes from 11:30 p.m. to 1:50 a.m. and every 40 minutes from 1:50 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Taxi: You must go to the official taxi pickup location to get a taxi. Please ignore unofficial taxi drivers offering their services from within the terminals. There is a flat rate of 30 € for services between the airport and Madrid city center (within the M-30 ring road).
Cercanías (Local trains): The suburban train network runs between Príncipe Pío station and Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal 4 on the new C-1 line. Trains depart every half hour, and you can check ticket prices here. AVE (Spain’s high-speed train system) ticket holders can travel from the train station to the airport for free.
Madrid is well-known for its museums and cultural agenda. The city has 88 museums, 87 art galleries, and the largest art gallery in the world with 10,000 works of art housed at the Prado Museum.
El Paseo del Arte, known in English as “Art Walk,” boasts art and beauty. Along a stretch of more than one kilometer (about a half-mile), you will find the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum, as well as a number of other institutions and buildings worth visiting, including:
Madrid is the second city in the world with the most green spaces. Casa de Campo, El Retiro Park and Madrid Río are Madrid’s best known park areas, but almost every neighborhood in the city has its own park, square or community garden for visitors to walk and participate in outdoor activities.
Particularly beautiful and with less tourists are Capricho Park and Campo del Moro Park, a fabulous English-style garden in the Hapsbug section of Madrid featuring the Royal Palace in the background.
Madrid will also surprise you with its intense blue sky. With a dry climate and little rainfall, the city has hot summers and mild winters, making it a wonderful place to visit any time of year.
Although Madrid is an open city that welcomes all kinds of influences – culinary included – from neighbors and visitors, it also has it own cuisine. Madrileño cooks have drawn inspiration from those of Castile and La Mancha. Chefs in Madrid excel in making soup, proof of which is the nutritious and delicious garlic soup. They even use the insides of birds and tripe, which lovers of curious recipes will find delicious. Although Madrid is far from the coast, restaurants regularly serve fish caught from the Cantabrian Sea. A fine example is the Madrid-style red bream, a dish that’s more than 600 years old.
Tapas: Going out for tapas is a fun way to hang out with friends. Just walk into a bar and order a pint of beer, patatas bravas (similar to French fries in a spicy tomato sauce), cazuela de callos (tripe casserole) or chopitos (tiny fried cuttlefish).
In recent years, tapas bars have expanded across Madrid. However, the hottest tapas districts are Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid de los Austrias (Hapsburg Madrid), La Latina,Chueca-Malasaña and Conde Duque.
Learn more here.
There are three UNESCO heritage sites near the city. Outside Madrid, you will find the cities of Ávila, Segovia and Toledo. Within the Madrid region, it is worth seeing:
Madrid and its surroundings
Few European capitals are as beautiful as Madrid. Mountain ranges to the north of the Madrid region are another world, with holm-oak meadows where fighting bulls graze, beautiful sheep-farming villages, unique natural environments and a fabulous historic heritage with jewels as amazing as the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, and in the neighboring region of Castilla-León, the ancient city of Segovia and the Royal Site of San Ildefonso.