From the appreciation of public spaces to the indispensable daily siesta ritual, we registered the good life in the Spanish capital in detail.
The port of entry to the city is Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport. From there, you can go to the city center (around 9 miles [15 km] away) by taxi, subway (a very efficient system), or bus.
When to go
Each season has its advantages: in the summer, the peak tourism season, there’s plenty of outdoor activities. Winter there is not as harsh as in other European capitals, with minimum temperatures around 32 °F [0 °C]. In the fall and spring, you’ll find mild weather and fewer crowds.
The city’s central region is home to most of the tourist attractions, especially around Gran Vía. For anyone who wants excitement, Malasaña and Chueca are the best options.
LATAM has direct flights to Madrid from Santiago, São Paulo, Frankfurt, and 2 other destinations.
Who needs beaches when you have parks? Parque de El Retiro, a peaceful oasis in Madrid, has an area of approximately 120 hectares.
Palacio de Cristal, a greenhouse in the middle of Parque de El Retiro transformed into a museum that hosts temporary exhibitions.
Plaza Mayor, built in the late 15th century.
The daily bustle on the streets close to Puerta del Sol, which marks the center of the radial network of Spanish roads.
The nights in the neighborhood of Malasaña are crowded with young people and bohemians. Above, the cocktail bar Macera TallerBar.
Beauty in the details: left to right, balconies and windows of houses in Madrid. Detail of a façade in Malasaña.
Train platforms at the Atocha Station.
Royal Palace of Madrid.
Aerial view of Gran Vía.
Sculpture in the Reina Sofía Museum. Souvenirs in the region of Puerta del Sol. Restaurant façade in the city center. Snacks at Mercado de San Miguel.