Destination guide

Fill yourself up with art, culture and all the tapas

As Spain's capital city, Madrid is best known for its stunning architecture, thriving art scene and renowned museums. Explore the cafes each day and the restaurants, bars and clubs every night. Stroll Madrid's cobbled streets and admire the monuments scattered throughout the city, or pop into a local shop, where you'll find truly unique, locally made wares. Consider Madrid vacation rentals in the heart of the city, making it easy to wander home after a late, late night meal or just in time for a mid-afternoon siesta.

Things to do

If only the Royal Palace could be booked for private stays

No visit to Madrid is complete without a visit to at least some of the city's world-class museums. The Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia are the most popular, and excellent places to start. If the weather cooperates, head to Madrid's largest park, Buen Retiro Park, for a walk through the Garden of the Prince of Anglona. Visit the Sabatini Gardens at the Royal Palace, and tour the inside, too. Take the kids in your crew to the Madrid Zoo Aquarium or the Parque Warner amusement park.


It's a good idea to practise your "mas, por favor" in advance

For the perfect intro to Madrid, book a guided tour and explore the city with the help of a local. Foodies will love a cooking class in this culinary capital, so consider Madrid vacation rentals with fully equipped kitchens where you can flex your newly acquired culinary muscles. Dining and drinking al fresco is strongly encouraged in Madrid's stunning parks and plazas, and don't miss the shopping scene at the El Rastro open-air flea market. Pay a visit to the historic Mercado de San Miguel food market or the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of Real Madrid.


Where you can live la vida loca, nearly all year long

While Madrid is vivacious and buzzing throughout the year, you'll find May and October are particularly ideal months. The weather is warm and bright, and the summer crowds aren't filling the streets and driving up prices. In August, the city is hot and quiet, when most of the locals flee to their own summer holiday spots, leaving many of the bars and restaurants shuttered. November through February brings cold and grey days, so most of the outdoor restaurants and bars shut down their terrazas until spring rolls around once more.

Natural highlights

Leave your inhibitions behind and learn to live like a local

Madrid is located at the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, and south of the Guadarrama mountains. As Spain's capital, the city's layout can feel intense, but never fear! You'll also find loads of plazas and parks meant for winding down, such as Buen Retiro Park, Madrid's largest. More than a quarter of the city is covered by the forested protected area of Monte de El Pardo, home of the Royal Palace. Bookmark Madrid vacation rentals located in the heart of it all, and see what it's like to live like a local.

How to get there

How to get to and around Madrid

The nearest airport is in Madrid (MAD-Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas), located 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Madrid Recoletos Station, Madrid Principe Pio Station and Madrid Atocha Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Madrid by catching a ride on the metro at Sol Station, Gran Via Station or Callao Station.

Where to stay near Madrid?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,223 holiday rentals near Madrid. From 2,927 Condos/Apartments to 198 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Madrid for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Madrid?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Madrid:

  • Malasaña: 1,669 holiday homes
  • Casco Histórico de Vallecas: 20 holiday homes
  • Canillas: 15 holiday homes
  • San Diego: 59 holiday homes
  • Embajadores: 1,599 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Madrid?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Madrid. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Madrid Atocha Station: 3,165 holiday rentals
  • Madrid (XOC-Atocha Train Station): 3,154 holiday rentals
  • Madrid El Barrial-Centro Comercial Pozuelo Station: 3,174 holiday rentals
  • La Mariblanca: 3,187 holiday rentals
  • Puerta del Sol: 3,196 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Madrid listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Madrid?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 2,927 Condos/Apartments in Madrid. Our other popular types of Madrid holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 198 holiday houses
  • Villas: 8 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 11 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Madrid?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 134 holiday homes with pool available in Madrid. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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