Spain's fun-loving capital is Europe's fourth largest city and is comprised of many different districts, each with its own distinct personality. The city center is compact and easy to navigate on foot or to tour by metro. Most of the sights of interest are found in the downtown area between the Royal Palace and Parque del Retiro. The capital of Spain since 1562, Madrid sits in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula and has long been an important stop on any art tour through Europe. Arts and culture are a vital part of Madrid life. There are more than 70 museums and art galleries. The city also boasts great dining experiences featuring a wide variety of international and Spanish cuisine. Its pubs, bars, discos and flamenco clubs are open from dusk until dawn. Before you leave, make sure to head to the Plaza de Toros, Spain's largest bullring.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since June 2005

Featured Resorts:

Hotel Gran Melia Fenix


Opened in 1953 and known as the "Hotel of the Nobility" Gran Melia Fenix is an historical reference at the Spanish capital and meeting point for high level events. The facilities at the Gran Melia Fenix have managed to recover their former splendor and restored the hotel to its rightful place in the history of Madrid.

InterContinental Madrid


The Intercontinental Madrid is located in the Paseo de la Castelana at the heart of the center of Madrid and close by the sophisticated Salamanca neighborhood and in the heart of the financial and diplomatic pulse. It has very good access to the Prado Museum and the historical city center.

The Westin Palace Madrid


The Westin Palace, Madrid was built in 1912 at the request of King Alfonso XIII, in the center of the "Art Triangle" only steps away from some of the world's best museums like the Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation. For 100 years the award winning hotel has not only been a leader in Madrid, but in the entire hospitality industry - and the Westin brand, renown for its innovative products and services like Heavenly Beds, SuperfoodsRx or Westin Wo ...

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