Why stay in Madrid?
Many people visit Madrid for its well-known nightlife, however. This is a city that boasts perhaps the largest number of bars per capita of any European city. Because the intense summer heat requires a midday siesta that can be several hours long, residents of Madrid can party long into the night. Remember this when you're booking your Madrid hostel - if you're planning to stay along the bustling Gran Via, you'd better not be a light sleeper. A few of Madrid's hostels are highlighted here.
RC Miguel Angel is a short walk from the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor, just a few minutes from the city's historical center. Madrid's museums as well as its nightlife is easily accessible. MuchoMadrid is on the busy Gran Via, close to the city's best night hotspots. It's also close to the sights you'll want to visit when you wake up.
Residencia Alvaro has seven rooms only, each one for two people, and is situated five minutes from the Plaza Mayor and most of the major museums and nightclubs. The Cat's Hostel is, despite the name, for humans. There are private rooms with ensuite bathrooms available, as well as dorms (with up to 16 beds) and shared bathrooms.
Of course there are plenty more Madrid hostels where these came from, so peruse the listings on this page and find the one that suits you.
Madrid is Spain's capital city and its largest city. With a reputation for hot nightlife, hot Flamenco and hot hot hot summers, Madrid will get your blood flowing and then pretty much force you into submission. What's more, you'll like it.
The city of Madrid is famous for its cultural and artistic history, which can be seen in the architecture all over town as well as in the El Prado museum. The Prado is home to one of the finest art collections in the world. There are other notable museums in the vicinity of the Prado, including the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre (modern art, including Picasso's Guernica) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art. The enormous Catedral de la Almudena and the Palacio Real facing it are both worthy of a stop. The Palacio contains several museums. For a relaxing break from the chaos of the city, take a stroll through El Retiro, the large park in the city center. You can even rent a boat for a row around the park's lake.
Sports enthusiasts will want to see if Real Madrid, one of Europe's great football teams, is playing. And for a little physical activity of your own, why not take some Flamenco lessons?
And for the rest of your travel needs, you can search for international airfare to Madrid and read about all the things to do and see in our Madrid Travel Guide. If you're looking for cheap hotels in Madrid, visit our friends at EuroCheapo.