Destination guide

Fill yourself up with art, culture, and much tapas

Spain's capital city is known and beloved for its stunning architecture, its art, and its museums, but don't miss the cafe scene, the nightlife, or the unparalleled restaurants. Stroll Madrid's cobbled streets, stopping to admire the many monuments scattered throughout the city, or pop into one of the local shops, searching for special, locally made wares you can't find anywhere else. Book a Madrid vacation rental in the heart of the city, and wander home after a late, late night meal, or just in time for a mid-afternoon siesta.

Things to do

If only we could all book a stay at the Royal Palace...

You can't visit Madrid without visiting any of the city's world-class museums. The Museo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, or the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia are the most popular, and excellent places to start. If the weather is stellar, spend the day outdoors in Madrid's largest park, Buen Retiro Park, exploring the Garden of the Prince of Anglona, or strolling through Sabatini Gardens at the Royal Palace—after touring the inside, too, of course. If the kids get antsy, head to the Madrid Zoo Aquarium or the Parque Warner amusement park.


Start practicing your "mas, por favor" now

A guided walking or bus tour is the perfect urban intro, ideal for finding hidden gems. For the foodies, a cooking class in one of Europe's culinary capitals is an obvious choice, and can lead to skills that benefit everyone in your Madrid vacation rental. Outdoorsy types may appreciate dining and drinking al fresco in one of the city's many parks and plazas, and don't miss the shopping scene at the El Rastro open air flea market, or the historic Mercado de San Miguel food market, or a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, where Real Madrid play their soccer matches.


Living la vida loca, practically all year long

Though the city is alive and buzzing all year round, May and October are ideal months to visit. The weather is pleasant, but the June and July crowds aren't flooding the streets and driving up prices. In August, the city gets very hot and extremely quiet, as most of the locals flee for their own summer vacations, leaving many of the bars and restaurants shuttered. The weather from November through February can be cold and gray, so most of the outdoor restaurants and bars shut down their terrazas until spring rolls around once more.

Natural features

Fly high above Spain and the rest of the continent

Situated in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula and south of the Guadarrama mountains, Madrid serves as the country's capital. The city's layout can feel intense, but fear not, there are plenty of parks to unwind in, including Buen Retiro Park, which is Madrid's largest. More than one quarter of the city is covered by the forested protected area of Monte de El Pardo, home of the Royal Palace. Opt for a Madrid vacation rental 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 center.

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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Madrid?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,827 vacation rentals near Madrid. From 2,494 Condos/Apartments to 222 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Madrid for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Madrid:

  • Centro: 2,142 vacation rentals
  • Malasaña: 1,461 vacation rentals
  • Embajadores: 1,391 vacation rentals
  • Salamanca: 897 vacation rentals
  • Plaza Mayor: 1,329 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Madrid?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Madrid. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Puerta del Sol: 2,814 vacation rentals
  • Madrid (XOC-Atocha Train Station): 2,805 vacation rentals
  • IFEMA - Feria de Madrid: 2,802 vacation rentals
  • El Retiro Park: 2,816 vacation rentals
  • Sabatini Gardens: 2,816 vacation 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 vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Madrid?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,494 Condos/Apartments in Madrid. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Madrid include:

  • Houses: 222 rentals available
  • Villas: 6 rentals available
  • Cottages: 13 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Madrid?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 140 vacation rentals with pool available in Madrid. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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