We’re mad for Madrid. Spain's capital bursts with flavours—culinary and creative. The scene of a countercultural, artistic movement in the '70s and '80s, the city still exudes eccentric energy. It flows around polished parks and baroque architecture, erupting in art museums, hip barrios and flamboyant restaurants. Meander through a maze of streets and elegant plazas, and make Madrid your own.

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Make your way to Madrid tourist attractions, such as Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and its famous bear statue, or the shop-lined Gran Vía.Take a break from Madrid sightseeing to savour some of the best Spanish cuisine at the city’s world-class restaurants and bars. Home in on our selection of hotels or discover Madrid vacation packages that include flight and hotel or multi-city itineraries and more.

MADRID TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

Language

Officially Spanish, but also regional languages such as Basque, Catalan and Galician.

What to eat

Cocido madrileño (traditional stew), bocadillo de calamares (fried squid sandwich), and churros with chocolate.

What to bring back

Madrid-made vermouth, handmade abanicos (fans), violet sweets from La Violeta, a Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid jersey and handcrafted espadrilles.

Fun Fact

After the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Madrid was the birthplace of a countercultural movement that included new wave music bands, avant-garde filmmakers like Pedro Almodóvar, street artists and rebellious writers. Their rallying cry was: “Madrid nunca duerme" (Madrid never sleeps).

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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