Campervan hire in Madrid
roadsurfer – your camper rental in Madrid
An exciting history, numerous beautiful neighbourhoods, bustling markets and grand buildings – rent a camper and experience the Spanish capital of Madrid. Madrid is home to numerous museums that exhibit modern art as well as ancient pieces, so there is something for every art lover. But that’s not all: Madrid is lively and diverse – you can stroll from bar to bar here or enjoy the many facets of a very vibrant city. What’s more, the city is a great starting point for your road trip, so, hire a camper in Madrid and discover Spain!
Hiring a camper in Madrid – the sights
- Paseo del Arte (Museo del Prado, Thyssen Museum, Reina Sofía)
- Palacio Real
- Parque El Retiro
- Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and Wanda Metropolitano (football stadiums for Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid)
- Plaza Mayor (centre of the old town)
- Puerta del Sol
- Fuente de Cibeles y Fuente de Neptuno
- Puerta Alcalá
- Mercado de San Miguel
Rent a camper and discover Madrid
The list of attractions in Madrid is long, but when you think about it, no typical attractions such as the Sagrada Família in Barcelona or the Alhambra in Granada come to mind. Madrid is about something other than trudging around the sights. Here you soak up the cool vibe of the neighbourhoods and let yourself drift away. During the day you can wander around Chueca and discover street art and the alternative lifestyle as well as a lot of unique little shops.
Let yourself drift away
You won’t be able to decide where to shop first. Treat yourself with a drink in the districts of La Latina or Malasaña. The choices are endless. La Latina mirrors the Spanish charm of Madrid perfectly. There is always something going on here and the many bars, pubs, terraces and open spaces invite you to linger. In the evenings and on weekends it gets pretty crowded here and it can happen that it is too crowded to enter certain bars. But the real party in La Latina is in the streets anyway. Just let yourself be carried away.
Stroll from bar to bar
Even in Malasaña you’ll find no shortage of bars. The neighbourhood, which is bursting with creativity and no end of pretty restaurants and cafés, creates a real feeling of FOMO – fear of missing out. It’s best to immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life, take your time, explore and go to bed late like any decent Spaniard. At the Plaza Mayor, in the centre of the city, you’ll find Casa Botín, the oldest restaurant in the world, which has been in continuous operation and has therefore appeared in the Guinness World Records book several times. You can’t leave Madrid without having tried the typical bocadillos de calamares or cocido madrileño, a delicious chickpea and vegetable stew.
Hire a camper in Madrid and discover pure culture
Not only for the foodies, but also for culture vultures, there is plenty to get your teeth into here: At the El Prado Museum you can admire the works of famous Spanish artists, such as Velázquez, Goya and El Bosco. Pretty much right in the city centre, you’ll find the Sorolla Museum, which was the home of the “Master of Light”. A little haven of tranquility with a garden amidst the bustle of the metropolis. Head to Palacio Real (The Royal Palace of Madrid) and walk along the Plaza de Oriente and listen to the street musicians playing there. Romance is in the air, especially on an evening in front of this beautiful backdrop, as it is a popular place for couples and the ideal spot for a romantic date. roadsurfer insider tip: A secret garden above the rooftops of the city. The El Jardin Secreto cafe is a green oasis of peace in the midst of the city bustle. It is tucked well away up on the roof terrace of the Salvador Bachiller store.
Heads up: A few roadsurfer tips!
If the typical tourist attractions aren’t your cup of tea, here are our roadsurfer insider tips.
- The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple, which was recovered by Spanish archaeologists from the bottom of the Aswan Dam and then rebuilt stone by stone in Madrid. It used to be about 15 km south of Philae on the banks of the Nile. You’ll find small parties with drum music here most evenings.
- The neoclassical chapel Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida is a real sight to behold. The royal chapel is renowned for its ceiling and dome frescoes by Francisco Goya, and also served as his resting place.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Botín is the oldest restaurant in the world, which has been in continuous operation. It first opened its doors in 1725.
- The Hammam Al Ándalus – the Arab baths are located in one of the oldest buildings in Madrid.
Feasting in Madrid
What is high on the Spanish list of priorities? That’s right: Eating. For all the foodies and connoisseurs among you, Spain is the land of plenty. Here people don’t just eat; each and every meal is a real celebration. And it’s easy to see why – Spanish cuisine is divine. Paella, Jamón or Tortilla – with the roadsurfer tips you’ll eat your way through the Spanish menu.
- Tapas in Spain is an absolute must so you should take a detour in Madrid to El Tigre. Here, tapas is provided free-of-charge when you order drinks and it is typically Madrilenian.
- Continue to La Campana, where you can try the typical Bocadillos de Calamares for a very reasonable price.
- For connoisseurs, the Casa Lucio is recommended. It impresses diners with its wonderful Mediterranean cuisine and excellent service.
- Close to Plaza Mayor at San Ginés you can start the day with churros dipped in chocolate for breakfast.
- Don’t forget to stop and admire the Mercado de San Miguel (San Miguel market). A wide variety of typical Spanish goodies can be picked up here.
Hiring your camper in Madrid – the parking options
Parking is rather limited in Madrid. There are blue and green zones in which you can park, but be warned that it’s very expensive. There are regular patrols by parking wardens, so be a good tourist and pay the parking fees rather than risk getting a parking ticket on your windscreen. You can park in multi-storey car parks (pay attention to the height restrictions!) – but it’s also relatively expensive in comparison to Germany.
Parking: Please take care around the city centre
Campervan rental Madrid: drive into the centre? It’s not a good idea! Ideally you should park your roadsurfer outside the M30 and then travel into the city centre by public transport. This is mostly free of charge and what’s more, it’s stress-free. Parking is available, for example, at Marqués de Vadillo and sur del Manzanares. There are also plenty of parking spaces in Usera at the Almendrales metro station.
Rent a camper and discover Madrid with children
Spain is a very child-friendly country. And there are even plenty of exciting attractions for the little ones in Madrid.
- The Casa de Campo amusement park is well known throughout Spain and offers something for thrill seekers of all ages.
- Faunia is a classic zoo, with around 4,000 animals living in real ecosystems.
- For the little explorers among us, Faro de Moncloa is a unique experience. Here, you can climb The Moncloa Lighthouse and admire the entire city from the top.
- You should definitely head over to the Retiro Park, because not only is it the lung of Madrid, it also offers great leisure activities for all ages. At the large Estanque Grande lake, you can go rowing, take a solar boat or hire canoes from the municipal canoe school. The Palacio de Cristal has an all year round exhibition boasting many exotic plants, and what’s more, Retiro Park is home to wonderful sculptures and fountains. A great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Hire a camper in Madrid
Hire a camper and then get on the road!
Have you already seen all the sights in Madrid? Then it’s time for a brand new adventure. From Madrid you can head in all directions. Lisbon, Granada, Valencia or Bilbao – all are a stone’s throw from Madrid. Of course, you can head north via Andorra to France and from there explore the rest of Europe. Out of the metropolis, into more rural Spain. The first stop is Ávila. The city is best known for its medieval city walls. The walls are on the east side of the city with over 80 fortified, semi-circular turrets and 9 gates. Then you can continue the journey to Salamanca. The student city’s roots go back to Celtic times and it is known for its striking honey-coloured sandstone architecture, which is why Salamanca is also called “the golden city”. The next stop is then Guarda in stunning Portugal. Here you can take great walks in the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and then spend a relaxing evening in the Termas do Cró thermal bath. Last stop Porto: Porto is beautiful, the city centre gleams with the typical tiled building facades. The city is divided from the neighbouring town by a river where the famous port wine is produced. From Madrid there is so much to discover on your own personal road trip. Rent a camper and head out from Madrid – perfect for those who want to explore all that Spain has to offer!