Once the richest and most powerful city in the world, go mad in a city with a vibrancy and atmosphere that will enrapture lovers of all things Spanish.
With some of the finest collections of art in the world, wonderful architecture and vibrant nightlife, Spain’s capital is overflowing with personality. The cobblestone streets of the Plaza Mayor, the many wonderful Tapas restaurants to experience and if all the sightseeing does not tire you out, why not sample a late night flamenco show. It’s no wonder Madrid city breaks are always popular.
One of the main attractions that draw visitors to Madrid are the museums of the Golden Triangle. All within easy walking distance of each other the Museo del Prado, Regina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums house a fantastic selection of world class art from old masters like Reubens, Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh. With some 73 museums in total, art and culture are central to Madrid life. Relax and take in the beautiful buildings over a coffee in one of the market squares or Basque in the splendor of Palacio Real – The Royal Palace. Next to the palace is the Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House and the modern Almudena Cathedral, consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. Madrid is also a green city with Retiro Park, Casa de Campo and Casa del Moro gardens amongst the most popular places of tranquillity within the busy city. In the summer the only place to be seen is the Aquasur open air pool. With 5 slides it is fabulous fun for kids and big kids alike! Football is almost a religion here, and many tourist and locals alike take the tour of the Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid and its team of global stars known as Galacticos.Not the only team in town, Atletico and Getafe (outside the city centre) also have tours and match tickets available. For a spot of retail therapy then there are numerous shopping centres full of well-known labels, or if you happen to be in Madrid on a Sunday, the streets of Barrio la latina become a huge outdoor market selling everything from souvenirs to paintings. Madrid Safari Park has over 500 animals and with regular lion taming show can easily take up a day.
A good base to discover Madrid and for the budget conscious traveler, is the Francisco I, which is a hidden gem and very good location for all the sights. One of the best 3* hotels in the city is the Ganivet hotel which, not only is perfect location for the sights, but also near some wonderful bars and restaurants to experience when the sun goes down. The Conde Duque hotel is a popular 4 star boutique hotel with all the facilities that one would expect or for pure indulgence, Hospes Madrid cannot fail to impress.
A city break to Madrid can be taken at any time of the year although winters can be cool and wet (with occasional snow) and summers hot, so we recommend spring and autumn as the best time to visit. Madrid has a jam-packed calendar of festivals and events.
Traditional Spanish food can be found in the Los Austrias and La Latina areas. Tapas will be widely available but the locals also favour fish and meat, with hams being particularly special.
We offer direct flights to Madrid from 9 UK and Irish airports including Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh and Liverpool. If you fancy a longer break you can also combine Madrid with another city in Spain or somewhere completely different such as Marrakech and explore two beautiful cities in one trip. Call us for more information.
Once the richest and most powerful city in the world, Madrid will seduce you with an unbridled enthusiasm for living.