MESMERISING MADRID Holidays
Madrid, Spain’s capital, with its mainly glorious weather all year round, is renowned for its cultural diversity and art scene. Madrid has many museums and historic neighbourhoods to explore. With its lively nightlife, food markets, flamenco shows and excellent range of restaurants, cafes and bars, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
- Fantastic City Break
- Lively nightlife, food markets & flamenco
Go back in time and explore the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) and neo-classical Sabatini gardens. Originally a Muslim fort this became a beautiful palace for the Spanish kings, and has over 2000 opulent rooms.
Wander around Puerto del Sol (Gate of the sun). This famous square in the centre of Madrid is known for its great bear statue and is where 0 km is located (the point every major road in Spain emulates from). At Plaza Mayor, part of the old town, explore the lacy arcades and visit Casa Botin, (founded1725), considered to be the oldest restaurant in the world. Explore Mercado de San Miguel, one of Madrid’s oldest and most beautiful markets. Here you can order every type of tapas! If you enjoy shopping, Madrid offers a range of boutique shops and chic shopping experiences.
Begin your Madrid city break.
WHY VISIT MADRID?
There are many museums to visit…Prado National museum houses one of the largest and most diverse art collections in the world. The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza has nearly 1000 pieces of artwork on display, from the 13th century to late 20th century. The Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is Madrid’s major contemporary art museum, and is home to Picasso’s Guernica.
Relax in the natural beauty of the Retiro Park. Take a picnic and hire a rowing boat. Marvel at the marble monuments and Palacio de Cristal, an elaborate ‘greenhouse’ with stunning plants.
Football fan? Enjoy a match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, or check out the history of Real Madrid on the modern interactive screens.
UNESCO world heritage sites to visit within an hour’s drive
- Alcala de Henares. Stroll around Calle Mayor, originally designed in the 12th century
- Aranjuez. Palace, gardens and sensational food
- El Escorial. The royal monastery
- Segovia. The medieval city Toledo, once the capital of Spain, and now a melting pot of Judaic, Christian and Islamic cultures.
Start your holiday to Madrid.
When To Go
Spring & Autumn
Around 2.5 hours from the UK.