Madrid City Breaks
One of the world's most famous art galleries can be found in Madrid, but there is plenty more besides that on offer for anyone contemplating a Madrid city break. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Spanish capital as you walk amongst its great monuments, popular theatres and vast array of museums.
The nightlife provides a different side to Madrid and so when the sun goes down it is clear to see that this cultural, medieval city is as contemporary as they come and offers plenty for party-seeking tourists to enjoy.
When you're not dancing the night away or enjoying a romantic meal in one of the trendy bars and restaurants, the numerous parks offer the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by. There is always shopping to be done on the Grand Via and a picture to be taken with the famous 'El Oso y el Madroño' (the bear and the strawberry tree) statue.
Did you know?
Madrid's coat of arms features a bear and a strawberry tree. The bear is said to represent the city's council and the tree represents a treaty signed between clergymen and the council regarding the use of local forests.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours 30 min
- Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport: 21km from the city centre; transfer time about 30 min
- Nearest railway station: Madrid Atocha Railway Station
- Currency: Euro
Madrid has a terrific choice of shops, boutiques, markets and malls. There are 50,000 stores selling everything from high-fashion clothing, antiques and furniture to cheese and wine.
Madrid boasts the richest variety of cuisine in Spain. Over the years, the capital has become a melting pot of people, cultures and gastronomies. Madrid accepts all types of influences from all types of cooking. It does have its own dishes which, although they did not originate in this area, have become "Madrileño" over time. You can actually take a gourmet tour of the country without leaving the capital. Its national eating spots cover flavours from all regions of Spain and there are also plenty of international restaurants offering food across the globe.
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real)
Madrid's most beautiful building and the largest royal palace in Western Europe.
This is one of the world's most famous art museums, containing masterpieces from the 12th to the 19th century, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Madrid.
This is an enormous colourful outdoor market which makes for an interesting morning.
A marvellous enclosed square, perfect to sit outside and people watch.
Reina Sofia Museum
This museum houses a very important collection of 20th and 21st-century art. Picasso's famous Guernica is well worth a look, as are the works of Miró and Dalí.
One of the most popular parks in Madrid, offering outdoor activities and tranquil beauty. It is home to several sculptures, monuments and a boating lake.
Madrid possibly has the largest number of bars per capita of any European city and a very active nightlife; Madrileños are known to stay up until as late as 5-7am. Its pubs, bars, discos and flamenco clubs have a tremendous atmosphere at night, whilst there are traditional verbenas (open-air dances) by day. There are a number of popular events like the San Isidro bullfighting festival - rated as the world's most important event of its kind.