The capital of Spain is a vibrant city, packed with culture, good food, history, shopping, art and much more. It makes a great destination for a weekend break or as part of a longer holiday in Spain, making it the ideal destination to combine with a beach holiday on the Spanish coast.
There are hotels in Madrid to suit all tastes and pockets, from five star hotels in Madrid city centre, offering every imaginable luxury, to cheap hotels in Madrid, which are great for those who don’t plan to spend too much time in their room. Whether you want a family holiday that includes a stay in the Spanish city or a romantic mini-break for two, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation.
Madrid is a favourite destination with art buffs and it’s easy to see why. The top three are the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Museo del Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The Prado showcases Spanish art, from modern times all the way back to the Middle Ages, while Reina Sofía focuses on other European art as well as Spanish. Thyssen-Bornemisza tracks the history of art in the West from the thirteenth century. In these museums you can see works by Caravaggio, Picasso, Titian and Van Gogh among other greats.
If you’d like to spend a day shopping, Madrid can offer an array of retail options. Designer shops line Barrio de Salamanca, while Gran Vía is where you’ll find the department stores. Around Calle del Almirante is the place to browse independent boutiques, if you crave something a little different.
For those who prefer food to fashion, Madrid’s San Miguel market is the place to pick up artisan foods, and many local eateries can be found in the nearby streets, serving up traditional Spanish favourites. The La Latina area is best for tapas, while in the region of the Plaza de Espana you can seek out cuisines from all over the globe.
There is also a good array of cafes in Madrid that aim to please the younger members of the family. The city also has plenty of parks, plus a range of theme and amusement parks including a zoo and an aquarium that will delight young animal lovers. For the adults, the nightlife in Madrid is legendary and you can dance all night long if you want to.
If you fancy a stay in the Spanish capital, why not check out the hotels in Madrid we have to offer?