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Lose yourself on holidays in Madrid

Experience the Madrileños way of life as you explore the cosmopolitan capital of Spain. Visit world-famous art galleries, marvel at stunning architecture, shop to your heart’s content and soak up the atmosphere at a vibrant flamenco bar or buzzing nightclub.

Admire incredible works of art at the world-renowned Prado Museum on holidays in Madrid. Take in iconic sights like the Royal Palace and Plaza de Cibeles. Indulge in luxury shopping along Grand Via or take a stroll in Parque del Buen Retiro – hire a rowing boat to get a different perspective of the grand monument that overlooks the lake. Immerse yourself in Madrid’s buzzing social scene – join the locals as they order a late night supper after an evening of lively conversation, nibbling on tapas.

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My perfect day in Madrid

Find out how our BA expert, Ashley Bartholomew, spends 24 hours in Madrid.

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Retiro Park.

Retiro Park

Ease yourself into the day ahead with a stroll around the park. As street musicians, jugglers and pavement artists keep the crowds entertained, head over to the Estanque (lake) and hire a rowing boat for an hour or two. It’s also fun trying to find the rather unique ‘Satan’ statue – probably one of the most controversial statues in Europe.

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Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor

Make your way along the Gran Via, cutting through to Plaza Mayor to take in the sights and work up an appetite. Enjoy exploring the backstreets and remember to look up at the grand architecture as you go. You can always come back to visit the shops tomorrow.

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Ritz Madrid.

Ritz Madrid

As Madrilños opt for a siesta, I go for Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Madrid. Freshly prepared sandwiches, pastries and scones, complete with jam and clotted cream, provide the light meal you need to see you through to your late supper.

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Madrid Tapas Tour.

Madrid Tapas Tour

There’s no better way to discover Madrid’s famous tapas scene than with an insider, so I would always recommend booking a ‘Madrid Tapas Walking Tour’, particularly if this is your first visit. On this 3-hour tour you’ll visit four tapas bars, learning fun facts about Madrid as you go.

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ME Madrid.

ME Madrid

Madrid comes alive after dark and Santa Ana is a great area to start. Sip a cocktail in ‘The Roof’ at the ME Madrid hotel on the Plaza de Santa Ana and admire spectacular views of the city. Then see where the mood takes you. I love how Madrid is such an open, fun and friendly city, you never know where you’re going to end up – or at what time, so it’s often best to be completely spontaneous.

Choose your ideal Madrid holiday type

Luxury breaks in Madrid

Experience the very best the Spanish capital has to offer on luxury breaks in Madrid. For designer label shopping and high-end dining, make your way to the exclusive Salamanca district. Visit world-famous art galleries and spend an evening at the opera. Feast on traditional Spanish cuisine with a luxurious twist. Stay at one of our sumptuous 5 star hotels and indulge in a pampering session at a lavish spa. Sip champagne at sun set on the terrace of a chic bar.

Madrid nightlife

Discover the exhilarating, 24-hour Madrid nightlife on city breaks in the Spanish capital. Superb tapas restaurants, lively flamenco bars, cool clubs and more await you in this vibrant city. Tuck into tasty tapas and mouth-watering Spanish delicacies, washed down with a sweet sherry or rich rioja. Sip Black Mojitos at a chic roof terrace bar while taking in stunning views over Madrid. Drink sangria while clapping along with flamenco rhythms or dance until dawn at a buzzing nightclub.

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Romantic breaks in Madrid

Stroll hand in hand with your loved one along quaint cobbled streets on romantic Madrid holidays. Discover hidden squares and secret gardens. Watch the sunset at the awesome Egyptian Temple of Debod. Indulge in a couples’ spa session at one of our fabulous luxury hotels. Dine by candlelight at a secluded tapas tavern and spend a romantic evening at the opera. Toast special occasions with a glass of Champagne at a chic roof terrace bar while enjoying magnificent city views.

Family holidays in Madrid

Discover a wealth of exciting activities and attractions on family holidays in Madrid. Action and adventure await at an array of exhilarating theme parks. Sprawling green spaces are perfect for family picnics and games. Take your children to the zoo or try indoor skiing. Madrid’s laid-back culture means you can be assured of a warm welcome at restaurants and bars throughout the city. Book a stay at one of our family-friendly hotels in Madrid with excellent child facilities.

Madrid shopping

Discover retail therapy heaven on Madrid shopping holidays. Make your way to the thriving Gran Vía for all your favourite high-street brands. Or head to the upmarket Salamanca district for designer label shopping on luxury breaks. A visit to the iconic El Corte Inglés department store is a must on Madrid holidays. Browse the bric-a-bric at the sprawling El Rastro flea market or pick up a high-quality bag or pair of shoes at a bargain price from a madrileño leather specialist.

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Exciting experiences

Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Madrid at your own pace with a Madrid bus tour. See the capital’s highlights on a choice of two tours taking in the city’s fascinating historic sites or incredible contemporary architecture. Hop on or off as many times as you like with your one or two day pass. Take a historical journey on Route 1, visiting the spectacular Royal Palace, Paseo del Prado, Gran Vía and much more. Discover modern Madrid and see its awesome skyscrapers on Route 2.

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Madrid Bike Tour

Join a Madrid bike tour for a healthy, exhilarating way to see the best of the Spanish capital. Feel the breeze in your hair as you glide along on your comfortable bike, taking the city’s essential sights. See the spectacular Royal Palace, buzzing Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol. Stunning Retiro Park and the iconic Plaza Cibeles, with its famous fountain, are other highlights of this fantastic tour. Small group sizes ensure you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide.

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Madrid City Tour and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Perfect for football fans, this exciting tour combines sightseeing in the Spanish capital with a visit to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – home of the legendary Real Madrid team. Explore historic Madrid via the famous Gran Vía, taking in thriving Plaza de España, Puerto del Sol and the stunning Casa de Campo Park. The Real Madrid stadium tour grants you thrilling access to all areas of the football team’s homestead, concluding with a visit to the official museum.

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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid

Discover the beautiful medieval city of Toledo with this fascinating sightseeing experience. Explore Toledo’s charming cobbled streets and take in its many artistic treasures, including a number of world-famous works by the 16th century master El Greco. You’ll visit the amazing 13th century Cathedral, the dramatic medieval castle of San Servando and beautiful Santa María La Blanca Synagogue. Choose between a morning, afternoon or full day tour. The full day trip includes a special panoramic tour of Toledo, offering fantastic photograph opportunities.

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Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Gain a true flavour of Madrid on this unique tour. Combining sightseeing with a tantalizing gastronomic experience, the Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour gives you the chance to discover foods you would never discover on your own. Led by an entertaining foodie guide, you will visit some of Madrid’s finest tapas restaurants and sample local specialities like chorizo in cider washed down with sherry from Andalucia. Learn about local history and traditions while tucking into culinary delights in great company.

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Madrid weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • Jan
  • 11°Feb
  • 15°Mar
  • 18°Apr
  • 21°May
  • 27°Jun
  • 31°Jul
  • 30°Aug
  • 25°Sep
  • 19°Oct
  • 13°Nov
  • Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 39
  • 34
  • 43
  • 48
  • 47
  • 27
  • 11
  • 15
  • 32
  • 53
  • 47
  • 48
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 6
  • 6
  • 8
  • 9
  • 11
  • 12
  • 11
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5

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