A cosmopolitan hub of history, artistry and nocturnal energy - experience Madrid’s intoxicating blend of tradition, modernity and culture. The Spanish capital is simply bursting with culture and buzzing with a unique energy that is impossible to resist.
Take time to enjoy the splendour of this buzzing city –explore by foot or bicycle to take in the sights as you go. Admire treasured artworks by eminent Spanish artists at the world-renowned Prado Museum. Marvel stunning architecture and majestic monuments and shop ‘til you drop at El Corte Inglés. Then once darkness falls, embrace the exuberant nightlife. Madrid has more bars than any other city in the world, but this is just part of the appeal. Dining out and dancing until dawn is a genuine pleasure that must be experienced - there’s no doubt about it, the Madrileños know how to live.
For lovers of opera and classical music, a visit to the beautiful 19th century Teatro Real, in the aptly-named Opera district, is simply a must. A few short steps away from the theatre is the Royal Palace, where stunning architecture and its famous Royal Armoury make this historic landmark another essential sight. The 4 star Hotel Opera is close by. Watch the world go by over coffee at Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s grand square at the heart of the historic Hapsburg district.
Stroll along the Gran Vía and admire the ornate architecture that surrounds you on this thriving avenue. Discover a high-street shopping paradise here, or take in a movie at one of an array of enormous cinemas. At nearby Puerta del Sol, absorb the energy on the buzzing main square and photograph the famous monuments. The 3 star Petit Palace Tres Cruces boutique hotel on Gran Vía enjoys a perfect location for exploring Madrid’s thriving epicentre.
The crowning glory of Madrid’s green oasis is the beautiful El Retiro Park. Hire a rowing boat and cruise across the park’s stunning lake centrepiece. Visit the impressive glass Palacio de Cristal and enjoy romantic or family picnics on summer days. Combine park relaxation with a feast of culture at the nearby trio of world-class art galleries that is the famous Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums. Stay at the Hotel Ritz Madrid next to the Prado.
On luxury Madrid city breaks, be sure to make your way to the affluent Salamanca district and its famous Calle Serrano shopping mile. For high-end fashion and jewellery, there is nowhere better in the capital. A host of restaurants can be found in the area where you can satisfy your appetite after a day of retail therapy. Complete your luxury experience by staying at the 5 star Hotel Villa Magna, which boasts sumptuous rooms scented with the hotel’s exclusively created perfume.
Discover alternative clothing boutiques and hunt for antiques in the Bohemian La Latina district. With a unique character and energy filtering through its attractive streets, La Latina is the place to go for tapas and buzzing bars. Bargain-browsing at the district’s legendary El Rastro flea market on Sunday mornings is an absolute must on Madrid holidays. Clothing, jewellery, antiques and all manner of bric-a-brac can be bought and sold at this sprawling market.