The largest city in Spain is also its capital – Madrid. It is famous as a great center for culture and art, as well as food-lover’s paradise. Madrid has one of the liveliest and most diverse nightlife scenes in Spain and in all the world.
Madrid is positioned right in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, essentially in the center of Spain. It sits 650 meters above sea level, and from this lofty perch it plays host for tourists who wish to visit some of Spain’s most important and impressive sights, such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Colón, Puerta del Sol, and Palacio Real.
How to get to Madrid
Madrid is well serviced by all forms of transport including plane, train, and bus. It can be easily accessed from mainland Europe by train, and there are many budget airlines that fly directly to Madrid.
The major airport in Madrid is called Madrid Barajas International Airport, about 13 km from the city center. This airport is not only practical, but has won awards for its architectural design as well. If you arrive into Madrid Barajas International Airport you can easily access the city center by the Spanish Metro number 8 (pink line). There is also a commuter train that takes passengers to Sol (the center of Madrid).
What to see in Madrid
The Golden Museum Triangle is a must for any visitor to Madrid. Consisting of Museo del Prado, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, the museums are home to some of Spain and Europe’s most important art. Once you’ve ticked this off, head over to the Palacio Real, one of the most iconic Spanish buildings in all the country. Wandering around the spectacular courtyard is the best way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture and history. Don’t miss the Plaza de España, which contains sculptures of the famous Spanish author, Cervantes, and his most popular characters – Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
What to Eat
A visit to Madrid would not be complete without eating the classic Madrid dishes, Gallinejas and Entresijos. These dishes consist of fried lamb and are very traditional. Vegetarians needn’t despair, Cocido Madrileño is a delicious Madrid dish made from chickpeas and other vegetables (sometimes meat is added, so be sure to let your waiter know you want it meat-free.)
Remember that meals generally happen later in Spain, lunch is usually from 2pm and dinner doesn’t usually get going until 9 or even 10pm.
When to Visit Madrid
There is one thing that you can rely on in Madrid – the sun. In fact, sometimes there’s too much sun and at the height of summer Spain can be unpleasantly hot and dry. Spring and Autumn are ideal times to visit Madrid. The autumn months see a lot of rainfall so it’s best to visit in the spring if you can – April, May, and June. If considering a trip to Madrid, Spain, we have the lowest prices guaranteed. You may view our Madrid hotel selections by clicking the following link: Madrid Hotels. If you are looking for less expensive Madrid hotel rooms you can try this link: Cheap Madrid Hotels.