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Madrid, Spain’s already beautiful, feisty capital is being further invigorated, the aim being a cosmopolitan centre to rival the world’s best. The development is not all bricks and mortar – Madrid is now officially one of the “greenest” cities in Europe, with flowers, fountains and trees springing up everywhere. What is unchangeable however, is Madrid’s cultural heritage: the Prado Museum houses one of the world’s greatest art collections, including masterpieces by Velasquez and Goya. The medieval Plaza Mayor is the place to be seen in the evening, order sangria and watch the passing parade. Browse in El Rastro, a flea market bursting with intriguing bric-a-brac. Save up energy for the evening though, because this is when Madrid comes alive.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MADRID




Museo del Prado PRADO MUSUEM

For art lovers. Home to some of Spain’s most famous artists like Goya, Dalí and Gaudí as well as some of the world’s best like Picasso.

Royal Palace THE ROYAL PALACE
 

The Royal Family spend very little time there so it’s almost always open for you to wander through many of the rooms and banquet halls which are extremely lavish.

Buen Retiro Park RETIRO PARK
 

Used to be the Royal Gardens and definitely worth wandering through or stopping for a picnic. There are many street musicians and performers, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers and jugglers to entertain you.

Plaza Mayor PLAZA MAYOR
 

It’s a wonderful big square which looks its best at night. It is full of cafés; sit and watch the world pass you by.

Shopping in Madrid SHOPPING
 

Try Gran Via and Calle de Serrano for great shopping. El Corte Ingles, the Spanish department store chain, sell everything and the best sale time is May-July. Or stroll down Calle de Serrano for some excellent shoe shopping.

Paseo de Recoletos PASEO DE RECOLETOS AND ATOCHA
 

Wander down the Paseo de Recoletos to the Atocha train station and see some wonderful fountains, cafés and sculptures.

Rastro Flea Market THE RASTRO FLEA MARKET
 

It’s a popular visit on a Sunday morning. It is also open on Saturday, which is generally quieter, and you never know what you are going to find. Just keep an eye out for pickpockets.

Flamenco FLAMENCO
 

For a truly memorable experience book the dinner and show at Torres Bermejas. The dancers are passionate and you can’t help but be swept up in their emotional performance..

Plaza de Santa Ana PLAZA DE SANTA ANA
 

A great place to start out the night. The bars and clubs in and around the Plaza are popular with tourists and locals and really warm up around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour TAPAS AND WINE TASTING TOUR
 

Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a 3 our tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample up to 10 delicious tapas dishes at four popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more.

Best of Toledo BEST OF TOLEDO
 

A true melting pot of cultures: Christians, Jews and Muslims have all left their mark on this beautiful medieval city. Check out the serene convent church of San Juan, the chains of the Christian slaves, the remarkable Transito Synagogue and walk the winding cobbled streets.




MADRID ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and lodges in Madrid, Spain.
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Hotel II Castillas
HOTEL II CASTILLAS
★★★

Location location location: it’s just as important for your hotel as it is for your home! And this location really is brilliant; on a quiet street off Gran Via literally in the heart of the city, shops galore on the doorstep, a 5 minute walk to Puerta del Sol and only a few minutes more to Plaza Mayor.
Hotel Regina Madrid
HOTEL REGINA
★★★

Situated in one of the best locations on Alcalá Street, leading directly down to Puerta del Sol Square. Recently renovated, it is the perfect place to stay. Eat out in one of the many restaurants within walking distance, or dine in the Amayra Restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cooking with a modern touch.
Vincci Soho
VINCCI SOHO
★★★★

Just a stone’s throw from Puerta del Sol Square which bustles with street performers, flea markets and local traders – it’s a great place to visit. Make sure you check out the vibrant Plaza de Santa Ana. With traditional pubs and amazing tapas bars in and around the wee lanes off the square, it’s always a great place to start the night.
Hospes Puerta de Madrid
HOTEL HOSPES PUERTA DE ALCALÁ
★★★★
Well located in an enviable position close to the Alcalá Gate, Plaza de Cibeles, Parque del Retiro and not far from the museums. It’s boutique in its style and set in a 19th century home. It’s trendy with its own personality, combining elegance and architecture in keeping with the avant-garde building. In summertime, be sure to try a street side spot at the award-winning ‘Independencia Restaurant’.





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