Lively pavement cafes, plentiful culture and gorgeous green spaces - the Spanish capital certainly has a lot to offer its visitors. Holidays in Madrid make great city breaks for families, couples and groups of friends too. Home to some of Spain’s most famous art (including Picasso’s Guernica), Madrid is a haven for culture vultures. Sports fans flock to Real Madrid stadium and families love the city’s theme parks. And you don’t have to travel too far out of the city to see more of Spain’s most famous sights, including historic Toledo. Madrid holidays have something for everyone – whether it’s sightseeing and eating out, or kicking back and relaxing in atmospheric Retiro Park. And because it takes around two hours to fly here from the UK, Madrid city breaks are just perfect for long weekends.
Youll find plenty to see and do on city breaks in Madrid. Theres shopping, sightseeing and peoplewatching aplenty. Sprawling Retiro Park is a favourite haunt of locals and tourists alike, with its botanical gardens, street entertainers and grand boating lake. Catch a glimpse of worldfamous artworks in The Prado and Reina Sofia galleries. For a family day out, take the el Telefrico, the cable car over Casa de Campo to the the Parque de Atracciones amusement park. Further afield, Toledo makes for an interesting excursion, with its pretty buildings and important religious memorials.
As youd expect from a city of its size, Madrid has an eclectic nightlife, with areas and scenes to suit most tastes. This place is famous for having more bars per capita than any other European city! Around main square Sol, youll find a huge choice of bars, many with traditional Spanish tiling and decor. Some establishments serve up tapas with orders of beer and sangria. The hippest haunts in Madrid are in the Lavapis and Malasaa districts, Huertas is home to the large clubs that often play host to big name DJs and Chueca has a vibrant gay scene. Just like in the rest of Spain, the real partying tends to start after midnight. Whatever your idea of a great night out, theres something for you on Madrid holidays.
Madrid is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and home to a plethora of restaurants. Youll spot all the big name fast food joints and coffee shops here, as well as some smaller, independent establishments. International options include Lebanese cafes, shisha bars and Chinese buffets. But no Madrid holiday would be complete without typically Spanish food. Pull up a table at a pavement cafe, order sangria or beer and tapas and watch the city go by.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country
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