With so much to see and do, holidays in Madrid make amazing city breaks for families, couples, groups or solo travellers. Whether you are viewing priceless works of art, including Picasso’s Guernica in one of the many art galleries, learning about history and culture in the various museums or taking in some fresh air in Retiro Park, or one of the city’s many other perfectly-manicured parks and gardens, Madrid holidays are sure to create unforgettable memories! Located in the heart of Spain, the centrally-located capital of Madrid is a city like no other. Visitors can enjoy fine cuisine and cocktails all year-round in the endless choice of authentic bars, cafes and restaurants, see critically-acclaimed shows in stunning theatres and auditoriums, or take a tour through world-renowned historic sites such as the magnificent Royal Palace of Madrid – the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family and, with over 2,000 rooms, the largest of its kind throughout Europe! For sports fans, a holiday to Madrid would not be complete without a trip to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid, while families can enjoy days out to several amusement parks in Madrid, or within easy reach. Parque Warner Madrid or Madrid's Theme Park offer rollercoasters, family-friendly rides and live entertainment, whilst at Aquópolis on the Costa Dorada, make a splash on thrilling water slides - the perfect way to cool down in the height of the Spanish summer! Speaking of which, if visiting during the warmer months, plan for afternoon siestas as temperatures soar into the late thirties during the daytime. However evenings tend to be cooler as air blows in from the surrounding Sierra mountains. The city is fairly dry, and even in winter holidaymakers can expect up to five hours of sunshine, meaning holidays to Madrid are a fabulous choice all year-round. To book your perfect holiday to Madrid, or other delightful Spanish destinations including Seville, Barcelona and Valencia, speak to Hays Travel - the UK’s Best High Street Travel Agent. We have over 35 years of experience in booking Spanish holidays, so you can trust us to book a trip that you will never forget.
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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