City Breaks in Madrid
If you are looking for something more than an average beach holiday or you need a short break to rejuvenate, why not consider a city break in Madrid? Combining cultural attractions and iconic landmarks with fantastic shopping and thriving nightlife, Spain’s lively capital is a great destination for a quick getaway!
The best time to visit Madrid is during the spring or autumn months as throughout these seasons the weather is comfortable. In addition, there are plenty of festivals during these months such as Carnaval on the approach to Lent and Fiesta del Trabajo in May. Indeed, while many people like to go away in the summer, in August, Madrid can be too hot for some people.
Where to Stay in Madrid
With plenty of accommodation available, there is something to suit every occasion and budget. Like most holiday destinations, room prices in Madrid vary according to the season with prices reaching their highest during the peak season.
If you are looking for a cheap city break, you will be pleased to know there is an abundance of cheap accommodation available in Madrid. There are a number of cheap hotels in the heart of the action around Calle de la Montera, the Plaza de Santa Cruz and Calle de Campomanes. Not too far away from the nightlife and close to some of the city’s best attractions, these are great areas to stay.
There are plenty of great midrange hotel options too. From boutique hotels housed in traditional architecture to stylish modern hotels, you are spoiled for choice. In addition, a number of popular chain hotels have a presence in Madrid which offer comfort at a palatable price tag.
At the top end of the spectrum there are a number of luxury hotels which feature stunning designs and every creature comfort you could desire. In addition, if you are looking for a relaxing city break, a number of luxury hotels such as Radisson Blu Hotel offer spa breaks.
Culture City Break
If you are looking for a city break that’s big on cultural attractions, you will love Madrid. There are a number of world-class museums and galleries to visit in Madrid; one of the most notable is Museo del Prado. Situated on Paseo del Prado, Museo del Prado is one of the best art galleries in the world and home to more than 7,000 paintings. Highlights of the collection include work by Velázquez and Goya. The nearby Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is an excellent art history museum too. Here you will find a varied collection of art which spans from medieval times up until the 20th Century.
Madrid is home to some of Spain’s most iconic landmarks such as the Palacio Real and the Plaza de Cibeles. The cavernous Palacio Real has around 2,800 rooms and some of the palace’s most important rooms can be viewed on a guided tour. Synonymous with Madrid, Plaza de Cibeles has a number of neo-classical sculptures and is bordered by four important Spanish buildings: the Cybele Palace, the Bank of Spain, Palacio de Linares and the Palacio de Buenavista.