Spend a few days holidaying in Madrid
Whether for a family holiday, romantic break or party time with friends, Madrid has plenty to offer travellers looking to get away from it all and see something new. Just a two-hour flight from London and well served by the budget airlines, the city is an ideal destination to spend an inexpensive weekend abroad. And with B&B, you can book a budget hotel in Madrid to escape your routine without breaking the bank. Spain's capital is bursting with things to do: culture, nightlife, tapas… Here's our selection of musts for your time in Madrid.
Explore Madrid – the musts of the Spanish capital
Madrid's different districts
Madrid is a major European capital. Before you set off, it's good to have an idea of what you want to see and where you want to go during your stay to avoid wasting precious time when you're here.
- El Centro, as its name suggests, is in the heart of the city and bursting with history. It too is divided into wards: Palacio, Embajadores, Cortes, Justicia, Universidad and Sol. Set out to explore the centre of Madrid, which has several areas of interest. They include Puerta del Sol, Madrid Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Gran Via, Plaza de España and Plaza de Santa Ana. A busy day in central Madrid in perspective!
- Malasaña, the district north of the capital, is a favourite with hipsters who love strolling through its paved streets and hitting its shops, craft stalls and top restaurants. With its street art and avantgarde atmosphere, Malasaña has a unique charm. Lavapiés to the south is known for its cosmopolitan vibe. And you can eat food from all round the world here. On Sundays, the neighbourhood comes alive around El Rastro, a bustling flea market that we recommend visiting to buy holiday souvenirs.
- Chueca, to the southeast of the city, is quiet and restful during the day but comes to life after dark. This district is the liveliest in Madrid. Its trendy bars, restaurants and clubs still open until the early hours. Not to be missed if you want to spend a weekend partying in Madrid.
- Retiro, to the east, has museums and stunning buildings lining its streets. You'll love strolling through the park of the same name. No visit to Madrid would be complete without a walk through its 125 hectares, which are the city's green lung. Want to get some exercise during your stay? You know where to go!
Visit the Golden Triangle
There are countless museums in Madrid. The Golden Triangle and its three unmissable attractions are musts when you arrive in the Spanish capital. They offer an excellent overview from ancient to contemporary art. World-famous pieces are exhibited here, much to the enjoyment of tourists who visit these magical sites:
- The Prado Museum and its collection of Spanish masters: you can see Goya's The Third of May 1808 and Velasquez's Las Meninas.
- The Reina Sofia National Art Centre, which is set in Madrid's old general hospital and has some of the best-known contemporary artwork. For example, you can contemplate Picasso's Guernica.
- The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum located in the Palace of Villahermosa, where pieces by Dali, Dürer, Caravaggio, Monet, Van Gogh, Hopper and Kandinsky are on display, to name but a few.
Take time to explore Spain's royal sites
Want to see Spain's royal sites? The spectacular complex of palaces, monasteries and convents is managed by the Crown. Although access to the buildings is often limited, just seeing them from the outside is enough to realize the monarchy's importance in Spain. The most popular royal sites in the city are the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Palace of Zarzuela, the Royal Palace of El Pardo, the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales and the Pantheon of Illustrious Men. Tempted by a trip to the heart of Spanish royal life?
Watch a football match
The Spaniards are huge football fans. The Spanish championship is one of the best known in the world. There are three major competitions: La Liga, La Copa del Rey and La Supercopa de España. Love the beautiful game? Get your tickets for a match and head to the Bernabéu to see Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid. You won't be disappointed!
What to eat
Think Spanish food and of course you think tapas, which you can find in bars across Madrid. We almost forget that there are other types of food served in Spain! But many restaurants provide table service with menus and set meals. They often feature classic meat dishes, including the famous Cocido madrileño (local stew), Cochinillo asado (roasted suckling pig), Callos a la madrilène (Madrid-style tripe) or the Jamón that the Spanish love. For something lighter, order fish. B&B recommends Bocadillo de calamares (calamari sandwich), Besugo a la madrilène (bream) or Soldaditos de pavia (small pieces of cod). After a late dinner, you'll love returning to the comfort of your B&B hotel.
Where to stay
Our B&B Madrid Airport Hotel provides inexpensive, modern and comfortable guestrooms. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Madrid on a budget and book yours on our secure official website today!
History and urbanism
Historically, the earliest records of Madrid relate to the Muslim domination towards the end of the 9th century. Later the Christians took back the city without expelling people of other religions. It was partially destroyed during the Peninsular War when many historic buildings were lost. The city was restored in the 19th century and its population has since exploded, with modern constructions trying to meet demand.
Madrid Tourism Office organizes guided tours daily to help you see the city differently. Several routes are available: there's bound to be one for you.
Madrid has a very important history and heritage, outshining other European capitals. With its prestigious museums and historic monuments, you can travel through time!
To soak up Spanish culture, there's nothing better than seeing some flamenco. Many places stage live performances: keep your eyes peeled. If you decide to visit Madrid in October, prepare to celebrate Christopher Columbus's discovery of America during the national holiday known as El Día de la Hispanidad. Every year, Madrid springs to life and organizes all kinds of activities.
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