Hotels & Accommodation – Madrid, Spain
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The cosmopolitan capital of Spain is such a diverse and exciting place. Swarming with rich culture, extensive nightlife and shopping. Madrid is a vibrant and welcoming place for travellers and holidaymakers alike. Madrid is the 3rd largest city within the EU is home to some of the world’s most famous art and architecture! It holds many fantastic and interesting museums, even the post office is a work of art here!
Madrid is often shunned and overlooked in place of Barcelona’s golden sands and famous nightlife. Spain’s capital which is in the centre of the country, although it doesn’t have beaches has plenty more to offer. and prides itself on being the apex of Spanish culture. Whether you choose to stay in the upmarket area of Salamanca or in the old city of Centro we can promise that Madrid will not disappoint!
Nightlife in Madrid never stops! If you have ever heard of the saying “Madrid never sleeps” then this is where it comes from! Monday to Sunday can party until the early hours! Raving nightclubs, swanky wine bars and pubs, this city has it all.
Party starts late in Madrid, most big clubs don’t even open their doors until after 12 am! At which time a lot of people are ready for a warm cuppa and slippers! But not the Madrilenos, they know how to party! People usually gather around 8 pm for nibbles and tapas with friends and then move onto either a bigger meal or drinks in a local bar.
At around 1 am the party moves onto the bigger clubs which remain open until around 6 am! After that its straight for breakfast, Churros and chocolate! If you feel you can keep up the pace, experiencing this crazy nightlife and the extravagant nightclubs is a must! However, if you prefer to be in bed up by 1 am there are plenty of bars & pubs to suit all tastes.
As with most cities, public transport is a better option than a car due to traffic. When you arrive in Madrid you have the option to buy a “tourist travel pass.” Tourist Travel Pass can cover two separate zones (A and T).
Which zone you buy it for depends on the areas you want to visit. You can use the pass for an unlimited amount of times on the specified day and is available to buy 7 days beforehand if required.
The more days you buy the cheaper it is. Zone T covers all Zone A and more, Zone A is more restrictive. All tourist passes are loaded onto the electronic travel card called “Tarjeta Multi”
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The second option if you do not want to pay for a tourist travel pass or intend to travel more by foot is to purchase the “Tarjeta Multi” for €2.50 and top it up with pay per ride tickets.
*Prices are for over 12 years old, under 12 receive 50% discount and under 4s travel free of charge*
The tourist travel pass works out the cheapest option if you intend to do some sightseeing and really travelling the city. It covers, metros, buses, shuttles and light rail trains. The Pass cannot be used on the high-speed trains.
Top 3 places to see in Madrid
Royal Palace in Madrid is the official house of the Emperors of Spain. Although they don’t actually live there and it is only used for events such as state ceremonies.
The Palace is the largest in western Europe and covers an impressive 135,000 square meters! It attracts thousands of tourists each year and is one of Madrid’s main tourist attraction.
Inside is furnished with lavish dressings from the tastes of Charles the III. Visitors can wander around its many rooms and banqueting halls. These include the throne room, Royal armoury, residential areas and Royal pharmacy!
To be precise there are over 2,800 of them although not all are open to the public eye. It is an impressive site from the outside and well worth the visit. There are both guided and unguided tours available to book. Queues can get quite big so try to arrive as early as possible.
Known as one of the best museums in the world. Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) is Spain’s national art museum. It displays some of the finest European art in the world and has pieces dating from the 12th to early 20th century.
This museum has superb works by Spanish masters such as Velázquez, El Greco and Goya. But has wonderful Italian and Flemish collections too. Collections include paintings by Raphael, Titian and Tintoretto, Bosch and Rubens.
There are also usually at least two temporary exhibitions running. whether you’re an art lover or not you will love such exquisite and magnificent masterpieces.
El Retiro Park
A trip to Madrid isn’t complete without walking through this green wonderland in the city’s centre known as “the Lungs of Madrid!”
The park covers an amazing 125 hectares of land and is home to over 15,000 trees! These include Madrid’s oldest cypress tree approximately 400 years old! This lush oasis offers cultural, historical, leisure and sporting activities to its visitors with rowing being among one of the most popular.
Until the late 19th century this green paradise belonged to the Spanish Monarchy. In 1767 it was opened as a public park after the gardens became neglected due to the death of Philip IV. The park has since been used as a venue for many international exhibitions.
From May to October, every Sunday live music can be heard from the bandstand. People come to enjoy the music and can be seen picnicking among the parks luscious green grass.
Around the lake, puppet shows are performed for children along with various street performers and fortune tellers. The atmosphere is one that you need to experience and its magical memories will last a lifetime.