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Barajas Airport (Mad) - Ifema Trade Fair Gran Via - Puerta Del Sol
30 July 2022 | 3 nights | 2 people

About Madrid

This colourful, cosmopolitan city is one of the world's great capitals. Stately and historical, yet exuberantly modern, this city comes to life at night - if you have trouble staying up, the secret is a siesta!

Food and drink

When eating out in Madrid you can experience a variety of Spanish fare. The cuisine of Pais Vasco (the Basque country) and Catalunya are the greatest admired. Purrusalda, a leek and potato soup frequently including bacalao (cod) is an example of the Basque cookery whilst Ilagosta a la Catalan, Catalan lobster in a pepper, tomato, brandy and wine sauce, sometimes with almonds and chocolate, is a must if it is on the menu. A speciality dish of Madrid is bartolillos, triangles filled with custard and deep-fried.

Probably the best place to go for a traditional Spanish tapas is Plaza Santa Ana. Tortilla de patatas (potato omelette), al bondigas (meat balls in tomato sauce) and ailoli (garlic mayonnaise) served with rustic bread are some of the most popular.


You can find just about everything in Madrid. Some of the best souvenir shops are scattered in and around the arcades of Plaza Major, which is also known for its numerous specialist shops.

Followers of fashion should head to Calle Almirante and the Salamanca district for the small designer boutiques and outlets. Take a stroll down the cosmopolitan and dynamic Grand Via one of the city's most popular shopping streets.

When to visit

If you're planning a holiday in Madrid, our top picks for the best time to travel would be andarch


Far more bearable than its sweltering summers, Madrid lets loose in March when warmer weather sweeps in, locals hit the street to sip cocktails and dance until dawn and the city comes to life

Things to do in Madrid

Madrid Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers


18th February 2022 by Urban Travel Blog

Long Weekend: Madrid

If there’s one thing Madrid won’t tolerate, it’s being second best. Situated in the heart of the country, the city prides itself on being the pinnacle of Spanish culture, art and style. Madrid’s buzzing atmosphere, diverse cultural events and resplendent architecture – even the Post Office building is a work of art here – more than justify its status as Spain’s capital. Yet this beautiful, land-locked city is often shunned in favour of Barcelona’s coastal charms....


29th November 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

10 best things to do in Madrid, Spain

A city known for its stylish boulevards and museums, Madrid is Spain’s capital. If you want to see a lot of European art collections, then you won’t regret going here. Furthermore, its famous calamari sandwich is one of the reasons why people from all over the world decide to discover this city. So for your future reference, below is a list of the best things to do in Madrid, Spain....


28th July 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to enjoy Madrid’s Literary Quarter – The gorgeous Barrio de Las Letras

In the “literary quarter” in Madrid, poetry spills across the streets in flattened golden letters. Bodegas serve cerveza, bitter green olives and fried potato til near the break of dawn. And nuns still keep their silence behind the red brick walls of a nunnery that’s centuries old....


24th March 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to spend a perfect week in Spain

When it comes to spending a week in Spain, you'll find many ways to slice and dice an itinerary. Spain's a fascinating country with different languages, landscapes and loves. Here's our inside itinerary for one week in Spain for first-timers. Plus, some suggestions for secret spots and the next places to visit. First of all, you need to make your peace with the fact that you cannot hope to see it all. Spain is a big place, with culture and atmosphere crammed into every last rocky cove, grand...


12th February 2021 by Andy

Cheapest places to holiday in January

Forget the typical New Year’s Resolutions of dieting, exercising and saving money – and kick the New Year off with a holiday instead! After all, it’s cold and you’ve probably spent far too much time indoors, wondering where to put all your Christmas presents.In the tropics, you’ll find perfect weather and the southern hemisphere is in sun-filled party mode for the entire month. If you’re not aching for the sun, but can’t wait to hit the slopes instead, Europe’s best ski resorts...


1st July 2021 by John

Cheapest places to holiday in September

If you’re planning a holiday for September, you’re in luck! It’s one of the best months of the year to travel, with mild weather in many of the world’s top locations and far fewer tourists to contend with for a spot on the sand. Best of all, you’ll see prices drop for accommodation, flights and even food, as the summer crowds leave to return home.Here’s a look at our top September destinations, so keep your eyes peeled for fantastic discounts on Travelscoop and pick your favourite...

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