Departure28 December 2023 I'm flexible
Nights1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
BoardAll-inclusive Full-board Half-board Breakfast Self catering Room only
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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 March
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
Madrid to Seville via Mérida – an inspiring Spanish road trip
14th November 2023 by Globalmouse Travels
We’re big fans of hitting the open road when we’re travelling and love to discover places off the beaten track. Spain with its rich history, stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable family road trip. One of our favourite Spanish road trip routes takes you from the bustling capital of Madrid to the enchanting city of Seville, passing through the historical gem of Mérida along the way. ...
Day trips from Madrid – the ideal hub for exploring Spain by train
4th October 2023 by Ladies What Travel
Day trips from Madrid are a fantastic way to explore the diverse beauty of Spain. With its central location, Madrid serves as an excellent base for venturing out and discovering the country's many treasures. Whether you're interested in historical sites, picturesque landscapes, or vibrant cities, there's something for everyone within easy reach of the Spanish capital. From the stunning architecture of Toledo to the medieval charm of Segovia, these day trips offer a glimpse into Spain's rich...
10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Spain in Autumn
5th August 2023 by Where Angie Wanders
Spain offers a wide variety of destinations to discover, and autumn presents an ideal opportunity to explore them. The climate during this season is typically delightful, with temperatures ranging from the low to mid-20s. Whether you're seeking vibrant cities, picturesque coastal towns, or charming countryside retreats, Spain has it all. So, pack your bags and get ready to embark on a memorable autumn getaway in this beautiful country....
Is Madrid Worth Visiting? 20 Reasons Why You Should Visit Madrid
3rd July 2023 by Italian Trip Abroad
It is a pleasure to introduce you to Madrid, one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe. The answer to the question, 'Is Madrid worth visiting?' is an unequivocal yes. The city is stunning, vibrant and friendly, and can be explored on a budget. It is rare to find a city that so effortlessly blends history, culture and modernity. There are countless reasons why Madrid should be on your travel list....
Unique day trips from Madrid
11th October 2022 by The World in My Pocket
SpainÂ´s vibrant capital city is full of engaging things to see and do that can keep the budding explorer occupied for weeks on end. What’s more, the surrounding landscape of Madrid and nearby cities contain a wealth of potential day trips for the adventurous. There are some amazing place where you can go for some of the most unique day trips from Madrid. Whether it be taking in the views whilst hiking in the nearby snow-capped mountains, exploring the castles and monasteries of ancient...
31 interesting facts about Madrid you don’t already know
27th September 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab
With wide boulevards, leafy streets, world class art, thumping bodegas and arguably the best football team on the planet, Madrid sits firmly in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula as one of the cities of the world. I miss my days passing through this city en route to adventures around the world. But whether you're looking for a fun city break in Madrid or using it as a base for one of these Spanish road trips, it's fun to learn more about this European capital....
Long Weekend: Madrid
18th February 2022 by Urban Travel Blog
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....
Weather in Madrid
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Madrid