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13 May 2024 | 3 nights | 2 people
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Madrid: Between the vibrant capital and the tranquillity of a countryside hacienda

£299pp

Breakfast • Flights

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Madrid: Central hotel with superb views of the Royal Palace of Madrid

£227pp

Breakfast • Flights

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Madrid: 2-night city break w/flights

£273pp

Accom only • Flights

2-nights • June

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UNDER £170 | Madrid break in the centre of the city

Accom only • Flights

3-nights • January

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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.

Shopping

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

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

Madrid Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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Seville or Madrid? Which Spanish City is Best for You?

28th March 2024 by Inside the Travel Lab

Let’s put my cards on the table. I’ve lived in Seville and visited Madrid many times. They’re both great places with great options and it’s hard to go wrong. But they are very, very different.  In short, Madrid is more of a sprawling modern capital, even though it has plenty of history. Seville is more walkable, has even more history and character, with whimsical cobblestone streets lined with orange trees. If you’re trying to work out the best place for you to visit, then...

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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. ...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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Unique day trips from Madrid

11th October 2022 by The World in My Pocket

Spain´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...

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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....

Weather in Madrid

Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Madrid

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January
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February
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March
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April
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May
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June
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July
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August
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September
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October
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November
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December