Christmas market break in Madrid
Elegant, sweeping boulevards and meticulously manicured parks like the Buen Retiro, surround this central Spanish capital that boasts an artistic pedigree unlike any other.
The third largest EU city after London and Berlin, Madrid has been heavily praised for centuries for its home-grown artistic quality, the likes of which include; Velázquez and Goya among others. Masterpieces by these and other greats such as Dalí and Picasso fill the walls of the city's world-renowned galleries.
Widely considered one of the finest culinary capitals in the world, Madrid doesn't hold back when it comes to innovation and creativity in food, giving rise to the Spanish gastronomic revolution. From sociable tapas recognised the world over, to traditional fine dining beneath stunning vaulted ceilings, Madrid knows how to tantalise your tastebuds and invigorate your culinary mind.
When night falls over Madrid, glamour is the theme of the evening with more cocktail bars and nightclubs than any other city on earth. Meander your way through bustling crowds of glammed-up party-goers and let your self get swept along as you dance till dawn.
Though it may not have the same impact as Paris or Rome, its architectural history still provides a stunning backdrop from royal palaces and medieval mansions of a forgotten era to the modern, contemporary of today, this is a city with more than enough to be proud of.
With temperature ranging from the mid-twenties in summer, to 2°C or 3°C in the winter, and with rainfall concentrated in the Autumn and Spring, its easy to pick the right time to visit.
Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) serves the city, and its local transport provides a simple, reliable way to explore every corner, so getting around couldn't be easier.
There's so much to do and see in Madrid from the more refined art galleries and fine dining establishments to the glitz and glamour of its enviable night life, there really no excuse not to book a weekend break in Madrid for your next trip now.
The festive season is the perfect time of year to visit Madrid. The Christmas market in Madrid generally begins right at the end of November and often continues until the New Year. The nearer to Christmas you go, the busier the whole of Madrid will be, and the higher the price too.
The appetite for European Christmas markets has increased dramatically over the last 5 years among British travellers, and travel companies have responded accordingly, therefore plenty of deals are available. Very cheap offers tend to feature lower quality hotels at the edge of town, while more expensive packages will get you closer to the action. We've searched Virgin Atlantic, Southall Travel, Premier Holidays, Travelzoo, Worldwide Cruises, LivingSocial, The Travel Brand, British Airways, Voyage Prive, Travelscoop, Teletext Holidays, Secret Escapes, Skyscanner, Jet2holidays, Travelzoo, Away Holidays, LoveHolidays and Groupon for Christmas market breaks in Madrid and have listed them below.
If you're not set on Madrid, check out our Guide to booking a Christmas market break for some other destination ideas