A city break in the Spanish capital Madrid can provide so much pleasure for visitors. Located in central Spain, Madrid is the largest city in the country and offers so much tradition, culture, architecture, good food and most of all fun. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, hostels, rental apartments and campsites.
Spain has an excellent golfing tradition over the past few years and there are many courses to be enjoyed in and around Madrid, such as the Real Club de Puerta de Hierro and the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Horse riding is also very popular here with many academies where amateurs can enjoy a ride on horseback. Tennis lovers will find plenty of courts to play on during their stay as well.
Numerous places offer attractions and fun for the family like Casa de Campo, which has swimming and tennis, rowing on an artificial lake as well s a zoo and an amusement park. There are plenty of clubs and bars to visit here and the nightlife tends to start and end very late, with many night establishments open until the early morning hours.
There are many bars and cafes to be found in Madrid and numerous establishments specialise in serving tapas. Hundreds of bars can found in the streets of Madrid serving a tapas accompanied by a small glass of wine or beer. There are plenty of places to go shopping for designer gear, traditional articles or little souvenirs. The district of Salamanca has many of the best shops for jewellery, shoes, leather goods, furniture, gifts, etc, while open-air markets can often be found including the Rastro.
There are many interesting places to visit in Madrid including museums and galleries such as Palacio Real and Museo Del Prado. The city has many beautiful parks and gardens including Jardin Botanico, which features 30,000 different species of plants and trees. Perhaps for football fans a trip to Spain’s capital city would not be complete without a trip to the Bernabeau Stadium, home of Real Madrid with tours offered on non match days. Many excursions can be arranged from Madrid to other places of interest with trains taking visitors to places like Toledo and El Escorial, where there are many grand buildings.
The warmest time of the year to visit Madrid is June, July and August when the average high is approximately 24 to 25 degrees centigrade. These are also the driest months of the year with an average rainfall of between 1mm and 4mm. October is the wettest time of the year with an average rainfall of 94mm.
Madrid Barjas Airport is approximately eight miles from the city centre and has flights to and from most European countries as well as other destinations across the globe through airlines such as easyJet, Ryanair and Iberia. The latter also offers domestic flights to and from Bilbao, Barcelona, Valencia and the Spanish island resorts amongst others. The Metro gets you downtown in about 30 minutes. Shuttle buses are frequent, and there are always taxis available but with the busy traffic in Madrid, the journey may take up to one hour.