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Culture and history near Madrid holiday lettings

From the grand Plaza Mayor to the rambunctious bars of lively Chueca, the trodden cobbles of the Barrio de las Letras to the fizzing tapas joints of La Latina, Madrid is a place that plays to the soul. Its handsome architecture is fit for Spanish monarchs, with richly ornate Baroque churches and the ornamental tracery of soaring Gothic spires. There are museums that burst with masterworks – Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, you name it. There are parks like El Retiro, where Madrilenos boat and picnic. There are kitchens that churn out Iberian hams and huevos rotos under vaulted ceilings or in the shadow of great cathedrals. Madrid holiday rentals await…

History

History and culture near Madrid holiday homes

Madrid has a plethora of historic attractions to delight the history buff. Holiday homes are available near fascinating locations like El Retiro Park, a 19th-century park with a boating lake and rose garden near numerous fountains and statues, and the Temple of Debod, an ancient Egyptian temple and museum in a parkland. You could also visit Palacio de Cristal, a historic 19th-century glasshouse containing contemporary art and temporary exhibitions.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Madrid holiday lettings

Culture vultures will want to seize the best Madrid holiday rentals close to the Golden Triangle of Art. That's the art and history hotpot of the capital, numero uno for portraiture and modernism. An undisputed must is the great Museo del Prado. Get ready to strike entries from the cultural bucket list as you come face to face with works by Goya, El Greco, Dürer, Caravaggio – the list goes on. The Thyssen-Bornemisza soon takes up the gauntlet, touting Holbein paintings and works by Van Gogh. Then there's Reina Sofia and the mind-boggling canvasses of one Pablo Picasso.

Activities

What to do near Madrid holiday homes

There's not just one Madrid. There are 100s. That's just what happens in a city so vast, so cultured, so venerable. Take some time to wander the various barrios and you'll see the different faces. You'll spy out the ghosts of Cervantes and Quevedo in the shadows of the Barrio de las Letras. You'll find masterful Spanish cooks touting the secrets of tapas in Conde Duque and beyond. On the Gran Via, it's all about swish shopping and strutting your stuff, while Chueca thumps with electronica and life until the early hours. And that's just a taster.

Weather

Local weather during your stay in Madrid holiday homes

Madrid doesn't grind to a halt in the winter, like other capitals around the globe. If it's cold, the Madrilenos simply leave the parks and hit the tapas bars or go underground in the dives of happening Chueca. The museums also stay open, which means there's plenty to be said about a city break here between December and March. The warmer months, from mild May in spring, through scorching August in summer, to September in autumn, are when life goes al fresco – the cantinas spill onto the plazas and things really swing in the Spanish capital.

Natural features

A wild side awaits in Madrid

Madrid holiday rentals are great for exploring the heart of one of Europe's most vibrant capitals. They can also offer a taste of wilder Spain – you just have to know where to look. Those on foot can hit the Casa de Campo, which straddles the Manzanares River, with its zoo enclosures and fountain-spurting lakes. Those with a car could drive further out – out to the wide rivers and eagle-spotted skies of the Parque Regional del Curso Medio range, perhaps. Or out to where the boulders and carved peaks of the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares are washed by waterfalls and mountain streams.

How to get there

How to get to and around Madrid

The nearest airport is in Madrid (MAD-Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas), located 7.9 mi (12.8 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Madrid Recoletos Station, Madrid Principe Pio Station and Madrid Atocha Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Madrid by catching a ride on the metro at Sol Station, Gran Via Station or Callao Station.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Madrid

If you’re planning a couple’s retreat, Madrid boasts an array of romantic locations for a memorable trip. Holiday rentals are available near places like Barrio de La Latina, a lively barrio with bars and markets along ancient streets, and Cybele Palace, a beautiful palace with lavish furnishings and ornate architecture. You could also visit the Plaza de Oriente, a historic square with an opera house, theatre, palace and monument.

How many holiday rentals are available around Madrid?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,084 holiday lettings around Madrid. From 2,609 flats & apartments to 7 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Madrid?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Madrid:

  • Adelfas: 80 holiday homes
  • Centro: 2,032 holiday homes
  • Embajadores: 1,543 holiday homes
  • Tetuán: 167 holiday homes
  • Plaza Mayor: 1,424 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Madrid?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Madrid. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Parque de Berlin: 3,036 holiday lettings
  • Plenilunio Shopping Area: 3,032 holiday lettings
  • Madrid Atocha Station: 3,032 holiday lettings
  • Feria de Madrid: 3,033 holiday lettings
  • Gate of Europe: 3,037 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Madrid listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in Madrid?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 2,609 Flats in Madrid. Our other popular types of Madrid holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 7 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 290 self catering accommodations
  • Studios: 2,552 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Madrid?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 213 holiday homes with pool available in Madrid. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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