As one of Spain's most cosmopolitan cities, visitors flock to Madrid in large numbers every year. Experience what makes Madrid so special - from its stunning architecture and world-class cultural attractions to its extensive nightlife and entertainment.
The charming capital of Spain, Madrid entices visitors with its great monuments, lively nightlife and acclaimed art museums. Choose all-inclusive holidays to Madrid to get the best deal on hotels and flights, leaving you in complete control of your budget.
You can start by exploring the city’s ancient landmarks. Choose hotels near the stunning Plaza de Oriente Square to stay close to the heart of Madrid. Inside the square you’ll find the masterpiece of mathematics that is the Statue of Felipe IV. With the horse rearing up, the weight of the statue balances on its rear legs. It’s also the best place in the city to watch the sunset. Meanwhile, next door sits the stately 18th century Royal Palace. It’s no longer the royal family’s home. But it is used for state occasions and it’s open to the public, so you can go in and nose around. Inside, you’ll find weapons, striking suits of armour and lavishly decorated rooms filled with art and antiques.
Save on cheap holidays to Madrid through lastminute.com and you can make the most of your spare cash with a day of shopping. If you want to hunt for bargains, El Rastro, Madrid’s open-air flea market is the place to go. This market dates back to the 19th century and has stalls packed with antiques and vintage clothing. If designer shopping is more your thing head to Madrid’s Golden Mile, in the Salamanca District. Packed with luxury shops, you can treat yourself to a new look fresh off the catwalk. Big brands including Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Louis Vuitton have all set up shop here. You can also try Calle de Claudio Coello for boutique shopping including Delitto e Castigo which stocks unique pieces by the likes of Issey Miyake, along with other top designers.
Madrid has three of the most important art galleries in the world, all within short walking distance of each other. You can explore Madrid’s Golden Triangle by starting with The Prado Museum. Walk the grand halls to ponder over one of the finest collections of European art from the 12th to the 19th century. Works on show include The Nobleman with his hand on his Chest by El Greco and The Family of Carlos IV by Goya. Next on the art trail is the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía which holds treasures of contemporary art. Don’t miss one of the 20th century’s most famous paintings, Picasso's Guernica. Meanwhile, a visit to The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will give you an overview of art from the 13th to the late 20th century.
Madrid is a city that comes alive at night so the fun needn’t end after dark. From tapas bars and cocktail bars to live music venues and jazz lounges, there are plenty of options to fill each night of your cheap holiday to Madrid. If you haven’t seen a live flamenco show yet, Madrid is the place to see it. You’ll find vibrant shows in the city’s theatres and small song and dance performances in the tablaos.
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