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Plan Your Madrid Trip With A Little Help From The Locals

If you are thinking of booking a holiday or city break to the Spanish capital then check out the Madrid Tourist Board's new blog. The MTB have come up with a way of sharing some of their insider knowledge. They have brought together local experts, from top restaurateurs, to journalists and art directors, who all live and breathe Madrid on a daily basis. Think of these people as the best online tour guides you can get and you will understand why has become such a popular tool for tourists.

GRAN VÍAVista nocturna.
GRAN VÍAVista nocturna.

Discover hidden gems: visit Bloggin’

Most guide books cover all the big-hitters, from the best museums, art galleries, parks and cathedrals you should visit, on a trip to any major city. Where bloggin’ Madrid comes into its own is with its well-written, bite-sized articles, broken down into sections, such as child-friendly activities or arts and culture, which you can dip in and out of, depending on what you want to do when you get there. It is also updated on a weekly basis, so you can find out what is coming up and worth going to, whenever you plan to travel. You can find out where to go to get the best views of the city or discover secret gardens and unusual shops that might not make the generic guide book cut. They also offer some more quirky insights; for instance cinema buffs can check out Madrid through film director, Pedro Almodóvar's, eyes. We asked the Madrid Tourist Board to explain the concept to us in their own words:

“Can all of Madrid fit into a blog? Of course not! But Bloggin' is a great tool for discovering the city's best kept secrets. Which are precisely the ones our expert contributors tell us about!”

Further help is at hand

From buying a MadridCard, which offers discounts on a host of museums and priority admission to some of the best sights the city has to offer, to booking guided tours and tickets and getting the best deals on public transport; the Madrid Tourist Board offers a one-stop shop to ensure you have everything covered before you fly out. Click on this link to access everything you need to know about this glorious city to help you maximise your time, whether it is for a day trip, weekend city break, or an extended holiday.

Staying there:

Now you have seen all Madrid has to offer, here is our top 3 Madrid hotels, specifically chosen to make sure you have somewhere wonderful to relax in after a day seeing all the recommended sights. Five star: Silken Puerta America  This fabulous hotel, right in the city centre, offers you the chance to experience some futuristic and exclusive design. Each floor is created by a famous architect, such as Norman Foster, so you can start the cultural experience before you even set foot out of your hotel! Four star: Vincci Capitol This hotel, situated in the famous Gran Via of Madrid, in one of the most emblematic buildings in Madrid. Head up to the roof terrace for some stunning city views. Three star:  Petit Palace Tres Cruces  This cool, boutique hotel, also in the heart of the Gran Via area, is a great option. It also prides itself on being pet friendly!

Getting there:

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