If you’re looking for a Spanish city destination for your 2021 holiday, Madrid offers the best of Europe’s premier urban destinations with fascinating attractions and history as well. Spain’s capital city is vibrant and cosmopolitan, with world-class attractions such as museums, art galleries and historic attractions that make for an unforgettable European city break. Flights and accommodation in Madrid can be very reasonable, so get looking for those cheap holidays.
Madrid has been the capital of Spain since 1561 and offers a strong focus on the finer things in life, art, music and culture. The urbanised modern city sprawls eastwards into the 19th century Barrio de Salamanca, and north to the neighbours of Chamartin and Chamberi. You can also explore the old quarters of Madrid, including the Parque del Buen Retiro, to enjoy the scenic views of historic red-tiled rooves and church spires.
In addition to the majestic city architecture, Madrid offers a vibrant and artistic lifestyle and touches of nature in the form of parks dotted throughout the city. Whether you’re looking to stay for a weekend or are enjoying a break in Madrid for a week or longer, the capital city of Spain is the ideal setting for your next holiday adventure.
Why book Madrid holidays
Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina & Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are the big three
Plaza Mayor is the city's main square, filled with shops, cafes and restaurants
El Retiro Park is as romantic as it gets, admire the fountains, have a picnic and enjoy a boat ride on the lake
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Don't miss the Royal Palace of Madrid, this beautiful building is well-worth the photo op, as well as its majestic gardens
Fab shopping scene
Walk down Gran Via for all your shopping needs, from high street favourites to designer brands you love
Explore the local markets
Taste the best of Madrid cuisine at Mercado de San Miguel or head to El Rastro for the city's flea market
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Your guide to Madrid holidays
Madrid is famous for its rich history and diverse culture, and with a wide range of attractions and activities there is something for everyone. The best thing about Madrid is that it offers a fuss-free city break, with a number of excellent attractions and restaurants within easy reach. The Puerta del Sol is the vibrant plaza at the heart of Madrid, a place where tourists and locals alike congregate to enjoy festivals, street performances and open-air parties that embody the vibrant spirit of the capital city. Another great feature of Madrid is the year-round gorgeous weather, which makes it easy to enjoy a summer vibe no matter what time of year you visit. The top attractions here make good use of the pleasant climate, such as heading to the Parque del Oeste, the city’s botanical gardens with incredible landscapes perfect for relaxing with family and romantic picnics as a couple.
While there’s no beach in Madrid itself, there are plenty of lovely beaches in the surrounding area if you’re searching for a place to cool off in the sea breeze or top up your holiday tan. While Madrid is land-locked in the heart of the country, the city has been cleverly designed with the needs of tourists and locals alike in mind. There are a number of public pools in close proximity to Madrid, meaning you don’t have to go to the beach to enjoy a refreshing swim. Alberche Beach is around an hour’s journey from Madrid and features a scenic riverside spot with sandy beaches and warm waters, ideal for swimming, paddling or renting boats. Nearby you’ll also find the Embalse de Picadas, a lake nestled in stunning green pine forests which separates you from the urbanised areas if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle. Here you’ll find a recreation area with space for a picnic or barbecue, fresh water and scenic landscapes.
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