Apartments in Madrid – Short Term Holiday Rentals
Madrid is a city with many different faces. It’s an art lovers dream with its huge collection of impressive art spanning numerous museums and galleries. It’s also a foodie heaven, boasting an exciting selection of nouveau Spanish restaurants and fusion cuisine. And then there’s the nightlife. Madrid is well known for its after-dark antics, and is home to several super clubs and whole streets filled with bars. But it’s the atmosphere that makes Madrid so appealing, with its lively buzz and energy that pulses around every inch of it. Whichever side of the city you’re looking to explore, check into one of our affordable apartments in Madrid to ensure you have the best trip possible. For a variety of accommodation options, have a browse through our cheap studios and intimate, boutique flats dotted throughout the city – there’s something for everyone.
The Golden Triangle of Art - Things to do in Madrid
- Museo Nacional Del Prado – Madrid’s top national art museum is situated right in the centre of the city and boasts an impressive collection of European art.
- Buen Retiro Park – Take a day to stroll around the lush greenery of this huge, central park which boasts a peaceful lake, manicured gardens, and some interesting architecture.
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – Usually just shortened to the Thyssen, this art museum is situated in the Golden Triangle and displays work by a number of well-known modern artists.
- Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – This is the third museum in the Golden Triangle and is dedicated to showcasing 20th Century art.
- Plaza Mayor – Perhaps the most iconic scene in Madrid, the Plaza Mayor is a grand square lined with impressive architecture and an array of upmarket restaurants.
- Royal Palace of Madrid – A grand example of Spanish architecture which is also the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family.
- Temple of Debod – Actually built in Aswan in Egypt, this ancient Egyptian temple was gifted to Madrid and now takes pride of place in the city centre.
- Plaza de Cibeles – This square is one of the city’s focal points, boasting a series of neo-classical sculptures and breath-taking, intricate architecture.
- Gran Via – Shopping enthusiasts should head straight to Gran Via, a wide boulevard peppered with boutique shops and classy cocktail bars.
- National Archaeological Museum of Spain – Sitting shoulder to shoulder with Madrid’s library, this museum highlights ancient civilisations and old relics.
- Sorolla Museum – Originally Joaquin Sorolla’s house, this building was converted into a museum to showcase the works of its previous owner.
- Museum of Lazaro Galdiano – Situated in the heart of Madrid, this museum displays the art collection of Jose Lazaro Galdiano.
- Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – The official football ground of Real Madrid is one of the best-known in Europe. Visitors can wander through the grounds, discover the history of the club in the trophy room, and grab a drink at the bar.
- San Francisco el Grande Basilica – Located in the downtown Barrio of La Latina, this Roman Catholic Church features huge frescos and ceiling murals.
- Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida – This quirky, neo-classical chapel is famous for its incredible domed frescoes painted by local artist, Goya.
- Museum Cerralbo – A former artist’s residence, this grand museum houses the art collection of Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa, Marquis of Cerralbo.
- Church of San Antonio de los Alemanes – Well-known for its gold-studded, intricate Baroque interior, this church has been named Bien de Interes Cultural.
- Almudena Cathedral – This fairytale palace is the Catholic cathedral of Madrid and boasts an impressive selection of rooms spanning the entire building.
- Plaza de Espana – Another of Madrid’s famous squares, the Plaza de Espana is a popular meeting point for tourists and is situated at the far end of Gran Via.
- El Rastro – The city’s most popular open air market which takes place every Sunday, selling a variety of knickknacks, textiles, and accessories.
We have numerous budget holiday rentals and affordable apartments in Madrid that are located in and around Madrid’s major attractions.
Forget Flamenco – The Music Scene in Madrid
Yes, Madrid is well-known for its Flamenco performances, but the city is also a hot-bed of other genres and styles of music. Throughout the winding streets, you’ll find numerous hidden bars tucked away underground, providing small intimate spaces to enjoy new music and a few drinks. Jazz is particularly popular, and you can always find great bands at Café Central and Populart, and the independent music scene is strong in venues such as Sala Sol and Sirocco. The big super clubs like Pacha and Kapital regularly showcase up-and-coming Spanish DJs, too, and are always worth a visit if you fancy dancing the night away. Many of our Madrid apartments can be found in these areas, so take your pick for the perfect place to stay.
The Perfect Night out in Madrid
Nights out in Madrid usually start at around 8pm, when friends gather to share a few glasses of wine, beer, and some tapas. Head to the Cava Baja area or any of the narrow streets in La Latina which are full of intimate bars. At 10pm it’s time for dinner and to move onto drinks that are a little stronger – order some classic cocktails to get you going. If you’re thinking of going clubbing, don’t bother leaving the bar until at least 1.30am which is when most clubs start to fill up. Luckily, they’re open until 6am, so you have plenty of time to soak up the hedonistic night life in Madrid.
Finding Madrid accommodation to suit your style of travel is a piece of cake. There are so many options to choose from regardless of budget or interests. The historic backdrop offers the perfect canvas for age-old hotels that have delivered top-notch Spanish service for many years, whilst the up-and-coming design scene in the city has led to numerous boutique hotels popping up in recent years. In addition, there are a whole host of unique apartments dotted around, which give visitors ample time to explore the city and its cultural, foodie, and nightlife scenes.
Mapping Madrid – Getting There and Around
Madrid’s main airport is Barajas Airport and it is located 12km from the city centre. There are numerous transport options for getting into town, including the efficient and cheap metro system that services the whole city. There are also a number of buses that run directly from the airport to the city centre and a reliable network of train services that do the same. It’s also fairly cheap to grab a taxi from outside the terminals as the airport is so close to the centre.
Getting around Madrid is really easy, too, thanks to the extensive metro system that connects all the major attractions and more, and the range of buses that offer an over-ground way of seeing the city whilst getting from one place to the next.