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The Spanish capital is a perfect destination for those in search of a cultural holiday sampling some of the best food in the world. Madrid is one of the European cities with the best museums and with architecture from its golden era that is still perfectly preserved. It’s a city that lives between its past and present, so rent apartments in Madrid and come and enjoy one of the cities in Europe that has the most to offer to all its visitors.
What not to miss in Madrid
It’s complicated to summarise the best of Madrid due to its variety and quality. What nobody can miss out on is its Triangle of Art, three of the best museums in Europe, the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía, all a stone’s throw from each other, next to the Park of El Retiro. From the famous Puerta del Sol and its Kilometre 0 you get onto Calle Mayor and from there to Plaza Mayor, one of the architectonic landmarks of the highest value in the city. At the end of the street you find the Palacio Real and the Almudena Cathedral, two of the most important buildings in Madrid. Further towards the centre, the Gran Vía is one of Madrid’s hot spots, with commercial and leisure areas for all tastes. Also, don’t miss out on Castilian cuisine in the many taverns around the city, nor the Cibeles and Neptune squares, symbolic squares with Neo-classic sculptures.
Where to stay in Madrid
Centro is where the Puerta del Sol, Calle Mayor and most of the tourist landmarks are. In any case, Madrid is much more than that. Malasaña is an alternative area with nice bars and cafes, perfect to relax when you leave your cheap apartments in Madrid, although nothing more bohemian than the chic cafes and clubs in La Latina. Chueca is similar but with much more character, with many designer shops and the gay district in Madrid par excellence. The Gran Vía is where all the commercial and leisure activity in Madrid is centred, the street that never sleeps. For those in search for luxury and exclusivity, Salamanca is most definitely the part of the city to be in.
When to visit Madrid
Madrid has a continental Mediterranean climate, which means that summers are very hot and winters are cold. That’s why visiting the Spanish capital during spring or autumn is perfect in terms of weather, with temperatures around 60ºF and infrequent rain, as well as having less tourists. Enjoying Madrid comfortably is a luxury within everyone’s reach.
Transport in Madrid
Madrid-Barajas Airport receives flights from all over the world. In the city, the best way to get around is with the metro, although the buses and taxis are also reliable and not too expensive.
Popular festivals in Madrid
New Year’s Eve at the Puerta del Sol is a local tradition. In May, it’s the city festival as tribute to the city’s patron saint, St Isidro, and the city flourishes with artistic and cultural events all around, a perfect time to come and enjoy holidays in Madrid.