Wide elegant streets lined with imposing buildings world-class museums verdant parks and a cuisine that’s second to none make Madrid one of the most beautiful and exciting capitals in Europe. Whether you want to spend your days soaking up Spain’s rich cultureyour nights dancing in some of the country’s best clubs or your afternoons indulging in high end retail therapy Madrid will have something to suit. Top that with a vibrant creative scene multicultural neighbourhoods and a fantastic climate and you can see why Madrid is one of the world’s favourite cities.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Madrid
Sol – Located in the heart of Madrid the picturesque Sol neighbourhood is home to a great selection of monuments shops restaurants and bars. Explore the shops and restaurants that surround the colossal Plaza de la Puerta del Sol or the equally impressive Plaza Mayor.
Palacio – Next to Sol you’ll find the attraction packed neighbourhood of Palacio. Pick up a snack in the colourful Mercado de San Miguel admire the spectacular Royal Palace and the ornate Almudena Cathedral or explore the beautiful Sabatini Gardens.
Salamanca – Home to the most exclusive shops in the city Salamanca is the best place in Madrid to indulge in a little high end retail therapy. As well as a great choice of boutiques and outlets the district is home to some fantastic restaurants bars and delis.
Chueca – One of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Madrid Chueca boasts some of the city’s coolest bars restaurants and boutiques. A great destination for an alternative night out the district is popular with Madrid’s LGBT community.
Things to See in Madrid
Located in the very heart of Madrid the Plaza de la Puerta del Sol is one of the city’s main sights. Home to a number of famous monuments and surrounded by spectacular buildings the square is a great spot to start your sightseeing tour of the city. The nearby Plaza Mayor is another of Madrid’s important sights and is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs or enjoy an al fresco coffee. The Royal Palace Almudena Cathedral Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Oriente are some of the city’s other prominent landmarks or if you’re looking for a greener side of the city head to the beautiful Buen Retiro Park and relax in one of Spain’s most beautiful open spaces.
Things to Do in Madrid
As well as world class shopping and breathtaking sights Madrid is a great destination for culture. The Museum Triangle district of Madrid is home to many of the city’s best museums with the outstanding Museo del Prado the fascinating Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre and the expansive Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art all located in the area. Countless other museums galleries and monuments dot Madrid giving you plenty to explore during your time in the city. Music is another big part of life in Madrid and no stay would be complete without a trip to a flamenco tablao.