Many would say there aren’t many places more alive than Madrid. Upon arrival, you’ll soon realise that it’s the lifestyle of Madrid’s people that is the capital’s key attraction. Whether that’s hanging out in traditional cafés and summer terrazas, packing the lanes of the Sunday El Rastro flea market or playing hard and very late in some of the thousands of bars, clubs, discos and tascas.
There are not many destinations in the world that can rival Madrid on its fantastic art offering. As one of the oldest and greatest art collections available anywhere, the Museo del Prado is one of Madrid's most beloved museums offering visitors an incredible display including the renowned Velázquez and Goya. Madrid is also a city bursting with stunning architecture so why not wander around the city’s medieval mansions, Royal Palace and narrow atmospheric alleys interspersed with 18th century Bourbon squares.
What’s more, with great shopping, nightlife and food, it's unsurprising that Madrid is considered perfect for an extended weekend break. For those who cannot resist, there are plenty of opportunities in the city to do a little bit of shopping from the iconic El Rastro flea market, to the infamous Gran Via or to the designer boutiques of the Barrio de Salamanca and everything in-between. Be sure to head to the food markets to try the Spanish cuisine and tapas, and experience the typical lively, relaxed Spanish atmosphere. Mercado de San Miguel, the more touristy market with typical Spanish cuisine, and Mercado de San Ildefonso, with a trendy vibe and street food stalls, are definitely worth a visit.
Considered one of the very best cities in Europe for its nightlife, why not watch the sunset across this beautiful city on one of its rooftop bars before enjoying its seemingly endless supply of outstanding clubs and bars which are open until the small hours of the morning. If you have some time after you enjoy what Madrid has to offer, then take advantage of the city’s central location and why not visit some of Spain's other fantastic historical towns including Toledo, El Escorial and Segovia.