Spain has so much variation as a holiday destination. The rustic landscape of Andalucía, the hot spots of the Costa del Sol or Ibiza and the wonderful charm of Mallorca all stand out as great examples. However, is there a more spectacular Spanish setting than the country’s capital Madrid?
As well as being the nation’s capital city, Madrid is also the headquarters of the World Tourism Organisation….so it should know a thing or two about attracting visitors.
What can I see?
There is so much to see in this city that even a week may not be long enough to see everything. If you only have the time to stay for a few days then it is a great idea to head out to see the mainland or the coast.
Look for best villa holidays in Spain as a better alternative to using hotels. Everyone who has visited this city with its historical remains, stretching back beyond the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians, will give you a different list of places to visit depending on their tastes. Here are a few that crop up regularly:
The Gran Vía is one of the most international streets in this city, full of shops ,theatres, places to stay, eat and drink your day away. There is nothing better than sitting in a Terraza with an apperitivo (snack) and watching the world go by.
Taking the cultural route
Having taken a rest, visit some of the small churches and museums dotted all over the city or go for broke and visit the world-famous triangle of art museums including The Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza (largest private collection in the world).
One particular favourite is the Crystal Palace, which is unsurprisingly modelled on the original building of the same name in London. It is a magnificent structure of metal and glass that was built in 1887. Seen at night and reflected in the lake, its classic façade, is something special indeed.
After you have witnessed this treat, it could be a great idea to visit the Muslim wWll, Tower of Bones, rest in one of the public gardens (Jardines de Sabatini) admire the street art, music, visit a meson (small bars often found in basements) or settle down to a meal of tortillas.
Try and find some short term villa rentals so you can base yourself outside of the city. This will allow you to explore other parts of this wonderful, warm and hospitable country.