Madrid is the true heart of European culture, as you’ll soon discover when you depart on a Madrid holiday. Spain’s golden capital city is alive with an inescapable air of excitement and adventure. Stunningly modern architecture and preserved historic landmarks and neighbourhoods tell the tale of a great ancient metropolis forever evolving.
There are myriad things to do in Madrid – the city is overflowing with food and drink, shopping, art, and culture. Dine on authentic Spanish tapas in a centuries-old restaurant. Enjoy days of retail bliss in some of Europe’s finest luxury shopping destinations, and fall in love with Madrid’s leading art galleries. There’s something to see around every corner in Spain’s stunning capital.
For many centuries, Madrid has seen great influxes of migration from all across Europe, making the city a melting pot of European and international culinary influences. Gourmet food markets and Michelin-starred restaurants serve up what many consider to be the essential Mediterranean diet – best enjoyed with a glass of sangria or red wine! Highlights include the upscale restaurants of Salamanca and the trendy bars of Chueca and La Latina.
Shopping in Madrid is an absolute delight. From local markets to sophisticated boutiques, your wallet is sure to get a workout. The city is filled with plenty of little independent shops, perfect for discovering that one-of-a-kind piece that will make you the envy of all your fashion-savvy friends. From Gran Via to El Rastro, explore some of the world’s most beguiling shopping precincts in Madrid.
Madrid is a city of undeniable beauty. Nowhere is this more apparent that in the city’s stunning parks and squares, such as Plaza Mayor and the Sabatini Gardens. No matter where you find yourself, you’ll never be far from a lovely terrace, garden, or historical monument. Then, when the sun goes down, squares like Plaza de Espana become hubs of bustling nightlife.
Seeing everything that Madrid has to offer is quite simply an impossible task. Everywhere you look, there’s sure to be something exciting to grab your attention. Madrid is just that kind of city! There are of course some must-see locations and must-do activities that every visitor should check out while in town, though, such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, El Escorial, and the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas.
A visit to Madrid is an invitation to immerse yourself in a rich culture of art, theatre, dance, music, and history – all of which have made the Spanish metropolis a major cultural capital. Home to some of the finest painters and creatives, Madrid is a look into the classic and the avant-garde. Get your culture fix at the Museo del Prado, the Teatro Real opera house, and countless other museums and galleries.