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Madrid Holidays

The Spanish capital is not all hustle and bustle; nibble tapas in a cobbled square, visit ancient churches, or relax in one of Madrid’s spacious parks.

Madrid is a city of contrasts where old meets new and quick meets slow. From street performers and old-time cafés to high-end concert halls and fancy restaurants, there really is something for everyone to explore here – and that’s before you include the beautiful palaces, churches, galleries and museums that are dotted about the metropolis.

Madrid boasts three world-renowned art museums all within a stone’s throw of each other, the so-called “Golden Triangle of Art”. The Prado Museum boasts an enormous collection and can take a day to explore on its own. This is where you’ll find the works of some of Spain’s home-grown masters, like Velázquez and Goya, although it features art from all over the world. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was once the private collection of an aristocrat but this range of works spanning some seven centuries is now open to the public. The last corner of the triangle, the Reína Sofia Museum, is a true gem offering a historical perspective on important modern and contemporary trends in art.

If old buildings are more up your street, there are plenty of them to be found in Madrid too. You'll see a lot of different architectural styles just walking around the city, but you might like to head to the Royal Palace for a guided tour through a history of the Spanish royal family's extravagant taste, or else to the Almudena Cathedral to soak up an original blend of ancient and modern flavours.

Madrid’s City Hall is also worth a look, and guided tours are available here too. From here you won’t be far from the cobbled Plaza Mayor and its high-end boutiques.

If you feel like getting away from the city streets and finding some green space, there are a number of options. El Retiro is probably the most interesting; here you'll find architectural monuments and statues, as well as street performers, each more innovative than the last in their efforts to attract your attention.

After your trip to the park, head over to El Rastro, the flea market, where you can catch a glimpse into the lives of the Madrileños and you’ll find almost anything under the sun for sale.

However you decide to spend your days in Madrid, remember there’s always a table laden with tapas and a cold beer waiting for you at the end. ¡Chin-chin!


Guide to Exploring Madrid


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Novotel Madrid Center

Novotel Madrid Center

O'donnell 53, Madrid
4.3
of 5, from 127 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Near the Paseo del Arte

AU$247
Hotel Atlantico Madrid

Hotel Atlantico Madrid

Gran Via 38, Madrid
4.6
of 5, from 4,253 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on central Madrid's main artery, the Gran Via, opposite Plaza Callao, this historical building reflects early 20th-century eclectic style with ornate stucco work topped by a French cupola.

AU$94
Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Calle de Lola Flores, 1, Madrid
4.3
of 5, from 499 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquopolis, Madrid Congress Centre, and Golf Negralejo. Las Ventas and Parque Europa are also within 9 mi (15 km).

AU$166
Gran Vía Capital

Gran Vía Capital

Gran Via 48, Madrid
4.6
of 5, from 209 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gran Via, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Rialto, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de Espana. Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

AU$57
Travelodge Madrid Alcalá

Travelodge Madrid Alcalá

Calle Santa Leonor 34, Madrid
3.9
of 5, from 194 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Arturo Soria, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bullfighting Museum, Madrid Congress Centre, and Las Ventas. Fundacion Juan March and Casa Arabe are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$93
Axor Barajas

Axor Barajas

Calle campezo 4, Madrid
4.5
of 5, from 612 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Madrid Congress Centre, Aquopolis, and Real Madrid City. Prado Museum and Las Ventas are also within 9 mi (15 km).

AU$85
Axor Feria

Axor Feria

Calle Campezo 4, Madrid
4.3
of 5, from 589 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Madrid Congress Centre, Aquopolis, and Real Madrid City. Prado Museum and Las Ventas are also within 9 mi (15 km).

AU$102
Maydrit Hotel

Maydrit Hotel

Piragua 1, Madrid
4.4
of 5, from 403 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Barajas, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Capricho Park, Plenilunio Shopping Mall, and Olivar de la Hinojosa Golf Club. Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and Madrid Congress Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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