Madrid City Breaks
A Madrid City Break Guide
Spain's capital city is a wonderful destination to escape to in 2023 and 2024. Madrid city breaks are full of history, culture, and epic food. Wake up in your boutique room, before heading out for a bite for breakfast and then head on to discover some of the world's finest art galleries. However you plan on spending your time in Madrid, here's our guide to help you out.
Getting to, from and around Madrid
Just a 2 hour 30 minute flight from the UK, you can jump on a plane to Madrid from a number of regional airports including Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, and of course, London Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow. Once you've arrived, the Metro runs from Barajas Airport in the north east, to heart of the city every and is the easiest and affordable way to get into the centre. The line runs from 6am until 2am with the journey taking only 12 minutes. A single journey is around €5 each way.
Once in the city, the Metro is a great way to get around. You can buy a Multi Card which can be topped up. Ticket types including single tickets, multi-journey and tourist tickets.
Things to do in Madrid
In a city filled with art galleries and museums, you'll no doubt have one or two on your list, like the Museo del Prado (Prado Museum). For budding historians, check out Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish royal family.
In the heart of the city is El Retiro Park, a 19th century park with manicured gardens and a boating lake, and is ideal for stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoying one of the many green spaces.
Where to stay in Madrid
If you're in town for a short period of time, it's a good idea to be central so that you don't have travel too far. Centro's downtown location gives visitors the best of this, easy access to great restaurants, top attractions and transport links.
If nightlife is more your thing and you want to take advantage of the lively streets and bars, Chueca is the place to stay. Hotels and self-catering accommodation in the form of Airbnbs and private apartments are plentiful around here so depending on who you're with and what space you need.