Madrid, the royal capital of Spain. Stylish and sophisticated. Whether it’s the grand Palacio Real, the working palace of king Felipe VI. Or one of the three world renowned museums: Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia en Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. The words ‘Madrid’ and ‘city-trip’ go together like Bert and Ernie. Especially in April/May or September, when temperatures are friendly and tapas bars buzzing.
Remember to bring summery, light clothing to Madrid. Whatever time of year, the sun might peek out at any moment in the city smack in the middle of Spain. During the hot summer months temperatures easily exceed 30°C. The absolute best time to go to Madrid is April/May and September/October. Attractive temperatures, together with a minimal chance of rain make those months to be the busiest of the year.
Beat Madrid’s scorching daytime sun, plump down in one of the many lush green city parks. Such as Parque El Retiro and Parque del Oeste. Long story short, pack flip-flops.
Madrid’s easily reached by plane. Budget airlines connect several European cities to Barajas Airport, Madrid’s international airport 12 km north of the city. The Spanish capital is not as monstrous as for example London. Famous sights like Palacio Real are all walkable. Don’t feel like scurrying around Madrid? The city’s ramified metro system offers cheap and efficient travel. Cycling is unusual. Travelling to Madrid by car? Make sure to check out the picturesque Toledo and Sengovia, two towns close to the Spanish capital.
Museo del Prado
Madrid’s considered to be one of the most cultural cities in Europe. Boasting world renowned museums Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Check out free entry times, usually at set times every day. Perhaps not art, but certainly an architectural tour de force: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, the royal dwelling of football club Real Madrid, one of world’s most successful sides worldwide.
Spaniards are bon vivants. Madrid, compared to many other cities, springs to life late in the day. Don’t be surprised to see Madrilenians head out at around 11pm, usually to indulge in some tasty tapas at their favourite local restaurant. On Sunday morning a stumble down El Rastro flea market is a must.