Madrid City Breaks in 2016

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Marvellous Madrid

Cosmopolitan, creative and endlessly energetic, Madrid is a capital city that oozes Spanish flair. Brimming with colour, flavour and plenty of passion, Madrid’s charm is undeniable and it won’t be long before you fall in love with the charismatic Spanish capital.

Explore streets of stunning Baroque and Medieval architecture, go shopping in the chic boutiques and don’t miss out on tucking into some tasty tapas – serving cultures vultures and foodies alike. There’s some wonderful talent on display in Madrid’s world-class art galleries as well as a myriad of landmarks to seek out and photograph throughout the city. With non-stop days and a thriving nightlife, your Madrid city breaks will continue to surprise, appease and inspire.

Outside of the city proper are a number of other attractions and destinations that can add a sense of adventure and variety to your trip to the capital. Countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found within easy reach of Madrid, including the city of Alcala de Henares and the stunning palace at Aranjuez. But it is the beautiful medieval city of Segovia that attracts the most interest, boasting a world-famous Roman aqueduct.

Tapas, Culture and Nightlife

Home to stylish boutique hotels, sleek apartments and cosy guesthouses, there is a plethora of central accommodation options in which to base yourself during city breaks to Madrid. Staying near Puerta del Sol will see you in the midst of it all, with the Mercado de San Miguel, Palacio Real and the beautiful Catedral de la Almudena all within walking distance. Gran Via is also a popular spot for first time visitors to base themselves. Teeming with an array of shops, tapas bars and theatres, it’s one of Madrid’s most important streets, providing a significant flavour of Spain. It’s also close to the Egyptian temple remains of Templo de Debod and the wonderfully tranquil Plaza de España, keeping you in touching distance of engaging and inspiring attractions.

If there’s one thing Madrid city breaks can offer in spades, it is artistic flare. From the talents of locals such as Goya and Velazquez to the proudly-displayed works of Picasso, Dali and Miro in the city’s numerous galleries - it is impossible not to be caught up in the artistic vibe that flows through the city. The Museo del Prado is one of the most important museums in Madrid, while the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia hosts an incredible number of classics, including Picasso’s renowned masterpiece of Spanish history, ‘Guernica’.

There is plenty of things to do in the city as night kicks in, as the full force of Madrid’s fabulous, fun-loving personality is unleashed as the sun sets. After dining in style at one of the city’s experimental fusion restaurants, or sampling more humble portions of traditional tapas, it’s time to hit the town. Madrid’s nightlife is nothing short of legendary and you’ll find a myriad of nightlife hotspots in which to enjoy drinks and dancing. With eccentric cocktail bars, glamorous clubs and buzzing live music venues, sleeping during city breaks in Madrid is simply a waste of time for some!

Madrid City City Holidays

Things to see

Many people come to Madrid on a European city break - the city is bustling with cosmopolitan life as well as a vibrant Spanish culture and array of things to see and do. Join a sightseeing tour of the city where you can explore the many sights of the city or head to the Santiago Bernabeau stadium for a tour of the Real Madrid home stadium.


On a city break to Madrid you can enjoy plenty of time sent exploring the inner city. Here you will find many wonderful galleries and museums as well as great shops and boutiques perfect for shopping fans. Head to El Sol the famous nightclub of Madrid to catch many DJ’s and performances or visit the shopping centre in Mercado San Miguel.


The city of Madrid has much to offer holidaymakers in terms of food, drink and nightlife. There are many great Spanish restaurants where you can enjoy many local dishes and specialties. Be sure to sample the locally grown wines as well as the tapas and produce local to the area. You will find many vibrant bars and nightclubs in the city, great for soaking up the atmosphere and dancing the night away.


There are many great hotels in Madrid that act as the perfect place to stay on a city break to Madrid. Why not book into a centrally located hotel such as the Adler Hotel where you can enjoy the excellent transport links and array of great features. Rooms are spacious and elegant and there is an air of vintage Europe to the whole hotel. You can relax and unwind in your well equipped room and make the most of the friendly staff and great facilities.

Madrid City Couples Holidays


Many couples choose Madrid as a location for a romantic getaway and it is easy to see why. The city is bustling with vibrant activities and romance as well as a rich history and culture just waiting to be explored. There are plenty of romantic activities to be enjoyed, such as a hot air balloon ride and a trip to the Planetarium.


Head to the Theatre district where you and your partner can catch a wonderful show or performance. There are also many great galleries to be explored, exhibiting national and international artists and offering an insight into the exciting art scene of the area. For something different, join a Venturous Appetites Tapas Tour where you can learn all about the food of the city whilst enjoying plenty of food and drinks.


As the sun begins to set over the city of Madrid, you and your partner will find plenty of great Spanish restaurants to choose from. You can have a romantic meal at one of the fine tapas bars or restaurants offering the local dishes and speciality menus. Be sure to sample the rich local wines as well as the live music bars and cafes where you can mingle with locals and soak up the atmosphere.


You can add the perfect touch to your romantic getaway by booking yourselves into one of Madrid’s wonderful five star hotels. At a hotel such as the Westin Palace Hotel you and your partner can enjoy the supreme luxury on offer such as the elegant rooms, spa and on site restaurant and bar. You will find yourself well relaxed and taken care of making your trip as idyllic as possible for both of you.

Madrid City Family Holidays


Madrid is a great destination for a fun-filled family holiday - there is so much to see and do in the area, as well as the benefit of the year round warm weather and the spectacular scenery. The city is a bustling destination, which is surrounded by rich mountains and breath-taking landscapes. Head to the many theme parks in the area for a fun day trip and be sure to check out the Zoo and Aquarium with its wide array of animals and sea life.


Head to the many museums and galleries in the city where you can your family can learn all about the rich culture and history of the area. The Balloon Company in Madrid offers you the chance to have an unforgettable hot air balloon ride across the city and surrounding areas too.


There are many great restaurants and bars in the city where you and your family can enjoy the delicious local cuisine and specialities of the area. You can relax and unwind after a long day in a cosy bistro, and be sure to sample the local specialities and wines. Kids are welcome in most restaurants and there are plenty of international eateries, so you won’t be stuck with finding something to suit everyone.


Choosing the right hotel for your trip to Madrid you and your family will be after a well equipped and comfortable hotel that has great transport links and friendly service. Luckily, there are many to choose from in the area, be sure to check out the Hesperia Madrid Hotel and the Best Western Arosa with their great facilities and more extra comfortable accommodation.

Top Madrid Hotels

Emperador Hotel

The Emperador Hotel provides an excellent location in Madrid's Gran Via close to the city's main attractions including the major shopping district. The hotel is made up of 232 rooms and suites each elegantly designed and fully-equipped with Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV and air-conditioning. Guests will also find a restaurant, lobby bar and rooftop garden bar within the hotel serving a range of cuisine, snacks and refreshments throughout the day. If you choose to stay at the Emperador Hotel during the summer months then be sure to make use of the hotel's rooftop outdoor swimming pool where you can also enjoy incredible views out over the city.

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Mercure Madrid plaza de Espana

The Mercure Madrid Plaza de Espana is situated in the heart of Madrid City within walking distance of the main tourist hotspots. Every room has an en suite bathroom and if you would like a room with a view then the hotel's top floor rooms and suites offer excellent views out over Madrid. There is a cafe and bar on-site serving a range of refreshments, ideal for making a pit-stop before a day’s sightseeing or relaxing afterwards! This hotel is a great option for families and couples seeking a convenient location from which to explore Madrid.

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Mercure Santo Domingo Hotel

This hotel is centrally located in Madrid City; it has an elegant and artistic decor with some of its murals designed by some of the city's best artists. The Mercure Santo Domingo Hotel is made up of 200 rooms and suites each including amenities such as air-conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi connection and a private bathroom. Guests will also find a seasonal rooftop, outdoor swimming pool which is perfect for relaxing in the sun. There is a restaurant and cafe-bar within the hotel where guests can enjoy both Spanish and international cuisine as well as a selection of beverages. The Mercure Santo Domingo Hotel is a great choice for families, couples and small groups looking for stylish accommodation in a prime location during their city break to Madrid.

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Useful information

Spanish (English widely spoken)
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour
Madrid-Barajas International
Flight time
2 hours 10 minutes