Madrid has earned its reputation as Europe’s city which never sleeps. Whether you explore the hidden passages of the central districts, sample cultural Madrid or party on late in to the night, the modern metropolis has it all.
The Madrid Metropolis
The capital of Spain offers a whole host of activities for visitors, of all interests and all budgets. For cultural Madrid, the Golden Triangle of Art is well known as the home of world class art collections. Three of Spain’s most important museums come together here in short distance of each other – Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Go shopping along Gran Vía, Madrid’s version of the Champs-Élysées, where national and international brands meet in spectacular surroundings. For a more upmarket feel the neighbourhood of Salamanca features a large selection of boutique stores.
For eating and drinking mix with the locals in district of La Latina, home to award winning restaurants, numerous bars and traditional taverns. Take a short walk outside central Madrid and escape the hustle and bustle of the city as you relax in Parque del Retiro. Alternatively, go for a swim at Casa de Campo.
Whilst not for all, head to the home of Spanish bullfighting at Plaza de Toros where you can join the thousands in witnessing this traditional Spanish pastime. For night owls, partying until the early hours of the morning in the lively neighbourhoods of Huertas and the gay district of Chueca is a must. Don’t forget to end your night with a Spanish favourite of churros con chocolate.
Finally, explore the medieval streets of Madrid with Sandeman’s New Europe tours offering a free daily walking tour, starting at 11am and 2pm in front of the tourist information centre in Plaza Mayor. Come rain or shine, you will be taken on a journey through Madrid’s rich and complex history, stopping at the city’s major sites and the places where the tour buses can’t go.
Welcome to Madrid!