Madrid

Welcome to Quality City Breaks Madrid

Madrid Madrid

The capital of Spain is filled with plenty of life and energy. The area has been inhabited since Roman times so there are plenty of historical sites to explore and enjoy.
In the daytime, the city is oozing with, tapas, bars, restaurants, shops, Theatres , and architecture.
Go shopping in the chic boutiques followed by some tasty tapas. Once you have enjoyed some
traditional tasty food why not hit the town? Madrid’s nightlife is far from boring. There are plenty of places to enjoy drinking, dancing and live music. You will fall in love with this charming capital.
If you have children they will adore Madrid. There are plenty of Theme parks, Zoos and excursions to
keep them occupied for weeks.

Places to visit:

El Rastro Flea marketEl-Rastro-Flea-Market-Madrid b

Located in the heart of the tourist centre of Madrid, this emblematic building is actually a traditional market (the only iron structured market surviving to the present day) which has today been reinvented as a totally modern venue supplying a range of premium food products. It offers a whole host of options: you can do your daily shopping, take part in activities and exhibitions, taste the various El-Rastro-Flea-Market-Madridproducts, browse, enjoy a snack or a drink… The San Miguel market has a stylish decoration and contains 33 stalls featuring a whole host of delicacies and carefully selected raw ingredients. It aims to reflect the multifaceted nature of Spanish gastronomy and to assume the role of a Centre for Culinary Culture, also hosting courses, launches, fairs… Thanks to its long opening hours, it makes an ideal place for leisure both during the day and by night, as it also has wine bars and bars serving delicious tapas. Other venues include a gastronomic library, a florist’s shop, and a design shop. It is classified as a Property of Cultural Interest in the Monument category. Its construction, under the direction of Alfonso Dubé y Díez, was completed in 1916. What’s more, it is located in the Plaza de San Miguel square (besides the Plaza Mayor ), in one of the liveliest parts of Madrid.

Open every Sunday 07:00 -14:30

Royal Palace of MadridRoyal Palace

Built during the 18th and 19th Century, this is one of the top tourist attractions in Madrid. It’s not the residence of the royal family but is used for state ceremony and is, open to the public at all other times.  The palace features a collection of weapons and royal armoury, belonging to the 13th century.

Onsite, you will also find Sabatini gardens and the Teatro Real Opera House.

Open daily  apart from  State Meetings and receptions.

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Spanish pronunciation: is an all-seater football stadium in Madrid, Spain. It was inaugurated oMadrid stadiumn 14 December 1947 and is owned by Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. It has a current capacity of 81,044 spectators. El Bernabéu, renamed in honour of their former chairman Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious football venues. It has hosted the European Cup final on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980, and the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010.The finals for the 1964 European Nations’ Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup have also been held at the Bernabéu. The Bernabéu is both the second-largest stadium in Spain and the second-largest stadium home to a top-flight European club, behind only Camp Nou, home to rival Barcelona. In 2013, the redevelopment project which would increase the capacity from 81,000 to about 88,500 was estimated to cost about €300 million.

Open daily 10:00 – 19:00 mon- sat  10:30 – 18:30 Sundays and public holidays

On match day tours are available up to 5 hours before beginning of a game.

El Retiro Park 

Home to 15000ltrs trees , this green oasis is in the centre of Madrid. There is so much to see and do in this El Retiro Parkbeautiful park, take a stroll, jog, row boat, cycle, yoga, there’s so much to choice from.

For Lunch why not take a picnic or chill out in one of the many cafés dotted around.

Enjoy People, animal and bird watching by the beautiful Lake.

Here you will find some lovely buildings and amazing sculptures to  view and enjoy.

Perfect for a hot summers day.  Open Daily.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum 

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum A lovely Art Museum displaying nearly 1000 pieces of Artwork from the 13th to late 20th century.

An extraordinary private collection of European Art in the World. Most of the big names are here and well worth a look. Come along and immerse yourself in this breathtaking artwork.

Open 10:00 – 19:00 Sunday – Tuesdays  12:00 – 16:00 Mondays  10 euros – free Mondays

 

General advice, tips, and safety

Language: Spanish

Currency: Euro

Local Time: 1 Hour ahead of GMT/UK Time

Flight Time: 2.5 hours

Airport: Barajas

 Getting around: Metro is the cheapest and quickest way of getting around.

The Bus service is good too and almost work around the clock.

Safety: Madrid is a fairly safe city but there are thieves about that may try to pickpocket or take your bag. So please be aware of these safety precautions. Get a strong bag,  have your bag close to you, go where locals go and keep cash to a minimum.

Further tourist information can be found at www.esmadrid.com