Visiting Madrid means being immersed in a rich history and fascinating culture, interspersed with impressive architecture, atmospheric streets and busy squares. In short, the bustling life of the Spanish capital. Don’t miss the beautiful palaces and cathedrals, the atmospheric parks where you can catch your breath in the shade, the cozy tapas bars, the trendy shopping streets and the exciting nightlife.
The largest international airport in Spain is located around 12 kilometers from the capital of Spain. Madrid is an important stopover airport for connecting flights to South America.
Iberia is the national airline company of Spain, based in Madrid. It has an extensive international network with Madrid and Barcelona as the main airports.
Ryanair is the most popular airline company when it comes to low budget flights. The Irish company connects several European cities, including Madrid.
From New York, Madrid can be reached in 8 hours and 25 minutes. London has a flight time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. There are several airlines offering direct flights to these destinations.
The Plaza Mayor has been one of the most important squares in Madrid for centuries. Nowadays people come here together to enjoy the old buildings, visiting the surrounding restaurants and bars or just to meet someone.
The Royal Palace of Madrid on the Plaza de la Armería, was built in the eighteenth century by Philip V. After thirty-six years of construction, a beautiful baroque palace has been created that has more than 3000 rooms, the majority of which are filled with very valuable art objects. Although the royal family no longer lives there, it is still regularly used for official state affairs. Around the palace are beautiful gardens such as "Campo del Moro" and parks such as "Plaza de Oriente". The Palacio Real de Madrid is partly open to the public.
Just west of Calle Gran Vía in the Argüelles district is the popular Plaza de España. Around the monument of the Spanish writer and poet Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, many tourists and residents gather during the day. There are even more sights to be seen on this square in Madrid. There is a bronze statue of Don Quixote and servant Sancho Panza, two characters from the book of Cervantes.
A special piece of history can be found in the Parque del Oeste. There are two original gates of an ancient Egyptian temple here. The gates were donated by Egypt thanks to the help of Spain while securing monuments that were in danger of being lost during the construction of the Aswan Dam.
One of the best ways to travel sustainable is to enjoy local food. Tapas is actually a type of aperitifs, usually with a beer, glass of wine or cider next to it. The dishes can be either cold or hot, served on toast or in small pots.