Spain’s capital city Madrid is not just about the football. It is an extraordinary city, bursting with creativity and exuberance. This city is a heaven for people who like clubbing, musicians and art lovers. But it also has something for the people who want a relaxed vacation for themselves.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN MADRID:
- The Prado: One of the Most Popular Art museums in the world. The is an overwhelming collection of masterpieces by renaissance and baroque masters. General tickets are €15 and free entry is offered Monday through Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Sunday 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Free entry days and times will be the most crowded. This place is a must visit for the lovers of history.
- Royal Palace: The Royal Palace of Madrid jokes the list of the most visited historic monuments of the world. The Palace is most crowded in the afternoon tour groups. It is still the official residence of the Spanish Royal family, although now used only for official ceremonies. It is the largest functioning Palace in the Whole of Europe.
- Santiago Bernabeu Stadium: Whether you’re a supporter of the club or not, the truth remains that Real Madrid are Europe’s most successful football team with a record-breaking 11 European Cups to their name. So, any fan of the game should consider a pilgrimage to their gargantuan 85,000-seater stadium, where history has been made many times down the seasons.
- Gran Via: If you’d like to get a sense of the city, a walk along the Gran Vía is a superb place to start. It’s Madrid’s entertainment, shopping and cultural nerve center, a buzzing avenue often full of life until dawn. By day it throngs with shoppers stopping by the many malls, high-street stores like H&M and Zara and luxury boutiques.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MADRID?
- Though Madrid is miles away from the sea, the city experiences a Mediterranean climate, which means warm, humid summers and mild winters. Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) have the mildest and most pleasant weather. The very heart of winter (January and February) can be quite cold and rainy, whereas July and August can be very hot.
HOW TO COMMUTE IN MADRID?
- Madrid has a great Metro Rail Network and transport network that interfaces basically every one of the spots a guest might need to go, including the air terminal. 10-ride ticket costs 12.20 euros (1.5 euros for a solitary ticket). For longer excursions, there are the Cervanias passenger trains and the Renfe Public rail administration. Cabs are plentiful and give a solid and moderately cheap approach to get around.