Madrid

As the country’s capital, Madrid is a must visit city for anyone in Spain. ‘Something for everyone’ is a phrase thrown about a lot, but it really is an appropriate description of this vibrant, busy city.

Art lovers flock to Museo del Prado, historians wander around the stunning Royal Palace and fans from all over the world visit the stadiums of Madrid’s two football teams, Real and Atletico. We visited in June 2016 (an excellent month weather wise, not a cloud in sight!) and spent three days trying to cram in all this city has to offer. For more detail on what we did, where we ate and where we stayed, check out our ‘Directory’.

With many attractions to visit, we would highly recommend purchasing the Madrid Card, saving both money (on entrance fees) and time (the card allows you to bypass many long ticket queues). Details on the card can be found at http://www.esmadrid.com/en the official tourism website for the city, providing excellent information for any visitor.

It’s also worth purchasing the ‘Tourist Card’ for travelling on the Metro, as this might save you money as opposed to buying multiple single tickets. Madrid’s underground Metro system is brilliant, fast, frequent and very easy to navigate around. We found the signage in the stations particularly helpful, directing you to the correct street exit for major tourist attractions so do look out for them.

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