Madrid, the warm "heart" of the Iberian Peninsula
Like any self-respecting queen, Madrid highlights its strong personality and dynamic character in every opportunity given to it, with by its side its long history and Mediterranean culture. An impressive patchwork of history and culture, art and gastronomy, Madrid unfolds happily before the eyes of every visitor, and becomes a top tourist destination in Europe. Majestic and aristocratic, dynamic and at the same time extremely hospitable, Madrid enchants and excites. Baroque palaces, stunning museums, modern temples of art and an even network of urban infrastructure create a unique mosaic of classic and modern and contribute to the characterization of Madrid as one of the most attractive metropolises in Europe and the world.
Embark on a city tour through the bustling boulevards and large squares in central Madrid. Starting from Puerta del sol in the city center, reach Plaza mayor and indulge in the unique charm offered by the large square. Impress the Royal Palacio Real, the most impressive royal palaces in all of Europe, in the Plaza de Oriente, just behind the Opera House and opposite the Cathedral of Almudena, and feel like kings for a moment. Do not forget to see the famous trio of museums Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen, with the amazing collections of Spanish art inside and be enchanted by the endless creativity of the internationally renowned Spanish artists. Wherever you choose to go, the sure thing is that Madrid will compensate you.
Local cuisine and food
Madrid offers a gastronomic feast of flavors through its rich cuisine. Based on Mediterranean cuisine, Spanish cuisine combines rich flavors and dishes that satisfy even the most demanding palate. Try her classic dish paella, which combines seafood with meat. Indulge in gastronomic tapas rituals (snacks accompanied by wine, from plain cheese with bread to boiled shrimp with mayonnaise, fish paste, dishes with cold cuts and small fried snacks.). The well-known tortilla (omelette with potatoes), cocido madrileño (boiled sausage chorizo) and churros with chocolate are among the flavors that you should not miss to try.
The best season to visit Madrid
Ideally choose to travel to Madrid in autumn and spring or early summer due to the mild climate and normal temperatures. Avoid the hot summer months of July and August so as not to suffer from the extreme heat.
How to move around Madrid
Transfer from/to Madrid
Barajas International Airport connects Madrid by air with capitals and cities around the world. The airport is located 12 km from the city center. Travel from the airport to the city a) with regular bus services from terminals 1,2 and 4, with line 200 connecting the airport with the avenida de América station (30l-1,5 €), while Línea express with Atocha station (40λ-5 €). B) by taxi located outside all terminals (route 20-30l, 30 €) and c) by RENFE trains, which run on line C1 and run from the terminal in the city center (40l-2, 5 €).
The ideal way to get around Madrid is by metro. With 12 lines and stops in almost all points of tourist interest the metro offers a comfortable and safe transportation solution. Alternatively use city buses. The 170 lines of public transport connect the center of Madrid with the rest of the city and its suburbs. There are many suburban train services, offering a comfortable and fast transition to the points of tourist interest. Choose to travel by taxi (white with a diagonal red stripe on the side, and a minimum amount of 2.40 euros. For your best service, ask for an immediate application of the taximeter.