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Many expect a holiday in Madrid to be a soberer affair than its easy-going competitor Barcelona. However, Madrid is a low-key party place with late dinners and lively bars keeping locals and visitors up until the early hours. Set against a beautifully preserved historical backdrop, Madrid knows how to appreciate the finer things in life. An air of sophistication is created by an almost unrivaled artistic heritage and a burgeoning culinary revolution while the fun comes in glamorous bars and street parties. The energy of Madrid is one of exhilarating beauty, both seen and felt.
- Many visit Madrid just for the Museo del Prado, one of the world’s most established art galleries with a vast collection of 7000 paintings.
- Picnic amongst the pale marble statues and swaying greenery of the Parque del Buen Retiro.
- Visit Madrid’s Plaza Mayor for a wide-open space to breathe in amongst the city’s tight side streets.
- Take a tour to Madrid’s Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas to learn about the Spanish tradition of bullfighting.
- Peruse the flea market at El Rastro on Sunday mornings.
- Grab a bite to eat at Plaza de Santa Ana and start your night in this bustling square.
- Watch a Real Madrid game.
- Lunch menus are cheap in Madrid and are so feasting at lunch time is a good way to save money.
- Most museums are free on a certain day or at a certain time, plan ahead and save yourself an admission fee.
- Madrid’s metro system is easy and efficient. Make the most of it!
- A sit-down meal can take as long as three hours, so plan accordingly.
- Many restaurants don’t have English menus, so learning a little Spanish will go a long way.