Madrid holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Winter, Spring, Autumn
December – February

March – May

Getting There

48 £GBP


Stay There

26 £GBP

4-star hotel


Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

1.00 USD = 0.93 EUR
Airport Transport

Taxi: 22 £GBP (20 min)
Bus: 3 £GBP (25 min)
Subway: 5 £GBP (15 min)

Lunch ≈ 9 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 24 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.80 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 112

Why Madrid

Madrid is a contemporary capital city that dances to a rhythm all of its own – often until dawn. If people-watching is your thing, you will have plenty of opportunity simply by sitting at one of the many pavement cafes. Along Paseo del Arte, there are more collections of modern and fine art than you could possibly see in one visit. Wander luxury shopping streets like Grand Via, or visit the one of Europe’s most famous football team’s home stadium.

Be awestruck by sights like Plaza de Cibeles and the Royal Palace. Take a walk in Parque del Buen Retiro – there you can hire rowboat to get a different viewpoint of the impressive monument overlooking the lake. Soak up Madrid’s lively social scene – do as the locals do and order a late night supper of tapas. It is all waiting for you on Madrid holidays.

When to go

Temperature: July and August see average temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, which decreases to 6 degrees Celsius in January. Cloudless skies are common in Madrid during winter.

Best time for holidays to Madrid: Madrid’s green spaces and gardens tend to be at their best in spring.

Things can get hot and dry in the summer. Meanwhile autumn gets a lot of rainfall, it is a great time to dress warmly and see the leaves turn red and golden.

Where to go/stay

A wander on the Paseo del Arte, which translates as Art Walk is a must for art lovers. The walk is home to acclaimed collections of art that span the ages.

Football fans should not miss the opportunity on their Madrid holidays to take a walk on the hallowed home turf of Real Madrid - one of the greatest football success stories in the world.

And, of course, as one of the world’s fashion capitals Madrid is home network of designer shopping streets, with the labels ranging from trendy high street fashion to high-end.

Things to do

For historical streets Puerta del Sol is the centre for many and this makes it one of the must go to places to visit on holidays to Madrid. Here you can stop at Kilometre Zero for a selfie at the starting point for all of the roads in Spain and see the famed clock at the Casa de Correos.

Some of Madrid’s best places to visit can be found within the so-called Golden Triangle of Art, home to the city’s art galleries. There are far too many to mention here, but you should make a point of visiting El Prado, set in the centre of the Paseo del Arte; the Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Shopping should feature highly on your list of things to do on Madrid holidays, so go to Barrio de Salamanca and while away several admiring the perfect tailoring of designer suits and dresses. Calle Almirante is the place to go for high-street fashion; here you’ll find hip Spanish as well as international brands.

With capacity to hold more than 81,000 fans, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – Real Madrid’s home ground – is a must for any passionate fan of football. Here you can set a sense of the electric atmosphere of a match day and understand the fervour the celebrated team generates.