Wednesday, 27 March 2013 23:27

Holiday Spain Madrid

If you're looking for a short city break in Spain, which gives you the authentic feel of the country, its history and traditions combined with fun, relaxation and some excitement, head for Madrid. As the country's vibrant capital, this is a place that has re-invented itself over the centuries and is today a city that has something for every visitor.

Madrid is ideal for a quick weekend getaway or a longer stay, but if you're short of time, there are some things you simply must do and see here. This cosmopolitan city is the seat of the government, a business hub and cultural center of Spain. Other attractions include the Real Madrid football museum.

Art and Culture: The Prado Museum has the biggest art collection in Europe. Ranging from medieval masters to contemporary geniuses, you can get your fill of sculpture, painting, prints or sketches. The museum has a wonderful gift-shop and hosts a number of exhibitions/cultural events too. There are scores of smaller museums here, if you have the time to take a tour. The National Library of Spain is another magnificent building that contains some rare books and manuscripts. Madrid also hosts a plethora of music concerts, art events etc with a grand celebration in May in honor of its patron saint San Isidoro. There are lots of palaces and stately mansions, churches and monuments too.

Night-life: This lively city boasts an exciting night-life, with any number of bars, pubs, clubs, discos, tapas bars, flamenco, etc. Just remember that drinking on the street is not legal here.

Shopping: Spain's biggest mall, Xanadu, is located in Madrid. With nearly 150,000 sq m of space and more than 200 shops, you'll be sure to find exactly what you want. Look for off-season sales at the designer labels. The El Rastro, Spain's biggest open-air flea market is a must-do visit.

Cuisine and Wine: With a bewildering range of food and wine to choose from, Madrid is the foodie's delight! From fast-food to tapas, to local delicacies, regional cuisines, international favorites and specialty restaurants, cafes and tiny eateries, this is where you can truly indulge your taste-buds. Apart from the famous paella, Madrid has its own signature dish - Callos a la Madrilena.

Parks and Gardens: If you have an hour or two to spare, don't forget to visit Madrid's legendary parks and gardens. The Buen Retiro is the city's biggest park, built round a huge lake, and it's filled with charming sculpture, walks and is a wonderful lung space in the heart of the city.

Pick Madrid for that unforgettable city-holiday in Spain!


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