Lying 646m above sea-level on the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is home to roughly 3million people, making it the largest city in the country as well as the capital of Spain.
Madrid experiences very hot summers and cold winters, with snow always possible. The city itself is brimming with immigrants and outsiders. People from all walks of life have been flocking here since 1561, giving it a diverse mix of international cultures. For a real insight into the culture of the Madrilenos, however, it is recommended that you visit during the summer months and the city’s vibrant fiestas.
As well as being the economical and industrial hub of Spain, Madrid is also home to the Royal family, the Spanish Government and many other national institutions.
Madrid has grown down the years from its origin as a medieval city, only becoming the capital in the 16th Century, and for many a year it struggled to match the glamour and attraction of its many European counterparts. Thankfully, this has now changed, and within the famous plazas, tapas bars, museums and multifarious nightlife of clubs, theatres and flamenco, there is a wonderful character that flows throughout the city. Each barrio, or neighbourhood, offers up a different aspect of Madrid, from rock n’ roll to flamenco, medieval to modern-day affluence, epitomising the variety on offer to the tourists lucky enough to come here.
Best 3 Madrid Hotels
Hotel Ritz Madrid (5 star)
Boasting a privileged location in the elegant “Retiro” district, situated in-between the Prado and Museum Thyssen, this hotel is the epitome of grandeur. The hotel includes individually decorated rooms with all manner of modern amenities, a fabulous kitchen and a high-class service. Such is its reputation, it is regularly visited by the upper-classes. Magnificent function lounges are available for the celebration of events, alongside the excellent gastronomic offering at the renowned Restaurant Goya.
Casa de Madrid (3 star)
This hotel was once an 18th century townhouse, now converted to suit a range of holiday-makers and is found right in the heart of the city, and carrying with it a true sense of class and luxury, in keeping with the capital itself. Each of the seven rooms have been individually designed by the interior designer owner, meaning it is dripping with idiosyncratic charm. It does not have a restaurant, though the staff will serve meals in the lounge or in your room on request.
Residencia Sud-Americana (3 star)
The Residencia Sud-Americana is a cheap-and-cheerful hostel that gives off an old-fashioned, colonial nature. Wooden floors, whitewashed walls, comfortable and well-furnished single and double rooms with a view of the Paseo del Prado make it ideal for backpackers and budget travellers. As well as being reasonably priced, however, it offers up far more than just any old cheap accommodation.
Flights to Madrid Airports
Among the top 5 busiest airports in Europe, Barajas Airport is a 15km ride from the centre of Madrid.
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