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To settle on a terrace and watch people go by at the Plaza Mayor is a definite must during your citytrip to Madrid. In the centre of the square the statue of King Felipe III stands proud as an eternal witness to his reign during which the square was built. The medieval alleys of Barrio de los Austrias turn each stroll into an adventure.
Visit the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the Spanish Museum of Modern Art and admire the works of famous artists such as Salvador Dalí and Miró.
Unwind in the Casa del Campo. This green lung on the banks of Río Manzanares is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll on a hot afternoon. Go for a boat ride on the lake or enjoy a cool drink on a terrace near the edge of the pond.
Indulge in the sweetness of life in one of the covered markets. The Mercado de la Reina is the spot-to-be for a sumptuous breakfast, to sample tasty tapas or to dine amongst the locals.
Madrid: Insider tips
How about a refreshing dip in the pool after an intense culture or shopping spree?
The stunning rooftop pool and its chill-out bar of the elegant Hotel Emperador may be exactly what you are looking for. Not exactly cheap, but the views of the Royal Palace, Cathedral and Gran Via are priceless.
Obviously to attend an opera performance in the stately Teatro Royal is an experience-of-a-lifetime. Yet, and especially if you travel with kids, the small-size theatre-bar and live music venue La Escalera de Jacob (Jacob’s ladder) is where you will find one of Madrid’s most stupendous stages, magical magicians, stunning storytellers, charming children’s theatre (open on Saturdays and Sundays at noon).
How to explore Madrid?
The subway is the most convenient way to visit the many sights and sounds of Madrid, but if you feel fit enough, why not rent a bike? It is very popular.Visit Madrid’s surroundings by car and explore the countryside.
Madrid Travel information
Travel documents: a valid, official Belgian Identity card suffices for your flight to Madrid
Local time: same time zone as Belgium.
Climate: Madrid enjoys a continental climate. Winters can be chilly to cold, summers warm to hot with temperatures exceeding 40°C.