Madrid is a lively cosmopolitan and friendly city where everyone feels at home. A place for business, the capital of Spain oﬀers a safe, comfortable setting where taking time out and doing business are equally enjoyable. Its rich artistic and natural heritage, cutting-edge transport network, quality accommodation, ﬁne cuisine, and the passion locals show when enjoying their city’s day and nightlife make it one of the most attractive cities in the world.
Peak Season: The best time to visit Madrid is in late Spring or early Fall. The summer months can get very hot so if you enjoy a quiet city, visit Madrid in August.
Offseason months: Mid-January until mid-March is low season. There is little rain and it may be a bit cold at night and early morning, but there are fewer people going to the museums like the Prado, so the waiting times are short.
Capital/Largest well-known cities: Madrid is the capital of Spain. Barcelona and Valencia also major destinations to Spain.
Airlift: Over 200 direct flights connect Madrid to more than 70 countries. There are direct flights to Madrid from New York City, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, and Philadelphia. New York City has 5 direct flights per day and Miami has 4 flights per day.
Good to know:
1. The second city in the world with the greenest spaces.
2. Restaurante Sobrino de Botin in Madrid is the oldest restaurant in the world. This antique restaurant was established in 1725 and is also recognized by The Guinness Book of Records. Hundreds of new tourists come to have a good meal in this place and the staffs provide the valuable service to the customers.
3. 6 UNESCO Heritage Sites near the city
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Top Sights To See:
The Prado: Absolutely essential, the Prado is one of the best and most popular art museums in the world. There’s an overwhelming collection of masterpieces by renaissance and baroque masters. Spain is represented by Velázquez and El Greco, the low countries by Rembrandt, Brueghel, van Dyck, and Rubens, while Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Tintoretto form the Italian contingent.
Retiro Park: Madrid’s green heart and full of elegant gardens, the Retiro is just a few steps east from the Prado and was a royal property up to the end of the 19th century when it was opened to the public. The iron and glass pavilion built to house the Philippine Exhibition in 1887 is magnificent and growing in the pond in front of it are bald cypresses, strange swamp trees that turn a lovely golden brown in summer. The oldest tree in the city is close by. It’s a Montezuma Cypress planted in 1633 and ringed by an iron fence.
Royal Palace: Built in the mid-1700s for King Philip V the Royal Palace is on the site of Madrid’s Moorish Alcázar fortress-palace, which burned down in 1734. It’s the largest royal palace in western Europe and has a blend of baroque and neoclassical styles. You have to go inside for the full experience because the royal collections and frescoes are sublime.
Hotel Ritz: The Hotel Ritz is Madrid’s last bastion of old-school Continental luxury. Shimmering chandeliers, carved-mahogany accents, and handwoven tapestries go to show that this hotel is unbothered by the latest hospitality trends. Spacious rooms, fabulous breakfasts, a storied past, and an unbeatable location within Madrid’s “Golden Triangle” of art make the Ritz one of Madrid’s most standout hotels.
AC Santo Mauro, Autograph Collection: This turn-of-the-century palace in the Chamberí district, once a duke’s residence, is now a boutique luxury hotel (managed by Marriott), an oasis of calm removed from the city center. Hand-painted frescoes crown stately halls and soaring guest rooms, balconies jut out over a tranquil garden, and marble staircase spiral between floors. Despite the Old-World aesthetic, modern amenities abound including a gym area, complete with a sauna and steam room, and a Spanish Nueva Cucina restaurant.
Hotel Unico: Situated on a quiet side street in the posh, tree-lined district of Salamanca, Hotel Único is a boutique property suited to travelers seeking a relaxing, cosmopolitan vacation. Its 44 rooms occupy a 19th-century mansion complete with wrought-iron balconies, curved staircases, and a sunny courtyard. Though the hotel boasts a thrilling two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Ramón Freixa Madrid, the outdated lobby and unremarkable rooms lag behind in the luxury department
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