The cosmopolitan capital of Spain is a popular city break for those looking for great shopping, superb restaurants and lively nightlife. Thanks to the huge range of attractions and activities, parks, restaurant-lined squares, outdoor markets and the excellent transport system (not to mention a wide range of great-value hotels to suit all tastes and budget), Madrid holidays make for a perfect long weekend with friends, family and partners.
Benefitting from the sizzling Spanish temperatures, Madrid is one of the top city break destinations in Europe. As well as boasting amazing architecture, rich culture, sensational cuisine and cool bars and clubs, Madrid is a shopper's paradise with a huge range of shops and malls right in the centre of the city. Mercado San Miguel, Plaza de Cibeles, Retiro Park, Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) are some of the best places to visit during your holidays in Madrid. You can also walk along the Gran Vía and visit some of the biggest museums and small galleries in the town if you fancy a burst of culture.
The best time to visit Madrid is during the months of May in spring and October in autumn, however, the weather in May is pretty balmy with an average temperature of 16°C, when the city experiences maximum footfall. Madrid-Barajas Airport is nearest to the city, located in the northeast of Madrid and only 12km from Madrid City centre. And it's fairly accessible from all major tourist spots of Spain, too.
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