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A Weekend in Madrid

The Spanish capital city is not only a business center and home to the Government of Spain and the Royal Family, it also makes it an exciting location for a city break. Get to Madrid’s Barajas Airport about 8 miles from town, and there are many connections to the town center. The metro is the best option, and will take you out of the Nuevos Ministerios half-hour drive from where you can connect to the nearest metro station of your hotel. There is also a bus to the airport in the city center, stopping at the Plaza de Colón in the center of town, or if you want to drop in at the door, you can grab the AeroCITY minibus or get a taxi. These are slow options even when traffic is high. Travelzoo is a great place to find cheap travel and holiday deals in Madrid.

Where to Continue To avoid a short stay in Madrid, book yourself in one of the many centrally located hostels or hotels (even if Madrid is fair and easily navigated by metro, so you will not be away from action no matter where you stay). If you want to stay central and on a budget there are many hostels to choose from including Hostal Acapulco, which is one of the best, or Hostal América, with a rooftop roof overlooking the city. For a little extra you can try the Ateneo Hotel, which is very safe and the rooms have private balconies, or for a more luxurious stay there is the five star Hesperia Hotel. What Not to Remember A weekend in Madrid would not be complete without a visit to at least one of the many art galleries it offers.

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, in the district of Atocha, is the site of some of Spain’s most famous artefacts and draws people to work with the likes of Picasso and Dalí, and it houses the sculptures and modern media arts such as photography and film as well as paints. For lovers of more traditional works, Palacio Real (Royal Palace) opens its doors and has a fine display of paintings by Rubens, Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and Caravaggio among others. There are also Tiépolo frescos found in the palace.

Of course Madrid is also famous for bullfighting, so for the brokenhearted (and if you will) go to La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. Or, for a little less bloodthirsty, look forward to seeing one of the most famous football teams in the world move and catch a home game in Real Madrid if you can. If your trip doesn’t match the football season you can still travel around the Bernabéu stadium and visit the trophy, and walk the pitch. You can fly directly to Spain with Fly Monarch, which offers cheap flights to Spain, as well as flights to other Spanish destinations such as Barcelona; the country’s capital may make a useful starting point for a trip to Spain.