Main airport Barajas has direct connections with many European cities and overseas hubs. From the airport itself, it takes only 20 minutes by car to reach the city centre. The Metro is the fastest way to get around, however the centre itself is very walkable. Private car transfers are possible, but like most big cities, traffic can become congested at times.
Climate & seasons
Like most European destinations, the hottest time of the year falls between July and August. The peak summer season does get busy though, so if you want to enjoy the city with less crowds, the weather is still warm in the middle of spring or the middle of autumn. Winter is significantly colder, and at times it even snows.
Where to go
The capital’s most famed landmarks are Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol and El Retiro Park. Retail lovers will enjoy the high-end designer outlets at Gran Vía and Calle de Serrano. Alternatively, the traditional El Rastro flea market every Sunday offers a snippet into local bustle and exchange. Art enthusiasts have the likes of classical Museo del Prado, modern Museo Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum at their disposal. Finally, if you seek a day trip slightly further afield, Toledo, El Escorial and Segovia are all excellent spots.
What to do
The city of Madrid emits enough magic to appease all tastes. Whether you are a museumgoer or gourmet lover, you can revel in an array of choices at your doorstep. Michelin-starred dining and exclusive wine tastings are on the cards. History lovers will absolutely adore a visit to the ancient cities of Toledo or Segovia. Meanwhile, football fans can go for a game at Santiago Bernabeu or Wanda Metropolitano Stadiums.