As the capital city of Spain, Madrid buzzes with activity both day and night. With a vibrant arts scene, beautiful buildings and world-famous nightlife, Madrid is one of the most underrated holiday destinations in Europe.
Madrid's high altitude of 667m (2nd highest capital city in Europe) means hot summers, with temperatures over 35°C, and cold spells during the brief winter months. The best time to visit is either in spring, to profit from the season's mild temperatures, or in autumn when the air turns crisp and fresh.
Things to do in Madrid
Exploring Madrid is an experience for all the senses - with the sounds of guitar music floating out of bars, flamenco dancers performing in sun-drenched plazas and mouth-watering tapas to sample. One could spend hours wandering around some of the world-class art galleries in Madrid, including the grand Museo del Prado or quirky Reina Sofia.
Must-see places include the stunning Plaza Major, a square that fills with street performers and outdoor eateries during the summer, El Rastro Sunday market and the beautiful park, El Retiro.
Madrid restaurants offer something for everyone, though trying out Madrid favourites such as el Jamon Iberico, la tortilla (omelet with potatoes) and las patatas bravas is certainly a must for visitors.
Madrileños are friendly, approachable people and passionate about their city, so expect a warm welcome to Madrid and don't be too shy to ask for recommendations.