Madrid City Breaks
Madrid is totally unlike other European city breaks. On one side it has the ambience of a typical Mediterranean resort, and on the other it’s the sophisticated capital city of Spain, with designer stores, pavement cafes, art galleries and all-night clubs. We at Co-operative Travel have some great deals on bargain city breaks to Madrid. What you do there is up to you.
Madrid package city breaks are all about wining and dining. The Madrid culture is one of long leisurely lunches and sanguine suppers, so expect a lot of your short visit to be spent exploring the tapas bars and pavement cafes. Each city area has its own vibe, from the historic, traditional bars of the Latina district, to the chic, trendy bars and restaurants of the Malasana quarter. In the Huerta district you can party till dawn at the clubs. Cheap Madrid city breaks booked near the sophisticated Paseo del Prado boulevard offer the chance to dine at the same upscale restaurants the Real Madrid footballers use.
Those booking last minute Madrid city breaks for the first time will probably be happy just drinking up the vibrant atmosphere. This being Madrid, there are numerous places to shop for cheap designer bargains – Calle de Serrano, Salamanca and Chueca being some of the best shopping areas. Those on cultural breaks will find plenty to occupy them too, from the Goya and Velázquez artworks of the Prado Museum, to the Baroque splendour of the Royal Palace.
Other attractions include the Sofia Art Museum and the San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage, which has frescoes by Goya. For those taking Madrid city breaks with children, the Parque de Atracciones theme park has everything in the way of entertainment, while El Pantano lake has passable beaches.
Madrid can get overpoweringly hot in the summer months, with temperatures as high as 40 degrees. We at Co-operative Travel suggest looking for cheap Madrid city breaks in May or October, when temperatures are perfect. How about taking weekend breaks to get a taster for the city?