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, but 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 as the Real Madrid footballers.
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?
If you’re looking to save money, then why not book ahead? Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Madrid city breaks.
Booking ahead for your city break to Madrid has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.
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Key Information: Bursting with style and beauty, Madrid is the capital city of Spain and easily attracts over 6 million visitors per year. This modern city is home to a variety of spectacular attractions, entertainment and activities. Book a city break to Madrid and experience the wonders of the Spanish capital - from the beautiful architecture and historical attractions to the exciting entertainment and vibrant nightlife.
Ideal Time to Go: Madrid is known to have a continental climate which means you can expect dry and hot summers with cold and mild winters. For those who are looking to book cheap city breaks to Madrid, we recommend visiting between March and May. These months are outside the high season which means fewer tourists, cheaper hotel rates and slightly cooler weather.
If you want to make the most out of the Spanish sun, then you should book a city break to Madrid around July to August. These months are the hottest and provide the most consistent amount of sunshine. You may also find more festivals and events on at this time of the year.
Weather: The continental climate of Madrid provides dry and hot summers with cold and mild winters. The hottest months are July and August with average temperatures reaching 25°C, whereas the coldest months are January and February with average temperatures dropping to 6°C.
Flight Time: Direct flights to Madrid from the UK can take around 2.5 hours, whereas connecting flights take longer.
Time Difference: Madrid is 1 hour ahead of the UK time.
Currency: Euro (€)
Fun Fact: There are three famous art galleries in Madrid which are relatively close to each other. The museums have been named as the ‘Golden Triangle’ which houses thousands of artworks by famous artists.
Top Tip: Remember to carry some money with when you are out and about - a lot of establishments do not accept credit cards or debit cards.
Direct flights to Madrid are available all year round at airports across the UK. As Madrid is part of Europe, it should be relatively easy to find cheap city breaks at any time of the year. Connecting flights are also available at airports across the UK, although they will take longer than direct flights.
Madrid is filled with exciting attractions and activities, all of which have something different to offer. Here are some of our recommended places to visit during your city break in Madrid:
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