One of the decisions you will take most time over is the difficult choice about where to go on holiday. Many factors will influence your decision, with two of the most essential being the climate that you want to experience and the attractions that you want to visit, but the accommodation available is also of utmost importance. A quality hotel can make or break a fantastic holiday, and with dozens of fantastic Madrid hotels to choose from the Spanish capital’s accommodation certainly won’t leave you disappointed.
The Internet is definitely the place to check out the best hotels available in the Spanish city and you’ll find a range of different hotels in Madrid. Travel websites are also the place where you’ll find the best deals on accommodation and help save those all-important pounds. You can stay in accommodation such as the Hostal Astoria for less than 50 euros a night, providing you with a place to hit the sack after a long day and night of entertainment in the Spanish capital.
By inputting your ideal criteria you’ll be able to find the Madrid hotel that is perfect for you in a matter of minutes. After choosing your preferred type of accommodation, you can then go into more detail and enter the area of Madrid you’d like to stay in, the budget you’re trying to stick to and the star rating of accommodation that you’re after. Once you’ve completed that the list of hundreds of hotels will be reduced to the select few that directly match your needs and all that’s left for you to do is to choose the hotel that you like the look of.
Finding the right hotel is important as you’ll be desperate for a good night’s sleep after a tiring day exploring Madrid and once you’ve completed that task all your attentions will turn to mapping out your itinerary for your holiday. Whether you’re planning a weekend break in Madrid or a much longer trip, you’ll still find that there’s possibly too much to do and will have to selective in the things that you really want to experience and attractions that you could possibly visit another time.
The first stop for many tourists is a slice of the city’s culture. Madrid is renowned for a number of activities, but bullfighting and Spanish flamenco are the two of the most famous. These activities may appeal to different people, but both offer an insight into the Spanish way of life and are where the greatest Spanish passion can be found. This is also the case with football, and if you visit Madrid in the football season then you could do a lot worse than buy a ticket to watch Real Madrid play a home match in the Santiago Bernabeu. An essential part of any country’s culture is its cuisine and Spain –
Madrid in particular – is no different. Spain is well known for its leisurely tapas culture – where you can take your pick of a range of savoury foods while washing your selections down with a glass of red wine. Rioja is highly recommended, while Vermouth is another drink that Spaniards drink like there’s no tomorrow. The sweet red concoction made with wine, herbs and fruit peel, among other ingredients, is an essential part of a Sunday evening in the city centre.
Part of Spanish culture is to eat late in the evening, and all of the top restaurants in Madrid will be open up until almost midnight. This is perfect for visitors to the city as if you start early in the morning you’ll be able to fit in a lot of activities during the day and see a lot of attractions before you experience the tapas cuisine in the evening. One of Madrid’s best restaurants that will provide you with an unbelievable taste sensation is La Torre del Oro, an Andalucian tapas bar that will give you a truly authentic taste of Spain.
There’s no need to restrict your tapas consumption till the evening either, as there are a handful of Madrid attractions based on food. One of these is Museo del Jamon, of which there are a number of branches across the city. The museum really is a sight that is a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds. There are dozens of hams hanging from the ceiling in each museum that are just begging to be sampled in one of their restaurants.
The Museo del Jamon is the perfect place to visit for a midday snack, while the many Madrid markets are also an essential visit if you’re planning on having a picnic in one of the city’s parks. The Jardin Botanico is Madrid’s finest botanical garden that houses tens of thousands of plants from around the world. But if you’re after a location for a picnic then the Parque del Buen Retiro will suit you down to a tee, as you can relax in beautiful surroundings and escape from the Spanish sun under the shade of a 200 year old tree.
If you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone and experience some Madrid culture as well as fill a little hole in your stomach then there are many local delicacies to try. One of these is montecados, cookies that are made with almond and aniseed. These might not be especially good for you, but you’re allowed to indulge yourself on holiday and these delicious cookies will go down well with anyone with a sweet tooth.
On a visit to Madrid you certainly won’t be short of places to eat, and you might find that your appetite refuses to lessen given all the fantastic restaurants based in the city centre. A great Spanish meal is the perfect way to end a day of your holiday in the Spanish capital, and after a glass of wine in the evening all that’s left for you to do is retreat to the comfort of your Madrid hotel.