Spain is certainly not just a country of beach resorts, and it’s certainly not all about Barcelona; all too often we focus on the holiday hotspots, but we tend to overlook some of the other important stuff, namely the capital city!
Madrid is a place that everyone should visit once, if not only for the amazing royal architecture, but for the beautiful weather and cosmopolitan vibe.
Anyone who loves history of regal nature will love the feel of Madrid, and its appearance in particular. The weather is also a major plus point, because if you want a tan, Madrid in the summer is the place to go! Of course, it’s also rather hot and humid when you are in the middle of a city, so it’s a good idea to follow the Spanish way and enjoy a siesta!
The airport is a little distance out of the city centre itself, so if you are staying in the middle of the city, as most people do, then you need to look at options to get from the airport to your hotel. There are shuttles available, and there are taxis, but if you want to really get in with the regal feel of the city, how about going one further and hiring a limo to take you from A to B? You will certainly get a few admiring glances, and you’ll save plentiful time commuting too.
If you’re wondering about the major sights within Madrid itself, well the good news is that they are all very central, so you don’t really have to wander too far. The main streets, especially the shopping streets, including Gran Via, Alcala Street and Paseo de la Castellana. Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, and Plaza de Colon, are all very close to each other, and can be usually be wandered around by foot, which gives you exercise and also helps you see more, in less time.
We mentioned the weather earlier, and during the main summer months the city bathes in almost constant sunshine, often with high temperatures, but winter is something totally different; at this time you can see cold temperatures, and occasionally there is the odd amount of snowfall. If you venture out of the city, into the surrounding mountains, then you will certainly see an accumulation of snow during the winter months.
Put simply, Madrid is a city that is fit for royalty.