Madrid is a wonderful destination for a holiday with a lot to offer visitors of all ages, and as well as the bustling main city there are some stunning nearby coastal resorts which make fantastic destinations for a summer sun break.

Because this has been one of the top destinations for UK visitors for many years there are lots of cheap flights on offer departing from airports all over the UcheK to Madrid Barajas Airport (AD), and the best deals on airline tickets can often be found online at websites like www.cheapflights.co.uk  www.dealchecker.co.uk and www.cheapoair.com. You should also check the last minute boards in local travel agents and Teletext, but don’t forget to compare prices as sometimes you can get even cheaper prices on the budget airlines by booking well in advance, rather than leaving it to the last minute

Madrid Guide
Madrid is Spain’s capital and is the heart of its political and financial services, so you will find that this city has a very business like feel, with busy rush hours and lots of office complexes, but there is also a lot of culture and history here to and this has been the home of the Royal Court since 1561, and there are some excellent palaces, cathedrals, municipal buildings and monuments dotted all over the city.

Madrid also has some stunning galleries such as Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia, and these have a number of wonderful exhibits including many religious paints and royal treasures.

Best times to Visit
The main bulk of festivals held in Madrid start in the spring, with Easter being one of the biggest holiday periods of the year with much feasting and celebrating all over the city and so this really is the best time to visit if you want to enjoy Madrid at its most vibrant. The summers can get very hot and sunny, which is great for the beach but not so good for visiting monument s and sights during the day, but the warm summer nights are a true pleasure, and perfect for dining out with friends in one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants. Surprisingly the winters can get quite cold in Madrid , but many of the main attractions are still open and this is a great time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds and get some great deals on off season accommodation and cheap flights.
Getting around
Madrid is a business city so the public transport systems are reasonable and very efficient, and there are bus and metro services which can take you all round the city centre and suburbs quickly and easily. Driving in Madrid is a challenge as the roads are very busy and the driving style is quite aggressive and unpredictable, and there is not a lot of parking so if you want to visit the sights or go shopping you are much better off with public transport and taxis. Taxis are set on standard fares but if you are going a long distance it can be a good idea to agree a fare with the driver before you set off and this could save you a lot of money.

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