As the capital of Spain, Madrid embodies a thoroughly national spirit and identity, displayed through its architecture, art, traditions and its proud Madrileños (local residents). Business, study and pleasure mingle together, resulting in a cosmopolitan city that has something for everyone. Perfect for both short breaks and longer holidays, Madrid offers up a phenomenal amount of cultural delights, from world-class museums to tasty tapas and all-night parties. Book your cheap flights to Madrid with Flybe to plan your next trip to the Spanish capital.
Flight frequency: Several/Week
Currency: EUR (€)
In addition to being the seat of the government and home of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the heart of Spanish business, welcoming professionals from all over the world. Add to the mix a vibrant student population and you have all the makings of an international cosmopolitan city. Equally suited for work and play, Madrid dazzles with its art, architecture and efficient public transportation. Breathtaking cityscapes are a prominent characteristic of Madrid and seemingly everywhere you turn a gorgeous plaza or church appears ripe for photo opportunities. The city boasts fine art galleries and museums, as well as first-rate shopping. Foodies hoping to sample Spain’s celebrated cuisine and wine will enjoy the cafes as well as the gourmet restaurants, and night owls will rejoice in the country’s late-night culture.
Traditional tapas – or, small sharing plates – are a staple presence in Madrid restaurants and two places to hit for a great night of food followed by music are La Latina and Gran Hotel Conde Duque. Stylish Madrileños fill these popular bars from 1:00am until at least 5:00am most nights - remember, Spaniards enjoy late dinners. Another fun and delicious place to check out is the Museo del Jamón. A cheap and cheerful Spanish deli, it specialises in hams, cheeses and beers and is a local favourite.
Home to big name brands like Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti and Desigual, visitors looking for fashion will be in heaven shopping in Madrid. The locals pride themselves in looking put-together, and the Salamanca area is a good starting point to build that new wardrobe. For something a bit quirkier, bargain-hunters might enjoy a lazy Sunday at the El Rastro flea market, famous for its record shops and alternative clothing stalls.
Art lovers will be overjoyed at the choice of classical masterpieces and modern art on view. In the Museo del Prado, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art (all clustered around Metro station Atocha) are some of the finest paintings in the world. Collections at the museums include works by iconic Spanish artists Goya and Velázquez alongside Van Gogh, Monet, Mondrian, Dalí, Kandinsky and Miró. Make your first stop the Museo Nacional Del Prado. This national art museum is hard to miss, being located in the city centre, and plays host to one of the finest collections of European art in the world. As well as showcasing Spanish art for which the museum is famous, the museum also houses a number of prominent sculptures, including a statue of Velazquez himself.
Also known as Madrid-Barajas, this truly international hub holds a leading position among world airports and is situated just 12km northeast of the Spanish capital.
IATA code: MAD
Name: Madrid-Barajas Airport
Address: Avenida de la Hispanidad, s/n, 28042 Madrid, Spain
Telephone: +34 913 21 10 00
If you wish to bring your own car, there are excellent short and long stay parking facilities available at reasonable prices. All car parks are situated within easy walking distance of the departure areas.
Several city, inter-city and long distance bus routes run from the airport to central Madrid, nearby towns and large cities in the rest of Spain, with routes and prices to suit every kind of passenger. There is also a modern suburban train line that connects Terminal T4 with several tourist locations in Madrid, including Chamartin, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha and Principe Pío, with an estimated travel time to Chamartin of just 11 minutes.
All terminals have signposted official taxi ranks outside arrivals areas and all airport taxi fares include a supplement of €5.50. Official Madrid taxis are white cars with a red stripe and the Madrid City Council coat-of-arms on the doors.
A number of car hire companies including Avis operate in the airport. If you are planning to explore the city (or beyond) this may be a good option. We recommend booking in advance.