If you prefer city trips then Madrid is the place for you. It is packed with sites, activities and areas to explore over the summer months. The centre is full of history filled with ornate architecture such as; Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Cibeles to name a few.
Discovering the inner city is easily achieved on foot, yet to guarantee you see as much as possible from this central European destination, pick up a car from Avis at the airport to weave in and out of the greater city
If you are a sporting fan, make sure you visit the Santiago Bernabeu stadium for a live game. Football is inherent in the culture, where historical landmarks meet sporting events such as the Cibeles Fountain (situated in the middle of the Plaza Mayor) where Real Madrid players celebrate their victories. (If you support Atletico de Madrid then celebrations take place at the Neptuno Fountain)
If you prefer a bit of retail therapy, Madrid is a great place shop. Wonder across the Gran Via towards Puerta del Sol for well-known retailers mixed in with local Spanish brands. The neighbourhood known as Salamanca down the popularly known ‘Gold Mile’ plays host to high end designers and luxury boutiques to choose from.
For a culinary experience that will give you a taste of Spain, Madrid has a lot to offer. You can find a mixture of both international and national restaurants with great tasting food. Enjoy traditional Tapas and local dishes in the Plaza Mayor or the area La Latina, whilst sitting outside on the terraces filled with a lively ambient. Why not take a stroll in El Retiro, a beautiful central park taking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city after your meal.
If you want to soak up some culture, there is always the Prado Museum, which is home to one of the most complete collections of European art, including some highly respected Spanish artists such as Velazquez and Goya.
In full, Madrid has an array of things to do and see therefore making a perfect pit stop on your travels this summer.
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