Cheap Flights to Madrid
Madrid is the heart of culture and entertainment in Spain. Lying on the central high plains of the Iberian Peninsula, it recalls a bygone era when the wealth and power of Spain was unparalleled. While a treasure trove of high culture, the city is also a trendsetter on the cutting edge of art and music. It may also be Europe's most fun city where clubbing is a way of life when locals and visitors aren't having a relaxing siesta under the sun.Madrid Travel Guide
Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD)
Flights to Madrid land at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD). This airport is considered an artistic masterpiece with its vaulted, sweeping ceilings. It is the fifth-busiest airport in Europe and is served by all major international carriers with nonstop service to the Western Hemisphere and Asia. The Madrid-Barajas International Airport is about a half-hour northeast of Madrid, only about 7.5 miles from downtown. Madrid is connected to the airport by subway at Nuevos Ministerios where travelers can take Line 8 to the airport. There are two stops at the airport at Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. In addition, a free green shuttle bus runs between the terminals 24 hours a day for passengers who are catching connecting flights to Madrid.
Attractions in Madrid
There are three main themes in the life of a Madrid local: art, food and going out. Art is everywhere in Madrid with a blend of Gothic and modern architectural styles and public art displayed prominently. You'll find galleries dedicated to every taste and interest.
Madrid is the center of Spain, and Sol is the center of Madrid. Travelers who choose to stay in this area will find they are within easy walking distance of major attractions like the Royal Palace. To the east of Sol, you will find Madrid's golden triangle of art: Museo Nacional del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum. Take time to enjoy the lovely green Buen Retiro Park where these museums are located, which also holds the Palacio de Cristal.
One of Madrid's main attractions is found in the northern suburbs at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium where the faithful come to cheer on Real Madrid, possibly the most famous football team in the world. Madrid is also the center of Spain's bullfighting. Every March to October, bullfights are held on Sundays and public holidays at the Las Ventas stadium.
Madrid Travel Tips
Madrid is known to have hot, dry summers averaging 75 degrees Fahrenheit and moderate winters with temperatures in the 40s.
While there is no shortage of five-star restaurants in town, you can feast on tapas and Madrid's signature ham for around $20 per person. The city's club scene is one of the best in Europe but doesn't get going until late. Normal dinnertime in the city is usually between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Madrid is a gay-friendly city with many visitors being drawn to the attractions of the Chueca neighborhood, the heart of the city's gay community.