Madrid Hotels, holiday accommodation in Madrid, central Spain
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Madrid

<span>Madrid</span>Madrid
<span>Madrid</span>Madrid
<span>Madrid, la Almenuda Cathedral</span>Madrid, la Almenuda Cathedral
<span>Madrid, Puerto de Alcala</span>Madrid, Puerto de Alcala
<span>Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial</span>Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial
<span>Madrid, S.Lorenzo de El Escorial</span>Madrid, S.Lorenzo de El Escorial
<span>Madrid, Alcala de Henares</span>Madrid, Alcala de Henares
<span>Madrid, Aranjuez. The Royal Palace</span>Madrid, Aranjuez. The Royal Palace
<span>Alcala de Henares, Plaza de Cervantes</span>Alcala de Henares, Plaza de Cervantes
<span>Aranjuez, Royal Palace</span>Aranjuez, Royal Palace
<span>Aranjuez, Palace gardens</span>Aranjuez, Palace gardens
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Madrid stands at the very centre of Spain –geographically, culturally and politically. Madrid capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. The power and glory of Madrid is reflected in its parks, plazas, boulevards and in the pride and panache of today’s Madrilenos. For all its international veneer, however, the city remains thoroughly Spanish, and Old Madrid has been designed on a human scale rather than a monumental scale.

Among the splendid attractions of Madrid are the Prado Museum; home to masterworks of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco: the 19th century Villahermosa Palace now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum; the Reina Sofia Art Centre showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro &  Picasso among others; the 18th century Royal Palace on the lovely Plaza de Oriente; the bustling Puerta del Sol with its many shops, restaurants and tapas bars; Rastro Market on Sundays one of the oldest outdoor markets in Europe; and Retiro Park for strolling while admiring local artists and buskers.

Monumental Cities and Towns

  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial: here lies the impressive Monastery of El Escorial, with its Basilica, the Patio de los Reyes, Royal Palaces, Chapterhouses and the Library.
  • Alcala de Henares: World Heritage city, the University (founded in 1499), with interesting cloisters, gardens and the Auditorium.
  • Aranjuez: here see the 15th century Royal Palace, containing three principal gardens: Jardin del Parrete, de la Isla and del Principe.

History and Geography

Madrid is located in the heart of the Iberian peninsula and right in the centre of the Castillian plain 646 meters above sea level. The city has a population over 3 million. The type of climate is the same as in the rest of the Spanish plain: severe winters and very warm summers, reaching temperatures over 30ºC.
The grand metropolis of Madrid can trace its origins to the times of Arab Emir Mohamed I (852-886). It later became the subject of a dispute between the Christians and Arabs. At the end of the 17th century, under the Bourbons, a defensive wall was built for the protection of the new outlying areas. Contemporary Madrid continues to be Spain´s centre, geographically, politically and culturally speaking.

 

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Cuisine

Madrid is a melting pot for cuisine from all over the peninsula. Traditional Madrid dishes include the cocido madrileño (a type of stew). Callos or tripe is another of the typical dishes identified with local cuisine. Also the humble and savory sopa de ajo (garlic soup) and caracoles (snails). Typical desserts are barquillos (rolled wafers) or buñuelos (fritters filled with custard, cream, chocolate, etc.).

Festivals

  • May: 2nd of May, a festival of the Community of Madrid, celebrations include a wide variety of concerts, dancing, sporting event and bullfights.
  • May: 15th of May marks the start of the Fiestas de San Isidro, patron saint of Madrid. The most lively popular festivities in Madrid.
  • August: from the 6th to the 15th, the Fiestas de San Lorenzo, San Cayetano and the Virgen de la Paloma are commemorated with processions, open-air dancing, and sidewalk concerts.

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Accommodation

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Below please find a selection of the accommodation we offer in this area. Click on the Hotel Code or information symbol for photographs and detailed information about each property.

Hotel Location Hotel Ref. Classification Information Planner
Accommodation in MADRID MAD01 Central Hotel
MAD04 Central Hotel
MAD05 Central Hotel
MAD09 Central Hotel
MAD10 Central Hotel
MAD14 Central Hotel
MAD18 Central Hotel
MAD21 Self Catering
MAD23 Central Hotel
MAD34 Central Hotel
MAD36 Central Hotel
MAD39 Central Hotel
MAD48 Central Hotel
MAD49 Central Hotel
MAD53 Central Hotel
MAD54 Central Hotel
MAD56 Central Hotel
MAD58 Self Catering
MAD60 Central Hotel
MAD64 Central Hotel
MAD65 Central Hotel
MAD66 Central Hotel
MAD68 Central Hotel
MAD81 Central Hotel
MAD85 Central Hotel
MAD87 Central Hotel
MAD89 Central Hotel

Below please find a selection of the accommodation we offer in this area. Click on the Hotel Code or information symbol for photographs and detailed information about each property.

Hotel Location Hotel Ref. Classification Information Planner
Accommodation in CHINCHON PAR46 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
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