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Madrid is Spain’s capital city and is home to over 3 million people, making it the second biggest city in Europe. Madrid is in the centre of Spain and is its own autonomous community. Famous for its history, architecture, and its presence in world football, as it is home to Real Madrid, the record holders for the most Champions League trophies.
As Madrid is one of the biggest cities in Europe, there are an endless number of attractions. A must do while in Madrid is a visit to Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main square which has a wild history, as the square has hosted bullfights, coronations, and even beheadings throughout its history. Another attraction with significant historical importance in Madrid is the Royal Palace. Although it is no longer the residence of Spain’s royal family, it is a truly sight to behold!
A trip to Madrid is perfect for families and couples who have a passion for sightseeing and exploring new cities. There is so much to see and do, you could spend weeks on end in Madrid and not get bored!
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Madrid has a vibrant nightlife scene with many rooftop bars, which is a fantastic way to enjoy a drink in the sun.
In Madrid you will find the best cuisine that Spain has to offer, with restaurant’s specializing in both Spanish cuisine authentic International cuisine from all over the world. Madrid is also home to the oldest restaurant in the world, so if you’re looking for an antique food experience, visit Sobrino de Botin!
If you’re looking for a fun day out in Madrid, look no further than Parque de Atracciones, Madrid’s amusement park, which is home to over 30 different attractions.
For the best retail shopping in Madrid visit the Centro Comercial Principe pio, a shopping center in the heart of Madrid, home to over 200 fashion outlets.
Madrid’s mad cool music festival is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. The Festival takes place annually in July and previously had performances from music artists including Pearl Jam, the 1975 and Tame Impala.
As Madrid is such a big city, tourists can visit at any time during the year in which they will find a lively atmosphere. Madrid experiences cold winters and hot summers, so if you love a sun holiday, we recommend visiting in the summer months when temperatures average in the low thirties.
Euro is the currency used in Spain.
Madrid is one hour ahead of Ireland (GMT+1)
Flights from Dublin to Madrid operate seven days a week, with the estimated flight time being two and forty minutes. Madrid has efficient public transport, so there is no need to rent bikes or cars while holidaying in Madrid.