It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years. Yet, even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party atmosphere at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socializing, you can take a few days out and enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe.

Facts

Population

3.3 million in the inner city area (the metropolitan area of Madrid has a population of 6 million)

Currency

Euro, €1 = 100 cents

Opening hours

Traditionally 10.00 to 14.00, then 17.00 to 20.00, though these times may vary. Nowadays, however, it is more usual for shops to open from 10.00 in the morning until 22.00.

Newspapers

El País El Mundo ABC

Tourist information

Madrid Tourist Centre Plaza Mayor 27 +34 91 588 16 36 Colon Tourist Centre Plaza Colón s/n

Travel to Madrid

Book your flights to Madrid with Etihad Airways and get ready for the most wonderful trip imaginable. Madrid can be appreciated in so many ways; with its rich cultural heritage and varied day and nightlife, for a zesty Spanish experience it is a superb choice of destination.

Top 5 Things To Do in Madrid

  • Madrid’s rich artistic culture is impossible to ignore, so make the most of it and visit the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  • Take in the wonderful palaces and architecture all around, such as the elaborate Palacio Real where artefacts show a sumptuous bygone age
  • Book a day trip to Segovia and visit the famous Roman viaduct which is an engineering masterpiece
  • For outdoor activities visit the Sabatini Gardens near the Royal Palace and relax on a park bench whilst you admire the well-kept foliage
  • If strolling in the city, watch out for the spectacular La Cibeles Fountain, famous for being not only sculpturally stunning, but a favourite feature of local football celebrations

Plan Your Madrid Holiday

Madrid enjoys scorching summers, but is renowned for its extreme winters. A summer holiday is best to appreciate the array of stunning features the city offers, but be prepared for blazing sunshine. Even a winter trip is worth considering, as days are cold but often crystal clear.

Finding flights deals to Madrid is easy with Etihad’s plentiful and popular deals. If you wish to focus on museum and gallery visits, then bear in mind that such attractions are closed on Mondays, and check if any local festivals are planned at your chosen visiting time. It is best to book your hotel and your tickets to Madrid well in advance of your trip; cheap hotels in Madrid are easy to find in the off peak season and further out from the city centre.

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