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The jewel in Spain’s crown

Book flights to Madrid and see the remarkable artistic heritage and cultural pedigree of Spain’s capital city.

Walk down the streets and you’ll find medieval mansions and royal residences sitting alongside contemporary architecture. Soaked in sunshine, it’s a sight you can’t help but take a photo of.

aerial view of madrid spain

Madrid is the perfect city for slowing down and enjoying a meal as the world goes by. Try one of the gourmet restaurants or traditional tapas bars frequented by generations of locals, known as Madrilenos.

As the sun sets, the streets of the city’s many barrios come alive with music, flamenco and the buzz of people.

World-famous galleries such as the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza will delight art aficionados.

Book plane tickets to Madrid with Etihad Airways
today to find out why it’s one of the world’s most cherished destinations.

What's the weather like in Madrid?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

7°C

3cm

Feb

8°C

4cm

Mar

11°C

4cm

Apr

14°C

5cm

May

19°C

4cm

Jun

24°C

2cm

Jul

28°C

1cm

Aug

27°C

1cm

Sep

22°C

3cm

Oct

17°C

5cm

Nov

11°C

4cm

Dec

7°C

4cm

If you fly to Madrid between April and early July, or from late August to October, you’ll likely find the warmest weather. Temperatures average around 27°C for much of the summer.

Spring is also a busy time for tourism, with moderate humidity and pleasant temperatures combining to keep the conditions fresh and welcoming. Winters are mild too, making Madrid a year-round destination.

Reasons to visit Madrid

statue of diego velazquez at prado museum entrance in madrid

The majestic Museo del Prado

One of the world’s leading art galleries, the Museo del Prado is home to thousands of paintings and more than 700 sculptures – including the statue of Diego Velázguez that graces the entrance.

Work by great names such as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch can be found here, giving visitors the chance to delve deep into both Spain and Europe’s creative past.

Dating back to the early part of the 19th century, the museum offers carefully selected itineraries to suit people keen on ticking off the greats, as well as tours for those wishing to stay longer in this wondrous place.

metro sign for bernabeu stadium madrid

Take a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium

Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium has been a sporting stage for some of the finest footballers of all time – from the likes of Puskas and Di Stefano in the 50s to modern legends like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. You might spot it from the sky on your Madrid flight.

Go behind the scenes on a tour that takes in the dressing rooms, presidential balcony, coaches’ touchline seats and, of course, the pitch itself. Real Madrid’s dazzling trophy collection is on show alongside shirts, balls, documents, photos and other items of memorabilia boasting the history of this great club.

crystal palace in madrid spain

Relax in El Retiro Park

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Madrid for an hour or two and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of El Retiro Park. An oasis of nature in the heart of the city, the park is spread across more than 125 hectares and features a fascinating array of monuments, sculptures, fountains and gardens.

Rent a rowing boat and head out on the lake, visit the Crystal Palace conservatory, take in one of El Retiro’s regular puppet shows or simply sit back and unwind with some local ‘churros con chocolate’ while watching the world go by.

Things to know before you fly to Madrid

plane Airport transfers

Madrid Airport is just over seven miles from the centre. Fly to Madrid and book a transfer with Etihad to arrive quickly and in comfort. Alternatively, express shuttle buses run multiple times an hour, day and night. Taxis are available outside the airport too.

bus Getting around

A tourist travel pass allows visitors to make unlimited trips on all types of public transport in Madrid over a set period of time – available to use over a number of days. The passes can be used on the Metro, blue city buses and commuter trains. They can be bought at all metro stations as well as ‘estancos’ – local tobacco shops.

accommodation Where to stay

The Gran Vía is the main avenue running through the heart of Madrid and a good base for people wanting to sample the city’s colourful atmosphere at close quarters. It’s also a five or 10-minute walk from a number of popular districts, including Chueca and Huertas, where you’ll find a mixture of boutique and branded hotels.

currency Currency

The currency in Spain is the euro (EUR). Credit cards are accepted by most major retailers and you’ll find ATMs and exchange bureaus throughout the city.

Flying to Madrid: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Madrid?

Two days will give you a tantalising flavour of Madrid’s special brand of magic, but a week or more is the ideal length of time to appreciate the city. Take a trip by cable car to Casa de Campo, one of Europe’s largest parks and home to thrilling rollercoaster rides. From Madrid, explore more of Spain: head north-east to Barcelona or south to Seville.

What food is Madrid known for?

No stay in Madrid is complete without a visit to a tapas bar, where bite-sized snacks such as Spanish tortilla, croquettes, aged cheese, chorizo and Iberico ham combine to mouth-watering gastronomic effect. For those who want something more formal, the city boasts around 20 restaurants with a Michelin star.

What should I see in Madrid?

There is always something new to discover when you book plane tickets to Madrid, but must-see
attractions include the magnificent Royal Palace, the Cibeles Fountain and Botin’s, reputed to be the world’s oldest restaurant. The Rastro, a sprawling open-air market held on Sunday mornings, is also well worth fitting
into your schedule.

Why we love Madrid

“It’s amazing how quickly you start to feel like a local in Madrid, eating in tapas bars and soaking up the special culture and world-class art. Watching Real Madrid at the Bernabeu is a highlight – the roar of the crowd will carry you away.”

The best of Madrid

Tinted red, gold and orange by the sun, Madrid is a glorious capital. Streets are lined with cafes, many new, others with a storied past, all serving local treats and sensational tapas. The city is imbued with art, with masterpieces behind the doors of the stately galleries and museums that pepper Madrid.

In the mornings, admire the architecture, explore the buildings and tick off the big-hitters. In the afternoon, plan some shopping or enjoy a siesta in the city park. And in the evening? Madrid comes alive – experience the atmosphere in a tapas bar or traditional restaurant. Explore more of this sizzling slice of Spain with Atlas magazine.

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Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Madrid (MAD)

Departure Mon 16 Mar 2020,
Return Sun 22 Mar 2020
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Weather in Madrid

17 °C
Monday24 Feb 2020
15 °C
Tuesday25 Feb 2020
12 °C
Wednesday26 Feb 2020
12 °C
Thursday27 Feb 2020
15 °C
Friday28 Feb 2020
15 °C
Saturday29 Feb 2020
14 °C
Sunday1 Mar 2020
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