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  • Madrid - typically your starting point for most Spain holidays.
  • Skyline
  • Gran Via is the main shopping street
  • Cibeles Palace
  • Puerta de Alcala

Madrid is the capital and the largest city in Spain. It is the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin and its metropolitan area is the third largest in the European Union after London and Paris. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government and residence of the Spanish Monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the country to be visited on Spain holidays.

While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of its many historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Madrid is also home to two world-famous football clubs; Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid. 

The streets of Madrid are a veritable museum of outdoor sculpture to be enjoyed on trips to Spain. For example, the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture, located in the Paseo de la Castellana, is dedicated to abstract works. The Paseo del Prado has a number of classical monumental fountains. 

Many areas of the Buen Retiro Park contain sculptures. Among them are The Fallen Angel by Ricardo Bellver, and the Monument to Alfonso XII, designed by José Grases Riera. Madrid is the European city with the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant and it has the second highest number of aligned trees in the world. Madrid's citizens all have access to large green areas.  

Buen Retiro Park, formerly the grounds of the palace built for Philip IV of Spain, is Madrid's most popular park and the largest park in central Madrid.  It is located very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city but one can escape very easily to view the more tranquil pastime of pleasure boating which is popular. Atocha Railway Station is the city's first and most central station and also home to a large indoor garden with more than 500 species of plant life and ponds with turtles and goldfish. 

The Casa de Campo is an enormous urban parkland to the west of the city, the largest in Spain and Madrid's main green lung. It is home to a fairground, the Madrid Zoo, an amusement park, the Parque de Atracciones of Madrid and an outdoor municipal pool. To enjoy a bird's eye view of the park and city on a holiday in Spain, one can take a cable car trip above the tree tops. Casa de Campo's vegetation is one of its most important features.  

The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid is an extensive botanical garden located in the Plaza de Murillo next to the Prado Museum. There is an important research facility that started life as a base to develop herbal remedies and to house the species collected from the New World. 

The Royal Palace is surrounded by three green areas. In front of the palace are the gardens of the Plaza de Oriente; to the north, the gardens of Sabatini and to the west up to the Manzanares River, the famous Campo del Moro. The Campo del Moro Gardens is a scenic garden with an unusual layout filled with foliage and embodies a romantic atmosphere. 

Mount of El Pardo is a Mediterranean forest inside the city of Madrid and one of the best preserved Mediterranean forests in Europe. The European Union has designated it as a Special Protection Area for bird-life. 

The Prado Museum is a museum and art gallery that features one of the world's finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century.  The collection currently comprises around 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 5000 prints and 8,000 drawings.  The Prado is one of the most visited museums in the world and is considered to be among the greatest museums of art. It has the best collection of artworks by Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, Hieronymus Bosch, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Van Dyck and Albrecht Durer. The Reina Sofía Museum is Spain's national museum of 20th Century art but mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's greatest 20th Century masters, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miro.  The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum that fills the historical gaps in its counterparts' collections. In the Prado's case, this includes works from the Italian English, Dutch and German schools including Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the second half of the 20th century.  The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando functions as a museum and gallery that houses a fine art collection of paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries and is also the headquarters of the Madrid Academy of Art. These are all outstanding art galleries and museums when on Spain holidays.

The nightlife in Madrid is one of the city's main attractions. Tapas bars, cocktail bars, clubs, jazz lounges, live music venues, Flamenco theatres and establishments of all kinds cater to everyone. Every night there is a wide range of live music shows, everything from acclaimed to up-and-coming artists, singer-songwriters to rock bands or jazz concerts.

For dining, there are many restaurants of all types of cuisine in Madrid. You can find not only Spanish food but also cuisine from other countries: Asian food, Chinese food, Japanese food, Italian food and Peruvian food.

Consider an additional stopover to your Spain vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Spain.

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Madrid, Spain

  • Andalusia & Toledo Escorted Tour: Barcelona to Madrid

    Discover the historic cities of Spain, exploring Moorish influences and medieval architecture in Barcelona, Madrid, Andalusia and Toledo. Stay in first class accommodations, enjoy arrival and departure transfers and daily excursions, meals, comfortable transportation and an experienced tour manager during the escorted portion of the program.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,508
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Andalusia and the Mediterranean Coast Escorted Tour: Madrid to Madrid

    Journey through Spain while staying in first-class accommodations and travelling in the company of an experienced tour manager. Spend two full days in Madrid. Then explore Andalusia to see Seville and the Alhambra in Granada before stopping in Barcelona on the way back to Madrid.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,932
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Andalusia Small Group Escorted: Barcelona to Madrid

    Discover Spain on a 10-day program including the highlights of Barcelona and a 7-day small group escorted program of Andalusia and Toledo. Stay in first class accommodations, enjoy daily excursions, most meals and comfortable transportation aboard an air-conditioned bus with a tour manager during the escorted coach tour program of the itinerary.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,633
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Discover Spain

    Travel independently through Spain and see the best of three of its most popular cities. Start in Madrid for two days packed with art and culture, before diving into the history and uniqueness of Seville. Your tour ends in Barcelona, where the unique culture, food, architecture, and attitude of Catalonia creates a very different city. This trip can also be taken in the reverse order.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,915
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Spain & the Mediterranean In Depth

    Explore the highlights of Spain and the Mediterranean on this city and cruise combo. You’ll begin in Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona to experience the vibrancy of Spain before boarding a cruise ship and visiting Mediterranean highlights, from Naples and Rome to Florence and Cannes.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,209
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring
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  • Discover Madrid

    Spend four days exploring the Spanish capital of Madrid. Stay in moderate accommodation and get to know the city with a Hop-On Hop-Off bus pass and discover its famous museums, cathedrals, parks, and palaces. You’ll also get skip the line access to the Royal Palace and enjoy a small group city tour in style.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 381
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Eat + Drink Madrid

    Experience the best of culture, history, and food on this incredible Madrid foodie vacation. In the Spanish capital, taste authentic Iberian ham, chorizo, and delicious local drinks in the city’s best tapas hangouts. The next day, head to medieval Toledo to explore the nation’s history and taste some of the best Spanish wines at a local winery.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,550
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essentials of Spain from Madrid to Barcelona

    Visit five iconic Spanish cities, Madrid the capital, Cordoba, Seville and Granada in Andalusia and Barcelona in Catalonia, each with its own character, culture and history. Enjoy magnificent architecture, old and new and be awed by all that Spain has to offer the visitor.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,893
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essentials of Spain: Madrid to Barcelona with Air

    Spend 10 days exploring three important regions in Spain! From the palaces of Madrid to flamenco and fascinating history of Andalucia. Then, discover Gaudi in cosmopolitan Barcelona.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,569
    Trip Type:
    Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Highlights of Madrid

    Experience the best of Madrid as you stay in first-class accommodations and head on small-group excursions to discover the city’s highlights. Learn about the Hapsburg Dynasty and its picturesque Baroque architecture before touring the Prado Museum and heading to nearby Toledo to discover its charming blend of cultures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,294
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Iberian Inspiration Back Roads: Madrid, Toledo & Andalusia to Lisbon

    Seen Barcelona and Madrid? This Spain vacation takes you into the country’s south, including imperial Toledo, Corboda, Seville, and beautiful Granada. Steeped in history, this historic region will fascinate you magnificent architecture, delicious food, and unique Moorish influences.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,753
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • Madrid: Hotel Hospes Puerta de Alcala: Stay of Distinction

    Soak up Spain’s fascinating history and legendary culture while staying in a deluxe accommodation and enjoying private guided excursions. Staying at Hotel Hospes Puerta de Alcala in Madrid, you’ll head on a walking tour of the old city and explore the nearby former capital of Toledo, the City of the Three Cultures.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,723
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Spanish Adventure Self Drive: Madrid to Madrid

    Discover the delights and historic sites of Northern Spain in a leisurely self drive preplanned itinerary. See old walled cities, attractive beach resorts, medieval streets and buildings, stunning mountain scenery and enjoy taking a trip through time in this fascinating region.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,751
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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