Madrid is not only a business center and home to the Government of Madrid and the Royal Family, also makes an attractive location for a city break. Getting There Madrid Barajas airport is about 8 km from the city, and has a great relationship to the city center. Metro is the best choice, and takes less than a half-hour head to Nuevos Ministerios from where you can connect to the nearest metro station to the hotel. There is also an airport bus to the city center, dropping you at Plaza de Colón in downtown, or if you want to be dropped to your door, you can take a minibus Aerocity or get a taxi. This is a slower option but traffic is very heavy. Travelzoo is a good place to find cheap flights and holiday deals to Madrid.
Where to Stay In order to get the most out of a short stay in Madrid, book yourself into one of the many hostels are located or hotel (though Madrid is quite compact and easily navigated by the metro, so you will not be too far from the action no matter where you live). If you want to stay central and you are on a budget there are plenty of hostels to choose from including Hostal Acapulco, which is one of the best, or Hotel Madrid, which has a roof terrace where you can see the whole city. For a little extra you can try the Ateneo Hotel, which is quieter and the rooms have a private balcony, or for a more luxurious stay there was a five-star Hesperia Hotel. What Not to Miss A weekend in Madrid would not be complete without a visit to at least one of the many art galleries on offer.
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Atocha district, is the place to see some great Spanish contemporary art and attractive in the crowd by working with the likes of Picasso and Dalí, and houses the sculptures and works of art of modern media such as photography and film as well as painting . For lovers of more traditional works, Palacio Real (Royal Palace) has opened its doors and has a good display of paintings by Rubens, Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and Caravaggio, among others. There are also paintings of Tiepolo to see in the palace.
We are certainly well-known Madrid bullfighting, so as to not be so cowardly (and if you forgive her) head to La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. Or, for a slightly less bloodthirsty sport, head to see one of the greatest football team in the world in action and catch Real Madrid home game if you can. If your trip does not coincide with the football season you can still take a tour around the Bernabéu stadium and visit the trophy room, and have a walk in the grounds. You can fly directly to Spain with Fly Monarch, which offers cheap flights to Spain, as well as flights to other destinations such as Spain Barcelona, the capital of the country can make a useful starting point for Spain trip.