Madrid, Spain’s central capital is a city of elegant boulevards and vast green spaces. The largest park is El Retiro, home to many monuments from the past including the majestic ballroom of Cason del Buen Retiro, now part of the Museo Prado, where you will find artworks by Goya, Velázquez and Bosch.
This forms part of the city’s Art Triangle, the other museums being the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Museo Reina Sofía, home to Picasso’s famous depiction of the Spanish Civil War “Guernica”. Also worth seeing, especially as the sun goes down, is the Temple de Debod, an Egyptian temple rescued and rebuilt in Madrid stone by stone after the construction of the Aswan Dam. In the heart of old Madrid is the 17th Century Plaza Mayor with its many porticos and arches, and nearby is the 18th Century baroque Palacio Real, with the recently consecrated Almudena Cathedral directly opposite.
This will lead you to the Puerta del Sol, home to one of the city’s largest statues “The Bear and the Strawberry Tree”. If you are in Madrid over a weekend, a Sunday trip to El Rastro flea market is a must, where you can find anything from antique costume jewellery to rare vinyl records on its stalls, followed by a relaxing drink in the nearby La Latina neighbourhood.
For Eurostar services, this will give the choice to travel in either standard or Standard Premier class, and for all other European trains you will have the choice to travel in either standard or 1st class. Enroute to Madrid, choose to stay at either the 3* Acta Azul Barcelona, 4* H10 Itaca or 5* Melia Barcelona Sarria.On arrival in Madrid, choose to stay at either the 3* NH Madrid Atocha, 4* AC Hotel Atocha or 5* Villa Real.
Prices start at £524.00 per person*
*Based on two people staying in a 3 star hotel and travelling in Standard class.
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