Madrid holidays : what do I have to know
Madrid is a heavyweight in Spain: political, cultural, economic, and geographical centre! In the heart of this royal city, prestigious VeryChic hotels will simplify your weekend or longer stay in Madrid. Vélazquez's snowy Meninas, Goya's revolutionary Tres de Mayo, Picasso's chaotic Guernica from the Reina Sofia Museums, and more. Reina Sofía and the Prado, but also the greenery of Retiro Park, the bustle of the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor will no longer hold any secrets for you.
But what to do in Madrid? Here are some of the must-sees that you should definitely prioritise on your stay in Madrid for 3 days, as well as our selection of romantic addresses in Madrid.
Discovering Madrid's squares
During your weekend in Madrid, set out to discover the city and its history. In the squares of the Spanish capital, many events have taken place that have contributed to the history and life of Madrid. Nowadays, people come to these squares to admire the often unusual architecture and to experience the lively atmosphere. But which are the most beautiful squares in Madrid? Our experts have selected the ones that you should not miss:
- The Plaza Mayor Madrid: an emblematic square of the city, it is rectangular in shape, with its multiple windows and colourful façades. We'll let you count the number of balconies once you get there. Tourists come to sip a drink or spend a good time to lunch or dinner;
- La Plaza de la Villa: this pretty little square is the driver of the tourist influx. There are three buildings dating from the 15th to the 18th century: the Casa y Torre de Ios Lujanes (one of the oldest buildings in the city), the Casa de Cineseros and the Casa de la Villa (City Hall).
- The Plaza Santa Ana: this is the most popular square in the city but also one of the oldest. It is also one of the oldest squares in the city, with the oldest Spanish theatre in Spain. You will learn the typical vibrant atmosphere of Madrid, with more locals.
Activities to do in Madrid: the must-sees
In addition to being lively and energetic, the city of Madrid has many facets and there is something for everyone: gastronomy, architecture, culture, shopping, or nightlife. During your weekend in Madrid, enjoy many local activities. Indeed, this city is not lacking in points of interest, so it is impossible to get bored. Here is a brief overview:
Some of the best places to visit
- Visit the Prado Museum: this museum has the most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting in the world. Italian and Flemish paintings are also on display. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed, but you can enjoy the visit of this museum, its scenery and its varied works.
- Tasting tapas in Madrid: if you want to take your taste buds on a journey too, be sure to visit Madrid's central market, named San Miguel. Located just a stone's throw from Plaza Mayor, you can sit down for a gourmet break.
- Walk around Parc del Retiro: in this green space, it is pleasant to enjoy a boat ride on the lake, to admire the remarkable gardens. You will pass by the Crystal Palace, which was built to house exotic plant specimens for the 1887 Philippine Exhibition.
- Shopping in Madrid: in the city’s most famous avenue, Madrid Gran Via. You will find your happiness in the most commercial avenue of the capital, located in the district of Salamanca.
The best nightlife in Madrid
At night, Madrid is a city that’s lit up. We advise you to go for an evening stroll in the La Latina de Madrid district. This is the most authentic area of Madrid, with a large number of bars, pubs and small cafes where locals like to meet up with friends. The evenings and weekends are lively, giving you a chance to see another side of the city. If you want to go eat tapas, you have to go to the Cava Baja street in the La Latina neighbourhood. There you will find a multitude of bars and old taverns where you can enjoy the best of tapas.
Another must-see is to admire the Royal Palace of Madrid, which was for a long time the official residence of the Spanish royal family. This is no longer the case today, but some ceremonial events still take place there.
Finally, to enjoy a drink perched on a rooftop in Madrid, head to The Hat, which has a terrace with a youthful and friendly atmosphere, and a magnificent view of the city.
Weekend in Madrid: where to sleep?
Many private sales are available on our site to take advantage of the best hotels in Madrid, the capital:
- For a weekend in a modern, designer hotel in the heart of Madrid, opt for the Dear Hotel Madrid
- If you're looking for a five-star hotel in Madrid with a swimming pool, we recommend staying at the Hotel Wellington Madrid, in the heart of Madrid's golden triangle