Year round gorgeous sunshine and fabulous weather make Madrid a veritable tourist hot spot anytime of the year. Rain is a rarity in Madrid usually only occurring during late October with a few showers during spring. The high altitude of Madrid may take a little time to get adjusted to and because of t its location in the mountains Madrid is subject to large fluctuations in temperature from winter to summer. Temperatures during the winter can occasionally drop below freezing while summer days are usually quite hot about midday but usually taper off to pleasantly cool evenings. The summer season usually brings the most tourists but Madrid offers activities year-round.
Madrid, the capital and largest city of Spain, is both the political centre and business centre of Spain, housing the residence of the Spanish monarch as well as the headquarters of three of the world’s 100 largest companies. The preservation of several historic neighbourhoods gives Madrid a very distinctive feel despite its modern infrastructure. Major historical landmarks to visit include the Royal Palace of Madrid, Buen Retiro Park, and the National Library Building.
Madrid is also home to several famous art collections most notably those found in the Prado Museum, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a converted 18th century hospital and now home to the finest collection of modern Spanish art in Madrid. Works by Miro, Kandinsky, and Dali are on display with Picasso’s Guernica perhaps being the biggest attraction. If you are looking for a smaller gallery the Galeria Moriarty may be more to your liking. The internationally-renown Museo Arquelogico Nacional is a royal collection of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and of course Spain. El Rastro Market is one of the largest flea markets in Madrid.
Mediterranean food is a mainstay in Madrid and if you want to try it at its finest you should head to Citra. The New York Times voted it one of the best new restaurants in Madrid and the cod tacos are a must try. Like almost every restaurant in Madrid they offer tapas and that might be the thing to order if you just want to enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant. If you want to try authentic Mediterranean dishes and then pick up what you need to try it on your own you should check out Sula, a tapas bar/restaurant that also features a gourmet food store. Jazz aficionados have to pay a visit to Jazz Bar to appreciate the endless jazz soundtrack and enjoy a taste of the vibrant Madrid night life. Speaking of nightlife, Kapital is five stories of clubs with something for everybody, from cocktail bars to karaoke, salsa to hip-hop to R&B and soul: something for everybody.
Madrid has something to offer for almost any visitor from its art scene, to its historical sites, markets, restaurants, and vibrant night life. Why not visit Madrid to see what it has in store for you?