Yes, there are direct flight services offered by Air Europa, Iberia Airlines and British Airways that connect the United Kingdom with Madrid. The airports that operate these direct flights are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester Airports. The flight duration is only 2 hours and 25 minutes.
The best time to visit Madrid is the months between March and May and between September and November. The summer is a bit intense for most Britons visiting Spain. If you want those balmy weather conditions that are more welcoming, visit the city in these months mentioned above. The weather is just superb for exploring about the place and getting that soft vacation tan you wanted. Of these two time periods, the March to May slot is more crowded than the September to November slot. So, if possible arrive in Madrid in the autumn, when its cooler and the businesses are open after the summer vacations.
The cheapest time to visit Madrid is in November. The mobs of tourists continuously dwindle after it peaks in May and the graph plateaus in November. The average temperature still remains in double digits in this month, so the winter is not as bad. The hotels have rooms to fill and the airlines want to sell seats in this low season, so these businesses attract customers by offering jaw-dropping low prices. It can be fun visiting Madrid knowing that you paid half the amount your friends paid in May to enjoy the pleasures of the city.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) is the international airport of Madrid. It is an important airport that connects Europe with Latin America. Last year, in 2017, the airport had served 53.4 million passengers and the second busiest route to the airport was the flight from London Heathrow Airport, with 1.3 million passengers moving between the cities. It is only 18.2 kilometres away from the city centre.
The British Citizen or Subject carrying a valid passport does not require a visa to visit the Kingdom of Spain. If your visit is beyond 3 months or you have further questions regarding your stay in Spain, please contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in London.
Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union. The city is the seat of government and the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy. Madrid is a socio-economically vibrant city that has strong connections with the rest of the Spanish speaking world, in Latin America and beyond. Madrid is also the most visited city by foreign tourists visiting Spain.
- Parque del Buen Retiro or the Retiro Park was a recreational area reserved for the Spanish Royalty until the 19th century when it was made a public property. The park is 1.4 km2 of pruned bushes and greenery, and it acts as a lung for the city. The Retiro Park’s glistening jewel is the Crystal Palace. The palace was once used to grow flowers that were indigenous to tropical climates, but now it is used as an art gallery. The park also has Paseo de la Argentina, which is a walkway displaying many statues and sculptures of the Kings and Queens of Spain. The fountain of the fallen angel is also among the most visited site in the park.
- The Royal Palace of Madrid is the largest palace in all of Europe. The palace is the official residence of the King of Spain, Felipe VI, although the royal family spends most of its time at the Palace of Zarzuela. The Royal Palace houses the historic treasures of Spain. These include artworks from, Francisco de Goya, Caravaggio and Diego Velazquez and frescoes by Giovanni Tiepolo, Corrado Giaquinto, Anton Raphael Mengs and Juan de Flandes. Ornate rooms and dining halls, crystal chandeliers and expensive porcelain rooms surround the main exhibit area where the Spanish Crown Jewels are placed. The tour of the Royal Palace costs just €11.
- The Royal Theatre was first inaugurated by Isabelle II, Queen of Spain in 1850. The Royal Theatre is the centre of the art life in Madrid and is home to the Spanish National Orchestra. Tours of the Royal Theatre are available in English language and the guide accompanies the tourists through the auditorium, stage, workshops and rehearsal rooms used by actors and artists for centuries.
Madrid starts its year with a blast of festivities. The Madrid Carnival on the Semana Santa or Holy Week is considered one of the most colourful events in Spain. Parades and costume parties gush out into the streets of Madrid and culminate at the 'Burning of the Sardine' festival when the past representing the sardine is put away to make room for the future. Madrilenos (residents of Madrid) celebrate the Festival of San Isidro, the patron saint of Madrid. This festival is celebrated on the Friday before the 15th of May and continues for five days. Madrid’s biggest bullfighting shows happen at this festival and the fights are conducted at the Plaza de Ventas. The citizens of Madrid usually adorn folk and traditional clothes on this day and attend art exhibitions, open-air concerts and enjoy watching the fireworks over the Manzanares River. The Los Veranos de la Villa is a festival that continues from June to September. There is classical and modern music, dance, film premiers, theatre, opera and circus performances held at various venues across the city.
After the 1960s, Madrid City began to grow in all directions. In order to connect the city’s financial centre with the suburbs, rings roads were laid down, which made the traffic flow a lot smoother. The Madrid Metro is the most rapidly growing metro in the world, with an expansion rate rivalling that of the Shanghai Metro system. The Madrid Rapid Transit has 301 stations already. With a ridership of 624 million people per year, the metro will continue to grow to the edges of the city. Travelling through the Madrid Metro is like using the London Underground. The bus networks in Madrid are also efficient and a friend to tourists. There are 3000 buses running on the streets of Madrid, along 217 distinct routes and making 10,000 stops every day. The network is so dense that, at an average, the entire population of the city lives just 300 meters away from a bus station. Apart from that, Madrid also has a limited light rail network facilitating tourists and locals alike.
Madrid has a large variety of five-star hotels, each unique in its own way. The hotels have luxurious rooms and professional staff who cater to your every need.
- Hotel Urban
- Gran Melia Fenix
- Melia Madrid Princesa
- Hotel Villa Real
- NH Collection Paseo del Prado