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Welcome to Madrid

Madrid’s charms are sometimes obscured by the sheer number of incredible destinations in Spain but the Spanish capital is truly one of Europe’s great cities.

Flights to Madrid from Cork Airport

Things to do here

As befits a city that was once the richest and most powerful in the world, Madrid abounds in centuries of incredible architecture including the Palacio Real and the grand squares of the Plaza Major and Plaza de Oriente. It’s a city that rewards the walker in addition to it having an extensive metro and public transport system that makes it easy to get around this city of over three million people. Madrileños also famously only begin to go out around midnight and all the great food of Spain is represented in the capital’s restaurants and bars which are packed until the early hours. 

To Eat

  1. Lhardy – In business since 1839, this Madrid institution with its ornate but intimate dining rooms, deli and shop is beloved by Madrileños and visitors alike.

  2. Casa Alberto – in business for almost 200 years, the tapas in the bar is legendary and the restaurant serves classics like tripe, ox tail stew and beef cheeks.

To Stay

  1. Hotel Emperador – One of Madrid’s ‘Grand Dame’ hotels and in business since 1947, the 10th floor outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September and boasts incredible views of some of the city’s most famous sights including the Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral.

  2. Hotel Meninas – a great, centrally located four-star boutique hotel – near the Opera and an ideal base to explore the city from. 

Goya At The Prado Art

Housed in the world famous Prado museum, the extensive collection of paintings by the Spanish master Francisco de Goya culminate in the staggering series of ‘Black Paintings’ created in his old age.  

El Escorial Museum

The former royal palace of Philip II is today a museum and living testament to the global reach and power of the 16th century Spanish Empire. It is also home to the largest religious library outside of the Vatican.

Toledo Tour

Toledo is set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha and is perhaps best known as the home of the Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco. But the town was once a multi-cultural medieval centre and the narrow streets of the old town bear testament to its diverse history.

Segovia Tour

Just 90km from downtown Madrid is the UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Segovia and its famously intact Roman aqueduct built around 50AD and one of the engineering marvels of the ancient world.