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Madrid is one of the very few places in Spain that attracts many thousands of visitors without the benefit of having a coastline. The reality is that there are so many good reasons to bag yourself a cheap flight to Madrid you won't need to worry about your tan.
Partying is most definitely one of the city's finest attractions, you'll certainly never be stuck for somewhere to visit after dark in Madrid. Flights from the UK are often full of people looking to dance and drink the night away but what of the rest of the culture? Madrid is awash with fine galleries and museums, try The Prado and Reina Sofia which on their own offer way too much to cover in a weekend (top tip: Sunday entry is free!). The Palacio Real is a fine architectural sight and inside there are some royal artefacts and furniture to admire. Stop for a coffee at the Plaza Mayor and watch the world go by and then perhaps on to El Parque de Buen Retiro for a bit of relaxation before the night begins!
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Cheap flights to Madrid are plentiful from the UK. The city is widely served by scheduled and no frills airlines alike including British Airways and Easyjet. Madrid can be reached direct from a range of UK airports and although London is often the cheapest option there are plenty of bargains to be had from airports such as Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, Belfast and Edinburgh. You may also find that a holiday package is the cheapest option.
There are cheap flights to Madrid easily available with a range of airlines operating flights from a good choice of mid-sized airports across the country. If you'd like to take the train, you can take the Eurostar from London to Paris then jump on the Elipsos train hotel. It travels overnight from Paris, arriving in Madrid or Barcelona the next morning.
Madrid's Barajas Airport is situated approximately seven miles from the city centre and has four terminals. You should be able to grab a taxi outside the airport easily. Madrid metro line 8 has stations at Terminals 2 and 4. RENFE (the national rail company in Spain) trains do not run directly from the airport, so if you need to take an overland train to reach your Madrid hotel you will first need to take the metro to a RENFE train station.
Madrid is known as a 'walkers city'. Partly because of its size, but also because of its extra wide pavements! The ever-expanding Madrid Metro is a cheap and flexible way to move effectively between the many different city attractions. Open 365 days a year from 0600 to 0200 you can go out for the evening and then return on the Metro, which will surprise natives of certain other major cities! The cheapest option is to buy a 10 journey 'metrobus' ticket that you can also use on the bus. Official Madrid Spain transport taxis are white with a red stripe, and can be either stopped in the street, or you can wait at a taxi rank for one. The taxi ranks are indicated by a blue sign that contains a white letter 'T'.
Most of Spain is well covered by both bus and rail networks. On the other hand, if your trip to Spain is part of a wider European tour, then it may be in your interests to invest in a rail pass like the Inter-Rail ticket. Driving yourself is another option, as the roads in Spain are good. Collect your car hire in Madrid and get going.
The climate of Madrid is dry, warm and pleasant. The city's high altitude and proximity to mountains causes some wide variations in winter and summer temperatures. In summer the heat at midday can be intense, with pleasantly cool evenings. Winters, by contrast, bring temperatures that drop to just below freezing. Rain in Madrid is a rarity, with a short rainy season in late October and some showers in spring.
It can be a good idea to travel to Madrid in less tourist heavy months; this way you'll have easier access to sightseeing interests and potentially a generally more pleasant experience, and you'll also save yourself some pennies! Madrid used to be a cheap destination but is now catching up with the UK for expense. If you're after cheap holidays to Madrid it can also be a good idea to stay in the Madrid hotels that are just outside of the city instead of right in the centre. Madrid has some wonderful surrounding suburbs that can be ideal for finding cheaper accommodation.
The currency of Madrid is Euros. On arrival in Madrid, it's best to exchange currency or travellers' checks at a bank, not a cambio, hotel, or shop. Note the rates and ask about commission fees; it can be worth exploring and asking around to ensure that you get the best rates. The currency exchange at Chamartín railway station is open 24 hours and gives is generally acknowledged to have the best rates in the capital.
In Spain you'll find a few different dialects, but Castilian, otherwise known as Spanish, is the main language spoken in Madrid. You'll find other dialects through Spain like Catalan, Galician and Basque, but these are usually spoken in their specific area of Spain.
Dial +34 for Spain, followed by 91 for Madrid.
British citizens must hold a valid passport, but no visa is required for a stay of three months.