Madrid is the largest city and capital of Spain located in Iberian Peninsula. This metropolis pulsates with its modern infrastructure, yet has an aristocratic ambiance revealed in its 15th century architecture. Tourists flock to Madrid every year and it is the fourth most visited city in Europe. Culture and art are central to Madrid life. Madrid has 73 museums that house the works of renowned artists. Two of the most popular are the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum features more than 800 sculptures, paintings and tapestries that date back to old world Dutch masters and contemporary artists. Works by Picasso, Miro and Dali are displayed there. Madrid's large and pristine parks provide a bit of respite for the busy traveler. The Retiro Park, once playground to Spanish monarchs, is a favourite resting spot in the centre of Madrid.Hotels in Madrid
Madrid's upbeat nightlife is a major attraction of this great city. Its pubs, bars, discos and flamenco clubs have a festive atmosphere that continues into the early morning hours. Visitors can take in an entertaining flamenco show while dining on fine Spanish cuisine in the heart of Madrid. Two of the most popular flamenco venues are Las Carboneras and Corral de la Moreria. One can sample Spanish nightlife and Madrid's delicious tapas on an evening walking tour that will awaken your taste buds. The tours are a great introduction to the laid back Madrileno lifestyle and the fine Spanish delicacies and wines. The guides will lead you to restaurants and bars you'd never find on your own. Some of the regional specialties are octopus from Galicia, sherry from Andalucia and cider from Asturias.
Festivals are held throughout the year to celebrate the Spanish culture and heritage. Every May, Madrid celebrates the patron saint of Madrid, San Isidro. According to legend, San Isidro was a peasant farm worker who became famous because of his generosity to the poor. This is Madrid's finest fiesta and extends for over a week. Spain's bullfighting event takes place at the same time of the fiesta. The series of fights, held in Madrid's Plaza de Ventas, attracts the best bulls and fighters. Adding to the fiesta are concerts, art exhibitions and firework displays. Many of the Madrilenos dress in folk costume to commemorate the occasion.
During your stay in Madrid, you'll want accommodations that don't break the bank and are in a location that is within close proximity to the places you'd like to go. The Axor Feria Hotel is a modern hotel with a simplistic flair and located close to Barajas Airport. Their free shuttle airport service makes travel convenient. You'll find that their accommodations vary from single bedrooms to quadruple bedrooms and are equipped with a private bathroom. The staff is friendly and helpful and the rooms include amenities to make your stay comfortable. Satellite TV and free internet access will make you feel right at home. Recently renovated, the High Tech Arturo Hotel Facilities offers accommodations for small to large groups. Modern amenities of a flat screen TV and internet access are provided. Guests at this hotel are offered a delicious buffet breakfast every morning.
The Hotel Atocha in Madrid offers a unique feel of chic and basic. Even though their rooms are no-frills, the natural light and terraces give each room a comfortable feel. You can snack in their different zones and sun on the top floor terrace. Situated in the heart of Madrid, the Petit Palace Tres Cruces Hotel is a boutique style hotel offering rooms for small to large groups. This newly renovated hotel boasts of a modern style and offers the latest in bathroom facilities. Centrally located in Madrid, free bike rental is offered to its guests.