Flights to Madrid
Madrid is both Spain’s capital and largest city and it’s situated in the centre of Spain on the Manzanares River. Being the capital of Spain Madrid is a cultural feast, offering countless museums, nightlife, entertainment, sights and more.
The busy Madrid-Barajas Airport (airport code: MAD) is the main entry point for Spain and for flights to Madrid, and transit between the airport and Madrid is available by public bus, taxi or rail. From South Africa, Iberia offers the only non-stop flight to Madrid. Otherwise, you’ll be making 1 transfer. Egyptair connects in Cairo, and Turkish Airlines stops in Istanbul. South African Airways has a flight to Madrid that goes through Frankfurt, and Swissair stops in Zurich.
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The Tourist Attractions of Madrid:
Madrid is a great city for a weekend break but you could actually spend several weeks here without getting bored. The city is well known for its nightlife so you can enjoy a night on the town after a day of sightseeing in some of the many tourist attractions in Madrid, which include the following:
Art Museums in Madrid
Madrid is one of Europe’s top cities for art museums boasting many excellent museums of art. If you want to experience some of the best head for the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ that’s located on the Paseo del Prado. Here there are three excellent art museums the most famous of which is the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado). This one has one of the best collections of European art in the world, dating back to the 12th century through to the 19th century. In total the Prado Museum has around 7,800 paintings but only a small number can be displayed at any one time. There are also sculptures, drawings, prints, coins and medals on display here.
Museo Reina Sofia is one of the other two. It’s most popular piece is Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.
Other Museums in Madrid
Though best known for its art museums there are also numerous other museums in Madrid to visit too. Highlights include the National Museum of Archaeology, and the Museum of the Americas.
Royal Palace of Madrid
Of the many impressive buildings in Madrid the Royal Palace has to be the most impressive. This building is both huge and beautiful and though it is the official residence of the King of Spain the king and his family choose not to live there. This means that parts of the palace are actually open to the public, making this one of Madrid’s top tourist destinations, and a must see while visiting the city.
El Retiro Park
The main public park in Madrid is El Retiro. Far from being just a park with open spaces this is a tourist attraction in its own right and has plenty of things to see and enjoy. El Retiro covers an area of 1.4 square kilometres and has a scenic lake, sculptures, monuments, and more, as well as free concerts every Sunday during the summer.
When Should You Visit?:
During the summer Madrid is quite a hot city, despite its fairly high altitude. Average highs get up to around 31C in July and August, and these are also the driest months of the year so a good time to visit. Spring and autumn are wetter and winters are mild to cool with the average high in January at 10C.