With its impressive roster of relaxing scenic parks, world-class museums, stunning royal palaces and sundown-to-sunup nightlife, Europe’s liveliest capital is a dream-come-true fantasy escape!
Imagine enjoying a cosmopolitan vacation that combines adventure, history and a bit of Spanish flair in an unpretentious package? Imagine yourself in Madrid—a playground of stately plazas, flower-filled medieval alleyways and pretty-as-a-picture backdrops for capturing perfect selfies!
Place yourself among the striking spires and brick-red apartments in Plaza Major, the city’s most bustling square, people-watching as you dig into plates of delectable tapas and piping-hot churros dipped in melted chocolate. Meander beneath red-tile rooftops and wrought-iron balconies en route to the Museo del Prado, with its unsurpassed collection of masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco and more. Indulge your inner princess in the opulent Palacio Real, a 2,800-room former royal residence that counts a two-ton crystal chandelier and several grand thrones among its treasures watch a vibrant flamenco concert, being mesmerized by swishing red satin skirts and the steady thrum of guitars and to wrap up your tour of this capital city? Dine under the brick arches at Botin, the oldest restaurant in the world, on Croquetas (fried cheese rolls) and Cochinillo (roast lamb) cooked in the original ovens that date back to 1725!
An ideal Madrid afternoon? Stroll down quaint cobblestone streets, admiring the centuries-old architecture and ducking into charming shops!
Mother Nature’s marvels are on beautiful display at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, which houses about 30,000 plants and flowers!
Visit the Buen Retiro Park, once a private hideway for royalty, where you now can hire a rowboat to explore its swan-dotted man-made Estanque lake!
Colorful flamenco dresses reflect the folkloric traditions of the enchanting dance— stroll one of Madrid’s street markets, and you can fi nd your own to take home!