Madrid might be the capital of Spain, but it is also a cultural capital of Europe. Vibrant, picturesque, and historic, it is a feast for the eyes and holds a veritable bounty of excitement and culture within its walls.

Sights and sounds abound in Madrid, and it is an ideal destination for lovers of food, music, art, and history.

There are numerous options for accommodations in Madrid, many right at the doorstep of the city’s vibrant nightclub scene.

The AC Palacio del Retiro lives up to it name in every way. The palatial hotel is positively opulent, featuring marble floors, Parisian stained glass, and ceramic fountains. The hotel is within walking distance of the Prado, and the rooms are spacious and fully-appointed.

Hotel Adriano is a cozy and charming hotel that is ideal for the budget conscious traveler. The rooms aren’t huge, but they are immaculately kept, and the charming staff will bend over backwards for you.

Room Mate Alicia is a starkly modern yet comfortable hotel located in the Barrio de las Letras. The rooms are on the smaller side, but well-appointed. It is a perfect place for the hip, young traveler seeking a truly European experience in Madrid.

The Hotel Villa Magna is a stylish luxury hotel located in the Salamonica district, steps from high end shopping, upscale restaurants, and the lively city nightlife. Recently renovated, the decor is sleek and modern, with incredible comfortable rooms.

Madrid is a foodie’s paradise, with miles of diverse, celebrated, and incredible cuisines to explore.

Enjoying authentic Spanish tapas is a must, and one of the best places to do that is at Arzabal. More than just little bites of tasty morsels, you can also enjoy fresh soups and full entrees, along with an impressive wine and beer menu.

Casa Botin, established in 1725, holds the distinction of being named the world’s oldest restaurant by the Guinness Book of World Records. Centuries-old ovens produce succulent roasted meats, and live music entertains patrons on four exquisite floors.

Seafood lovers can rejoice at El Pescador. Fresher than fresh seafood lining the front windows beckons patrons as they enter – fish, prawns, crabs, oysters, the works. And they prepare it every which way you can think of!

You wouldn’t necessarily find yourself looking for a sushi restaurant in Madrid, but located in Hotel Wellington is the outstanding Kabuki Wellington. World class sushi and sashimi are presented alongside interesting Spanish-Asian fusion dishes.

History buffs will love exploring the numerous architectural and archaeological sites, like the Arab Wall and the Centro de Conde Duque, not to mention old world castles and palaces.

Museums and galleries abound for art lovers to explore. El Rastro, a lively Sunday morning flea market is a must-see for local art, treasures, and people watching.

The best way to experience the real Madrid is to go off the beaten path. In order to absorb the people and sights, strolling through the squares and side streets is a must. Medieval alleyways lead to verdant gardens, quaint inns and taverns, and stately museums.

The spring and autumn are the most enjoyable times to visit Madrid, weather-wise. April, May, June, September, and October offer the most temperate weather.

The city of Madrid is rich in history, colour, and culture. From the wide variety of eclectic cuisine to the gothic architecture to the modern European elements, Madrid is a destination you will want to visit over and over again!