For art lovers, the city is stuffed with museums and galleries such as the Prado, which houses more than 7,000 paintings, the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Arts Reina Sofia. Here, you will find pieces by Dali, Rubens and Picasso.
Madrid is the venue to see both Real and Atletico Madrid, two of Spain's most famous football teams. The city is also home to some notable architecture including Goya's Tomb and the Royal Palace (Palacio Real).
The Plaza Mayor is one of Madrid's central plazas. Designed in 1576, the plaza is surrounded by three storey residential buildings, from which 237 balconies overlook the square - truly a sight to behold. For walks and boating, take a stroll through the Parque del Buen Retiro (the Park of the Pleasant Retreat). This is the city's most popular park, which belonged to the Buen Retiro palace and served as a retreat for the royal family. It still boasts two of the original palace buildings, one of which houses the Museo del Ejército (army museum) and you will also find scenic lakes, promenades and even street performances in peak times.
As a centre for shopping Madrid is renowned, whether you're looking for high street fashion or designer labels. The Gran Via is one of the city's busiest and most popular shopping areas. In addition, you'll find traditional craft shops, boutiques and flea markets such as the Rastro; a great place to find vintage clothing, antiques, books, records and artwork.
The Huertes district is renowned for its nightlife, but don't think of leaving this city without sampling Madrid's most famous beverage - sherry - or sampling the tasty delights of tapas, Spanish chocolate and churros.
Travellers seeking thrills and wild entertainment should visit the Parque de Atracciones in La Casa de Campo de Madrid. This theme park and zoo in the city is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Separated into six adventure zones, it includes everything from nature and automation to tranquillity zones, infant facilities and a celebration of the virtual world.
Farther afield, you'll find Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca and the Warner Brothers theme park - destinations worth travelling for and well connected by the public transport network. Plan your trip to the Spanish capital and book Madrid flights today. Find cheap flights to Madrid Barajas MAD by using TravelSupermarket's price-comparison tool.