A vacation in Madrid allows you tom enjoy all that is Spanish. Madrid is the epitome of art, culture and fine cuisine, but all too often, it can be impossible to fully appreciate what this magnificent city has to offer. Indeed, a visit to Madrid can often feel but a scratch on the surface, and for this reason, more and more people are dedicating an entire vacation to this city in order to appreciate fully everything that it has to offer.
This is certainly an excellent idea, and if you are considering spending a week or two here, then there is certainly more than enough to keep you entertained, from the lavish artwork and galleries throughout the city, the ancient buildings, temples and other icons of history which have survived as a testament to their builders, and of course the Spanish way of life is easily recognized here, and you can enjoy watching life pass you by in its energetic, colorful way, whilst you enjoy a cool drink outside a street cafe.
Whilst walking through the city can be thoroughly enjoyable, and provides an excellent way of seeing many of the sights at close quarters, the best possible way to enjoy this city is to have your own, experienced driver. Being chauffeured through the streets of Madrid will ensure that your time is well spent.
You will be able to see more of the many beautiful, and well known squares, or plazas, such as the Plaza de Espana, the Plaza Mayor Puerto del Sol and also of course the many famous streets and avenues, such as Castellana and the Gran Via as well. Walking these streets during your vacation in Madrid would be time consuming, and tiring in the Spanish heat, so having a driver will make a big difference if you are able to take advantage of such a luxury.
One of the most striking aspects of Madrid is its art; indeed, the city is considered to be one of the most important cultural destinations for art galleries and art related museums, and it is quite possible to spend several days simply browsing the vast range of artistic culture. If you have a guide, he or she will be able to direct you to those galleries and museums which feature art from eras which most interest you, in order to make best use of your holiday time. However, the three of the best art museums can be found in the famous Golden Triangle of Art, in the vicinity of Paseo del Prado.
These three main museums include the world famous Prado Museum, and it is here that you will be able to come face to face with Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas, as well as witness first hand Francisco de Goya’s La maja vestida and also his La maja desnuda. Pablo Picasso is also represented, naturally, and you can find his recently returned Guernica hanging in the Reina Sofia Museum.
As well as art and culture, Spain, and in particular the area around the outskirts of Madrid is well known for something else: excellent wine. No vacation in Madrid is complete without a visit to the vineyards of La Mancha, home of Don Quixote. If the rain in Spain allegedly falls mainly on the plain, the plains in this case might well refer to the La Mancha, a vast arid, fertile area in which a large variety of crops, including barley, wheat, grapes and cereals are grown. It is the expansive cereal crops which have given rise to the large number of windmills noted here, but the extensive vines are used to cultivate and produce a large number of excellent wines.
If you really want a holiday to remember, and want to taste all that Madrid has to offer, then it is easy to argue that Spanish culture includes its generations-old wine growing tradition, and the best way to appreciate this is to book a visit to a winery. As an example, this opportunity is available as an exclusive tour provided through a limited number of agents, and it is worth finding one to enjoy the hospitality offered by such wineries as the Bodegas Osborne Malpica. Your personal tastes are almost certainly likely to be catered for, with a wide range of different local wines produced using grapes such as the robust Tempranillo, more famous for the Riojas of the North, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah.
After soaking up the art and culture of Madrid, washed down with not a few glasses of the local vineyard’s finest, you may decide to freshen up by visiting the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain region very close by. Here are breathtaking views, enchanting hiking opportunities and a whole range of exhilarating mountain sports; you don’t even need to be a climber, with a dedicated mountain railway escorting you all the way up.
There really is much more to see and do in Madrid, that a holiday in Spain couldn’t possibly give you enough time to appreciate the art, culture, history and unique flavor of this city. If you’re considering a visit, be like the grapes on the vine – and spend time soaking up as much as you possibly can – it’s well worth the time. It is very easy to spend two weeks on a vacation in Madrid and still wish you had time for more.