A vibrant, passionate city, Madrid should be top of your list for a city break or weekend away with friends or loved ones.
Eat Tapas, drink Vermouth and get involved in the Spanish Capital's legendary nightlife, learn to flamenco dance or just hang out in local cafes and get embroiled in the dramatic lifestyle of the Spanish. Life here is never boring, that's for sure.
For a more serene tourist experience, visit the Cibeles Fountain. This landmark has become the monument symbol of the city in recent years, so named after Cybele (or Ceres), Roman goddess of fertility. Also found here is the Cibeles Palace (now the Madrid City Hall) and various other architectural gems to keep your camera snapping merrily away
All football fans need to get themselves to the home of one of the world¿s most famous football teams, Real Madrid. You can undertake a tour of the stadium or, if you can manage to get hold of a ticket for a match even better, as you can soak up some of that true Spanish Sporting passion!
The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in the city, although you are unlikely to see them there as it is only used for state ceremonies. If, however you are on a city break and happen to be around at 11-2 on a Wednesday, you can watch the Palace sentries, dressed in uniform, perform the changing of the guard, a sight not to be missed.
The Alcalá Gate - Stood right in the center of the Plaza de la Independencia - (Independence Square) is the Alcala gate, a neo-classical monument ordered to be built by Charles 3rd and well worth a photo