Essential resources for a city break to Madrid

by Helen_Cross

With more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe and soaring summer temperatures, Spain's capital is a great place to spend a long weekend. Madrid has a vibrant nightlife and accommodation options ranging from family run guesthouses to chichi boutique Madrid hotels. With a huge variety of activities for all tastes and age groups, a trip to Madrid will never be dull. The city is also a gourmet's paradise with hundreds of tapas bars lining the streets whilst sports fans cannot fail to be impressed by a tour of Real Madrid's Bernebeu stadium.

Madrid Tapas Tours

Tapas Tours. Photo by Gerry Dawes

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Learn the secrets of the Spanish gastronomy with a Spanish host. Get the taste of real Spanish home cooking. Madrid Tapas Tours run fun private cooking classes in Madrid where you can enjoy eating together with your host the delicious dishes prepared together with some outstanding Spanish wines.
Have a real taste of Spain in Madrid outside the tourist track. Experience the unique TAPAS TOUR. Be ready to stroll around the old historic Madrid at night where Madrid Tapas Tours will show you the best hidden TAPAS eateries of this amazing city...

Market forces:  A gourmet tour of Madrid - Annie Bennett

Madrid Tours & Travel: Guided Tours in & around Madrid.

Madrid Tours and Travel

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Madrid Tours & Travel run a variety of specialised tours with highlights including dinner and Flamenco shows in Madrid: experience the famous Madrid nightlife with an evening tour of the city followed by a visit to one of the best Flamenco shows around. The company also run specialised wine & tasting tours in Madrid where guests are driven to the award winning Bodegas estate for a vineyard tour followed by wine tasting and complimentary tapas.

The Madrid of matadors - Antonia Windsor

Madrid Apartments

Whilst staying in a hotel may seem the easiest option in Madrid, why not also consider booking an apartment for your city break. The prices are affordable and you actually get more for your money compared to a hotel room. The same is said also for Barcelona, whilst it has many hotels to choose from, a much cheaper and flexible option is to stay in one of  the many Barcelona apartments. You can get all the mod cons, and also if you have special requirements these can often be catered for.

Insider’s Madrid – tours and tailor-made events


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Insider's Madrid offer highly customised private tours for an authentic, personal experience. This company pride themselves on a 'behind closed doors' aspect to create personalised experiences tailored to individual needs. Highlights include the exclusive Botin Experience which was set up in conjunction with the Botin Restaurant: a real behind the scenes look at the oldest restaurant in the world while it is closed to the public. Treat your tastebuds with a Paella and Sangria class or take a tasting tour and feast on gourmet delights such as créme de la créme pata negra acorn fed ham, olive oil and chocolate. Other experiences range from cooking classes with a Vogue food writer to Flamenco with a bilingual dancer in the academy where famous dancer Joaquin Cortes trained.
The idea is to make visitors to Madrid feel part of the city and not just passing through! Insider's Madrid have looked after people from all over the world from movie crews to businessmen and can confidently accommodate all ages and tastes.

A girlie break in Madrid - Carrie Mitchell

Spanish Vacations

Spanish Vacations

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If you want to extend your city break and explore more of Spain then try Spanish Vacations for affordable accommodation. Spanish Vacations can accommodate everyone from those seeking a bed and breakfast, Costa del sol to those who are more interested in camping Spain in award-winning trailer tents. There are some great companies that offer car hire Madrid and car rental Spain.

Time to discover the real Madrid - Hayley Leaver

Madrid Tapas Parade - Madrid seafood restaurants tour

Madrid Tapas Parade

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A tour with Madrid Tapas Parade provides a chance to taste top quality Spanish seafood accompanied by fine Spanish wines in the convenient location of Madrid's city centre. Spanish seafood is amongst the best in the world, however a surprising number of tapas restaurants in Madrid serve imported seafood. With Madrid Tapas Parade's expert recommendations you can be sure you visit on the best restaurants, serving local produce, for a truly authentic experience.

Chic budget hotels in Madrid - Annie Bennett

Epicurean Ways

 photo by Gerry Dawes

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Epicurean ways specialises in food and wine travel experiences in Madrid and Spain. Take a culinary tour and private cooking class conducted by a member of Spain's Academy of Gastronomy then spend the night in a chic boutique hotel. Groups of all sizes can be accommodated and trips are always tailored to individual preferences. Additionally, Epicurean Ways belong to Sustainable Travel International meaning that a trip with them will not only provide you with a great experience but also help to support the local and artisan food providers you visit.

On the culture trail in Madrid - Sarah Dawson

Wandering Stardust

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For some great travel inspiration be sure to read Wandering Stardust: the blog written by the girl from Singapore living in Madrid, sharing her travel experiences throughout Spain.With beautiful photography and insightful recommendations, this blog is a great place to get the inside track on the best off the beaten track places to visit in Madrid and Spain.

Glide your way through Madrid on a Segwey - Scott Gibbons

Madrid Nights

Madrid Nights - Paintballing

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Madrid nights is committed to providing tourists with high-octane experiences that showcase everything this thriving city has to offer. A great choice for Madrid Stag and Hen Weekends,Madrid nights offers a selection of 'night time adventures' including VIP Club Night packages and Beer Fest. Equally energetic daytime adventures include Clay Pigeon shooting,Go Karting,Paintballing,Golf in Madrid whilst a pampering day in the Sierra Mountains (at a 5*hotel complete with its own man made lake!) caters for those who prefer relaxation to thrill seeking.

A meal in Madrid for less than €5 - Chris Stokel-Walker

Spanish Word a Day

Spanish Word a Day

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Want to learn Spanish before your trip but can't spare the time to take a course? Have a free daily Spanish lesson with Spanish word a day. This ingenious website provides a fun and easy way of learning Spanish via email. What could be easier than learning a language simply by checking your email!

A night on the tiles in Madrid - Andrea Kirkby


Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel

Gerry Dawe's Spain

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Renowned journalist and expat Gerry Dawes is the man behind this fantastic blog about all things Spanish. Gerry was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in December 2009 and won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on Cava in 2004. Gerry has an unsurpassed knowledge of Spain with over thirty years experience of travelling in the area and this is reflected in his writing. This blog is a collection of content derived from articles, books in process and travel notebooks and is an indespensible resource for those interested in a cultured approach to Spanish life.

Capital ideas in Madrid - Marcus Waring


Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School

Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School

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If you're serious about learning Spanish and have time to spare, the Yanapuma Foundation and Spanish School offer live online Spanish classes to students world-wide. These classes offer the opportunity to study from your own home, at your own pace, with a professional teacher before travelling abroad. If your love of the language temps you outside Europe then you can visit the Yanapuma Foundation which is located in a beautiful historic building in the UNESCO-declared world-heritage city of Quito in Ecuador. Yanapuma is a professional Spanish school with a variety of programs for students of all ages and also offers cultural and travel Spanish packages that explore the diversity of Ecuador: from the Andean sierra and cloud-forests to the Amazon rain forest and Pacific coast. 


Other useful links for Spanish Holidays:

select apartments in the best areas of Madrid & Barcelona. By combining a great quality service and care, customers can enjoy the comforts of home in a holiday apartment whether your visit's for business or pleasure.

The mission of Eurotrip is to encourage, enable, and empower more people to travel independently in a way that allows them to meet others and expand their views of different cultures and ideas. The large community of experienced backpackers has helped countless travelers plan their trips by providing them with unbiased reviews and recommendations that go beyond the typical guidebook.

Toledo Tourist Information: Hotels, Attractions & Travel Guide

Toledo Tourist Information Guide: hotels, attractions, travel tips, accommodation, sightseeing, photo gallery, tourist maps and practical information. Your Toledo travel guide.

Granada Apartments, Spain

Granada apartments for rent. Online Booking of apartment rentals in Granada, Spain. Self catering flats available for vacation rentals, short term & long term rental, with fully furnished designer interiors and modern apartment amenities.

Barcelona Tourist Information: Hotels, Attractions & Travel Guide

Barcelona Tourist Information: Hotels, Attractions & Travel Guide.</a><br />Barcelona Tourist Information Guide: hotels, attractions, travel tips, accommodation, sightseeing, photo gallery, tourist maps and practical information. Your Barcelona travel guide.

Madrid City Guide, Hostales and Travel Information 

A travel website devoted entirely to Madrid, this site contains all sorts of useful information about the city; including history, museums, transport and excursions.

Your online travel guide & agent with reviews on hotels,
hostels, sights, bars, nightclubs and more vacation + city spots!
Check out the free tourist maps as well.

Driving Holidays in Spain

Driving holidays in Europe for the independent motorist; Drive Alive is the one stop website with everything you need for your self drive motoring holiday.

Learn Spanish in Spain and Mexico

Learn Spanish with Don Quijote Spanish language schools. This renowned company offer Spanish courses in Spain & Mexico. 

Spanish Lessons

Web Spanish is an online Spanish school that offers students one-to-one classes with private teachers living in Peru

Wine Spain

A fantastic guide to Spanish wines and the various wine regions in the country.

Holiday Villas and Apartments to Rent in Moraira (Costa Blanca)

Holiday villas with private pools and apartments from VillaServers - the villa holiday specialists!

Barcelona Point

Make sure you check out this site if you fancy booking an Apartment in Barcelona or a stay in the top Hotel Costa Brava Spain or one of the Hotels Lloret de Mar Spain. This site offers easy online booking for hotels and apartments in Costa Brava, Costa Dorada, Majorca, Ibiza and Barcelona.

A Taste of Spain

The local boutique agency specializing in the design of unique culinary tours and gourmet activities for foodies and food professionals willing to experience the authentic taste of Spain.

Unveil the secrets of Ibérico ham and its beautiful ecosystem; taste the season’s first Olive Oils in Andalusia; visit amazing food markets in Catalonia; cook at a Gastronomic Society in the Basque Country; enjoy Tapas like the locals do; learn about Spain’s greatest wines like Rioja or Sherry; savor a culinary treat while in Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastian or Seville… or, simply, let A Taste Of Spain design your customized dream culinary program in Spain.

Cooking Holiday Spain

If you are looking for a unique holiday with a fun and relaxed atmosphere then look no further. These cooking holidays cater for not only groups and couples, but the individual too, ensuring that everyone is drawn together in cooking heaven for an experience they will remember forever.

Based in the beautiful Costa del Sol, Andalucía, Spain, Cooking Holiday Spain aims to "create memorable Gastronomic holidays providing guests with an extraordinary experience that always exceeds their expectations and ensure at all the times that the highest customer satisfaction is achieved”

Their star trip is the 7 days cooking holiday; a vacation dedicated to all people that love food, wine and great holidays
Apart from this tip they also offer other activities related to the culinary world, such as Mediterranean cooking classes, wine tastings & wine tours, daily culinary excursions, Gastronomic week end breaks and small catering & private chef service.

"Come along and let’s share the passion for good food, great wines…"

Wine Tours in Madrid has been designed to help plan your trip around Spanish wine. You can easily build your own Wine Tour in Spain. This company aim to offer you the most complete and comprehensive information in order to make it easy for you to organise your wine trip and wine holiday in Spain.
"We want to make sure you make the most of your stay and that you live an unforgettable experience around Spanish wine."

Venere Blog

Finally make sure you read the Venere travel blog for some great travel ideas and tips! You can then then visit the main website to discover the best Hotels in Barcelona and Madrid Hotels whilst you get some inspiration for your next trip!

Maitravelsite's Blog and Travelogue

Federico has been 5 times around the world. Visited 70+ countries. And is already planning his next trip. Take a look at his post on the Top 3 food experiences in Madrid. Great if you’re on a budget

HolidayCity Madrid Hotels and Accommodation

Reservation for Madrid hotels, accommodation, and apartments at discounted rates.

Discount Car Hire - Car rental

Offers car hire in Spain - Book online or contact our call centers by phone.

Madrid Travel Guides

 A great source of info on how to enjoy a holiday in the Spanish capital when on a very tight budget.

Spanish Gourmet Online

If you want a taste of Spain without the airfare visit Delinostrum for the crème de la crème of Spanish cuisine: mouth-watering Jamon and Spanish cheeses selections, for those who like "the real thing". This website is also a great for sending gourmet gifts to relatives and friends who live in Spain.

Lifestyle Holidays

Fancy combining your city break with a trip to the country? Lifestyle holidays specialise in the best value holidays to Spain, France, Italy and Croatia. Each site is handpicked and tested by their experienced team.

Andalucia Travel Guide

If you'd like to travel further afield after your time in Madrid, head to Andalusia and the stylish cities of Seville and Marbella . This website will tell you what's hot and what's not in the region with information on everything from sports to festivals to historical places of interest.

Auto Insurance Brokers

What to expect from the cheapest auto insurance brokers is a low price. But perhaps price shouldn't be the catch-all, end-all factor that you weigh while trying to make a decision about whether or not to buy a certain policy. A low priced premium policy will invariably end up costing you more, in fact, in the way of a higher deductible for example.

Wandering Educators - A global community of educators sharing travel experiences

Madrid Travel Guide

Practical information on booking a trip to Madrid; reviews of Madrid Hotels, Madrid Restaurants and Madrid Art Galleries as well as articles on festivals and public transport


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