Madrid: Home to a vibrant mix of modern and historic culture

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Madrid, the capital of Spain, is one of Europe's most impressive and breathtaking cities. Its exciting and dynamic combination allows you to book flights to Madrid and explore this metropolis. Madrid is also home to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN). But why is Madrid such a famous city in Spain? It is known for its Renaissance and contemporary museums, historic buildings, beautiful neighbourhoods and vibrant nightlife. Book a codeshare flight to Madrid and explore the sprawl of this city dotted with attractions. No holiday in Madrid is complete without exploring its impressive gardens, various historic buildings, beautiful museums, and charming public squares. 

Best time to visit: Autumn is the best time to visit Madrid. September, October, and November are the best months, with mild temperatures and sunny days.

How to Reach?

By Air: The main airport that serves Madrid is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD), also known as Madrid–Barajas Airport. This international airport is the second-largest in Europe, and you can find several public transportation options that connect the city to the airport. Together with Turkish Airlines, we at IndiGo can connect you from India to Madrid with multiple flights to Madrid as well as to several other European cities from Istanbul. 

By Train: To visit the city by train, you can get to Chamartín and Atocha. These are the two train stations in Madrid. Both of these stations have Metro and Cercanias commuter train connections. Renfe, a railway company, is also recommended to book train services to and from Madrid. 

By Road: Buses and taxis are the best way to get around the city and to the airport; there are plenty of local taxi services and app-based cabs around Madrid. 

Getting Around: The best way to explore Madrid is by taking the metro. The Madrid metro system is spread throughout the city. It also connects to the Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and to the southern suburbs. You can collect a travel pass that can be used on all public transport, like metros and blue EMT city buses. Speaking of buses, they are also a great way to get around the city. There are several buses that cover every neighbourhood; you can also find metered taxis and app-based taxi services. 

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Places to visit in Madrid

  • Museo Nacional del Prado: The Prado Museum is truly a world-class museum with over 8,000 paintings and over 700 sculptures. There are many masterpieces in the huge art collection, and about 2,300 works are on display. You can explore the museum all day long. Each section is divided into over 100 rooms over 3 floors.
  • Buen Retiro Park and Crystal Palace: This park is an oasis in the city. Due to its location, this park offers an escape from the busy life without leaving the city. There are various gardens and forest trails to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Royal Palace and Gardens: This magnificent palace is the Spanish version of Versailles. However, unlike Versailles in France, the palace is still used as an official home by the royal family and is also used for official state functions. Commissioned by Philip V in the 18th century, the building features a beautiful neoclassical facade of granite and white Colmenor stone.
  • Plaza Mayor: This elegant 17th-century square was built during the reign of Felipe III. It was built and served as the centre of business and community life.  The square was also the venue for bullfights, dramatic performances, and knightly tournaments. Today, the square is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike.
  • Fuente de Cibeles: Located in a major transport hub, Fuente de Cibeles is one of Madrid's most iconic monuments. Here you'll find a lifelike statue depicting the Roman goddess Cybele in a chariot drawn by lions. Behind the fountain is the Cibeles Palace, home to the CentroCentro Cultural Center. 
  • Temple of Debod: This is a wonderful place to discover ancient Egyptian temples in Spain. Located in La Montagna Park near Plaza de España, visitors can visit and explore this well-preserved temple and stroll through the original decorations inside. It is indeed a rare temple and a fascinating ruin. 

Places to eat in Madrid

  • Sasha Restaurant: Sacha Restaurant is loved by both Madrid gourmets and international chefs. This cosy bistro is simply decorated with black-and-white prints, wooden chairs, and white tablecloths. The food is also delicious, offering upscale comfort dishes such as onion soup and steak tartare, as well as more decadent fare such as crab-layered faux-his lasagna. Sacha Restaurant stands apart from its competitors with its impeccable attention to detail and friendly staff, led by wine pairing expert Sacha himself.
  • Sala de Despiece: This is an authentic meat restaurant in Madrid. Here, you can find some of the best tapas Madrid has to offer. The aesthetic of the restaurant creates a slightly unexpected and industrial vibe that reminds diners where the food came from. Sweet Tudela artichokes, red Murcia tuna, and blistered green piparras are all on the seasonal menu alongside deconstructed classics and the tabletop pyrotechnics. Performance presentation is one of the restaurant’s main draws, as is the excellent wine list, which includes Ruedas, Riojas, Albariños, and a few quirky varietals to suit the modern crowd.
  • Diver XO: Madrid has 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, and one of the best is Diver XO. It is a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant brought to life by Chef David Muñoz. DiverXO is located on the roof of the Eurobuilding hotel, the artful menu will impress guests with intense flavours and avant-garde presentation topped with dry ice, sour parmesan cheese, and truffle shavings.

Shopping in Madrid

  • Mercado de San Miguel: One of the iconic shopping centres in Madrid is Mercado de San Miguel. It is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous 19th-century building with large windows and twisting wrought iron. It is located near the Plaza Mayor, making it a good place to stop and check out the market. There are a few stalls lined up, selling mouthwatering tapas as well as other food items. 
  • Mercado de la Paz: This market is probably the oldest market in Madrid. It was opened in 1882 and has a strong historical background, making it one of the more attractive markets to visit. You can find some of the finest seafood as well as delicious tortillas from Casa Dani; it is a feast for the regular customers visiting Mercado de la Paz. 
  • El Rastro (La Latina): Open on Sundays, this market attracts locals and visitors to the area to feast on delicious food and buy souvenirs. El Rastro is located around Ribera de Curtidores in the La Latina neighborhood. Every Sunday, over 700 stalls and dozens of vintage stores open to sell their best items. If you are looking for a perfect way to spend a Sunday, then this is it.

Where to stay in Madrid?

  • The Madrid Edition: There is no surprise as to why you should choose Edition for your Madrid stay experience. It is one of the top hotels in Madrid as well as the most stylish, yet with a touch of minimalism. Created by Ian Schrager and architect John Pawson, the Edition in Madrid oozes luxe and comfort, from wall to ceiling, carpet to furniture. Even the location of the hotel is ideal, sitting on a quiet square. 
  • Westin Palace Madrid: The Westin Palace is located inside this historic building, which was built in 1912, commissioned by King Alfonso XIII. It has a state-of-the-art interior, stylish rooms, and La Rotonda, a bar you need to visit even if you are not staying at the hotel. The hotel also has a small museum showcasing the building's history and the stars who have stayed here like Hemingway, Picasso, and the Rolling Stones, to name a few. 
  • Hotel Único Madrid: Located on Salamanca's sophisticated streets, Hotel Único Madrid is tucked away, one blink might be enough to miss the entrance. Inside the hotel’s marble staircase leads to the large rooms and bathrooms, which open to numerous windows that again open onto a quiet courtyard or onto the main street in front. There are also two Michelin-starred restaurants where you can savour delicious meals. Make sure to reserve a table in advance if you do not want to miss out on the best dining experience in Madrid.

More reasons to visit Madrid

  • For those who love to walk: Madrid is not a very big city and you can easily see everything on foot. Although you can take local taxis that aren't too expensive, or app-based cabs, but walking around the streets, exploring the city on foot is quite an experience.
  • For the love of history: Madrid has an impressive history and a lot of impressive monuments, including the wonderful Plaza Mayor, the Egyptian Temple of Debod, the beautiful Almudena Cathedral, and the Plaza de Cibeles with its impressive fountain. 

Visa and Immigration

If you are wondering whether Indian passport holders require Spain visa? Then yes, Indian national planning to visit Spain need a visa. However, remember that Spain is both the European Union (EU) and a Schengen Area, so Indians require a Schengen Visa for tourism, a long-stay work or for study. With this visa, tourists are allowed a stay that is valid for 90 days from the date of entry.

To ensure a hassle-free and seamless travel, here is a detailed information about the Spain visa –

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