Madrid, Madrid, Madrid. The capital of Spain is always a perfect proposal to escape a weekend and get away. Culture, night leisure and the best atmosphere converge in this great city to make up a destination where you never get tired of coming back. Now that spring is about to appear, it is the best time for travelling to Madrid: weather is getting smoother, days begin to be longer, and the cultural offer flowers like no other time of the year.
For everyone who wants to make the most of a couple of days and immerse themselves in its streets, here is a short plan guide to keep in mind this spring in Madrid: from the classic musicals to a guided tour by the Vicente Calderón football stadium.
Mutua Madrid Open tennis championship: If you travel to Madrid in May, one of the best plans you will have is the tennis championship the Spain capital hosts each year and where you can see some of the best players of the world, among them, the great Rafa Nadal. In addition, you could take the opportunity to know the great Magic Box designed by Dominique Perrault which people talk so much about. Tickets are already on sale on the Madrid Open website, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone.
The Lion King Musical: or the Hoy no me puedo levantar hit, in the Coliseum Theatre in Madrid. Both compose one of the most interesting cultural offers for all audiences of the capital. Critics claim that, specifically, the Lion King is one of the more wonderful musicals that can be nowadays seen around the world. Winner of 6 Tony awards, it is a perfect plan to go with your partner or even with children.
A tour by the advances of our age: The third plant of the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid host TecnoRevolución until May 11th, an exhibition made in collaboration with La Caixa Social Programme that invite us to discover in an enjoyable, fun and very close way how the telecommunications and information technologies have evolved over the last years. Entry is free.
Visit the permanent collection of the Museum del Prado: Although you had gone a thousand times, it would not be surprising that you still had a pending meeting with the permanent collection of Museo del Prado. It is one of the most important exhibitions of the world and represents an ideal plan to spend a morning with your partner or alone, enjoying the legacy of the best European artists of all time.
A day in the Madrid Zoo: or in the Warner Bros theme park. If you go with kids to Madrid, you should look at al least one of this two options, although visiting the Zoo Aquarium will be always more comfortable: you do not need spends the entire day on it and will allow you to make the most of the weekend in the capital. The Madrid Zoo is one of the most historical of Spain. It is located in Casa de Campo, very close to the theme park. Entry is free for kids under 3 years of age, and costs €18 for kids under 7 and adults over the age of 65. For everyone else ticket price is 23 €.
Guided tour to the Vicente Calderón Stadium: If you are a football fanatic, with only €10 you can visit the Atlético de Madrid stadium, one of the most emblematic and loved stadiums of Spain. Visit includes access to the President’s Box, VIP , trophy and changing room… An interesting experience to share with the children or friends.
And in regards to the lodging, between March and June the principal hotels chains of Madrid have special discounts, lodging and breakfast offers, besides packages for the weekend to enjoy a room with all the comforts in Madrid centre without emptying your pockets.
Although the best choice for a weekend is booking a hotel as central as possible, it is true that another location could be cheaper, so if you want to save in lodging and you do not care about going by underground, here are some interesting options:
Hotels next to the Madrid airport: Very comfortable hotels if you are travelling with the children because it allows you to be just one step away from the aeroplane and go later through the city by public or private transport, since the area is quieter, is well connected, rooms are usually more spacious and have more services for the same price or even cheaper.
Arturo Soria Hotels: The linear city area, Arturo Soria and Centro Comercial Alcalá Norte make up an interesting accommodation area in Madrid, above all if you are travelling with the family, since it offers any number of services, good connections of the underground with the centre and really competitive prices.