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There's something telling about Madrid's place right in the geographical heart of Spain. With its pulsating tapas bars, grand Castilian palaces, bustling plazas, lively local Madrilenos and skirt-twirling flamenco joints, it’s the perfect encapsulation of the nation. And it's packed with action and energy, with the power to entice and excite travellers like few cities on the globe. You'll spend mornings people watching in palm-shaded cantinas, afternoons gawping at New World treasures in the museums, and evenings sloshing sangria cups on the squares of sleepless Chueca. From the sprawling Plaza Mayor to the Don Quixote sculpture on Plaza de Espana, this one promises to be a real whirlwind of Iberian culture, spicy patatas bravas and unforgettable art.
Jostling for the best hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts in Madrid can be a tricky business, what with so many millions of visitors flocking to the capital each year. On the flip side, ebookers has plenty of Madrid holiday apartments all over the city, offering some unexpected stays with oodles of character and availability. But the bonuses don't stop there, either. You're also likely to find Madrid holiday rentals come with plenty of space compared to your classic hotel room, and mean you can really lay the bags down and enjoy the metropolis like a local – cooking your own meals, sipping sangria on your private terrace and relaxing in the evenings in large lounge spaces.
Be sure to pack comfy walking shoes because Madrid is brimming with street life and sprawling plazas. You'll absolutely have to spend time wandering the winding lanes and cobbled alleys of the famous Barrio de las Letras, chasing down tales of Cervantes and Lope de Vega as you go. The so-called Art Triangle – a medley of the Reina Sofia Museum, Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – is also within, touting works by Francisco Goya, El Greco and more. And when the stomach rumbles, tapas joints can be found in the tight-knit streets around the Puerta del Sol and all throughout enchanting La Latina neighbourhood, punctuated by flea markets and beer bars aplenty. There's simply loads of to do.
Most holiday rentals in Madrid come with good connections to the public transport networks that run throughout the metropolis. Foremost is the Metro de Madrid, one of the world's most efficient underground systems, connecting all the major areas with far-flung neighbourhoods to the north and south. Air-conditioned buses also rumble over the cobbled lanes of the center, and even offer rides to the late-night partiers from the Plaza de Cibeles interchange. To reach holiday apartments in Madrid suburbs, or for excursions out to nearby wonders like the Alcala de Henares and beautiful Aranjuez, it might be worth considering hiring a car for a couple of days.