A weekend in Madrid: culture, shopping, restaurants and musicals
The possibilities Madrid offers to both visitors and locals are undoubtedly infinite. The immense variety of activities you can do in the capital city of Spain makes for a perfect destination which caters to all tastes and preferences. In Madrid you can go shopping, fulfil your cultural curiosity, try new restaurants or drinking bars unlike anywhere else, visit specialist shops, or simply take a stroll through the magical streets of the city. Anything is possible if you stay in an easily accessible hotel in the centre of Madrid.
The main art collections of Spain can be found in Madrid: El Prado Museum (entry free of charge from Monday to Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00, and Sunday from 17:00 to 20:00); Reina Sofía Museum (entry free of charge on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings); Thyssen Bornemisza Museum with over 700 art pieces (entry free of charge on Mondays from 12:00 to 16:00). These are only some of the must-see options for art enthusiasts. If you come by the Royal Palace (a five-minute walk from Plaza Mayor) on the first Wednesday of the month, you’ll be able to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. You can enter the facilities of the Royal Palace free of charge on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 15:00 to 18:00 between the months of October and March, and from 17:00 to 20:00 between the months of April and September.
Madrid has a high variety of shopping centres. However, if you choose to stay in a hotel in the centre of Madrid you will be able to visit establishments located in the very heart of this city. There are certain businesses which have been around for over a century, such as Antigua Pastelería El Pozo (1830), La Bisutería Otero (1905), Licores Madrueño, haberdashery shops La Camerana and La Cordonería, amongst others, all of which represent pure living history. Furthermore, the area of Gran Vía, Fuencarral streets, Preciados and Serrano are also filled with all kinds of stores where you can spend a marvellous shopping time.
If you would like to taste the best gourmet cuisine, make sure you visit San Miguel Market, which is famous for products of the highest quality and variety. However, if you’re looking for something more traditional, you can visit the Casa Alberto Tavern, founded in 1827; or the Botín Restaurant, founded in 1725, where a young Francisco Goya presumably worked as a dishwasher.
Another advantage of booking a hotel in the centre of Madrid is the possibility to see the most diverse musicals performed in theatres of the city. The ideal location of the hotel helps you move around with ease. El Rey León (The Lion King) in the Lope de Vega Theatre is an absolute hit, seen by over 65 million spectators from all over the world. If something more alternative is to your taste, you can visit La Latina Theatre and see Toom Pak-Recilart 2.0 where an extraordinary performance to the rhythm of tanks and pipes combines the styles of funk, break-dance, and capoeira; El Otro Lado de la Cama in the Quevedo Theatre; Mi Madre, Serrat y yo. (Artespacio Plot Point); La Llamada (Lara Theatre); 50 sombras! El musical (Nuevo Apolo Theatre); or El Libro de la Selva, el Musical (Maravillas Theatre). These are just some of the performances you can enjoy during your stay in the city. Madrid puts an infinite number of possibilities at your fingertips, so don’t wait any longer and book a hotel in the centre of Madrid. Allow yourself to spend a coveted weekend doing things you enjoy the most