FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN MADRID
Madrid is a convenient destination for direct flights, for example for a weekend getaway.
Good connections from Finland
There are several direct flights from Finland to Madrid and prices start at about two hundred euros. Finnair flies from Helsinki to Madrid once a year all year round. With a stopover, you can get there even cheaper.
Madrid Barajas Airport is around 15 km outside the city and is accessible by Metro. By the time you get to the airport, you need to buy a separate airport ticket in addition to the regular metro ticket. An additional ticket can also be purchased on arrival at the airport before leaving the metro area.
According to DigoPaul, Madrid can also be easily reached by train from the rest of Spain and Central Europe. The city has two main train stations, Atocha and Chamartín, so you should make sure to which station the train arrives.
Choose accommodation according to the holiday program
Madrid offers a wide range of accommodation options in all price ranges. Hotels in the city center can be quite expensive, so you should book your accommodation well in advance.
When choosing a hotel or hostel location, you should think about what you plan to do in the city in the first place. Madrid’s districts, the barrios, all have their own character, La Latina has the best tapas, Huerta has the best nightlife, Malasaña has authentic Madrid and Chueca is the center of Madrid’s gay culture.
By public transport around Madrid
Madrid is best served by metro or on foot. The metro network is very comprehensive and definitely the easiest and most efficient way to get around. The city also has an extensive bus network and commuter trains can run outside the city center.
The city also has extensive train connections across Spain, allowing day trips to be combined with a Madrid holiday.
Madrid’s most famous attractions include high-quality museums and the Retiro Park.
World class museums
A holiday in Madrid is definitely worth exploring the city’s arts and culture. The most famous museums in the city are the Museo del Prado, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, all located in the so-called Golden Triangle right in the heart of the city.
The Museo del Prado presents a rich collection of art from the old Masters and has the largest collection of Spanish art. The pearl of the Museum Reina Sofia is Picasso’s Guernica, which is often precisely crowded in front of it. The halls of Thyssen-Bornemisza, on the other hand, are full of well-known names, especially from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Touring all three museums can be costly, as a single entrance costs an adult ten euros upwards, depending on the museum. However, each of these museums allows free admission at certain times, so to save on admission fees, you can schedule your visit for these hours or days. Museum-specific information and ticket prices should be checked online before traveling.
If you want a short break from the hustle and bustle of the city during your holiday, head to Retiro Park. The 130-hectare park is a favorite picnic area and outdoor area for both Madriders and tourists. With its statues and large monuments, the park is like an open-air gallery.
The specialty of Retiro Park is its beloved mini pond, which can also be enjoyed from a rowing boat. In addition to this, the tourist will be charmed by the park’s numerous garden areas and the Crystal Palace.
Traders and tourist chatterers may be encountered in the park, but fortunately there is no overwhelming trade. Late in the evening or at night, Retiro is not a recommended place for solo travelers.
Built in the 18th century, the Royal Palace in Madrid is one of the largest in Western Europe and has around 3,000 rooms. However, the current Spanish royal couple does not live in the palace, although it is called the official residence of the king. Part of the castle is open to the public, which also offers tourists the opportunity to take a peek at the royal life.
The palace is open to visitors daily except for a few public holidays. Admission costs adults just over € 10.
Mercado de San Miguel Market Hall
In the market hall of the Mercado de San Miguel, it is worth visiting to smell the intoxicating aromas of delicacies and even taste tapas by a glass of wine.
Merchants offering fresh vegetables, delicious pastries and the widest variety of seafood put on their best in a stunning Art Nouveau setting every day. Spaniards love olives – try to calculate how many different varieties you can find in the market hall!
Admire the sunset
Madrid is known for its spectacular sunsets, which can be watched on one of the city’s numerous roof terraces, for example. The most popular terraces can be penetrated just at sunset, so you should arrive on time to grab the best spots.
One of the most popular places to watch the sunset is the roof terrace of the Azotea del Círculo, opposite the famous Metrópolis building. The terrace is open from morning until midnight and the entrance fee is a couple of euros.
THE BEST OF MADRID
The Royal Palace is an attraction not to be missed in Madrid.
The best experiences in Madrid
- See the lively center of Madrid, Puerta del Sol
- Visit the magnificent Prado Museum
- Escape the hustle and bustle of the big city to El Retiro Park
- Shop and dive into the nightlife
- Treat yourself to Madrid’s lively tapas bars