Temperature: July and August see an average temperature of 25 (°c), which decreases to 6 (°c) in January. Thankfully cloudless skies are common during winter in Madrid.
Best time to visit: Madrid’s gardens and green spaces tend to be at their prettiest in the spring. Things can get dry and very hot in summer. While autumn can be wet, it’s a great time to wrap up warm and see the leaves turn a rainbow of golden colours.
Art lovers: Wander the Paseo del Arte, Art Walk, to see famous art collections spanning the ages.
Football fans: Walk on the hallowed home ground of one of the world’s greatest soccer success stories: Real Madrid.
Stylish shoppers: Explore Madrid’s network of stylish shopping streets, with labels ranging from trendy high street to high-end designer.
Language: The language spoken in Spain is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in Madrid is the euro (€).
Local time: Madrid is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Madrid-Barajas airport is around 15km northeast of central Madrid.
Alternative transport: Madrid is well connected by rail, to France. From the UK, France is easily accessible by Eurostar. Madrid is also accessible from the whole of Spain and Europe by coach.
Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Madrid tourist information can be found at www.esmadrid.com.
Visa / health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Madrid.
Madrid Metro: Madrid’s metro is the fastest and cheapest way of getting around the city. Hop on one of the 12 lines linking the whole of Madrid and some of the suburbs too. Pick up a Tourist Travel Pass for unlimited use of all of Madrid’s public transport.
Bus: For places that the metro doesn’t quite reach, Madrid’s buses do a great job. At your service almost around the clock, during peak hours they run every 4-15 minutes.
Cercanías suburban service: If you fancy taking a trip outside the city, hop aboard one of the cheap and fast suburban trains.
Kick up your heels: Held each June, Suma Flamenca is a festival that celebrates flamenco dancing in all of its forms, from the traditional to the modern, to a soundtrack of Spanish guitar.
Street party: Mulafest brings you the best of underground music, theatre, skateboarding, films, breakdancing, custom motorcycles and cars. Held in June, this is the place to sample street food ranging from flavourful Vietnamese noodles to familiar fish and chips.
Celebrate Madrid: Straddling February and March, Carnival showcases Madrid’s imagination, through colourful fancy dress costumes and masks as well as a lively programme of activities.