Madrid is a city that has a great food, drink and dance scene, it is a perfect place for a cultural weekend getaway. Browse through the wide variety of accommodation on our website and find your dream holiday rental. Just click on our easy to use filter option and find hundreds of results within seconds, from leading holiday letting websites such as Airbnb, Tripadvisor and Booking.com!
Book a holiday letting in the culturally rich city of Madrid
Madrid is a city that has massively rebuilt itself over the last ten years, all of the main museums have improved and been expanded. The centre of the city is bursting with new restaurants, gourmet food markets, delis and boutiques, it is the ideal place to escape to for a weekend and book a holiday rental. Let Likibu find you an authentic Spanish apartment in this beautiful city or if you want to be pampered, enjoy room service and choose from our wide selection of Madrid hotels.
When to visit
A lovely time to visit Madrid is between May- Mid July and September where temperatures vary between 20-32 degrees Celsius. During the peak summer months you will experience temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius, we would advise avoiding these months to visit the city if you can. From November to December the weather is quite mild with temperatures of 12-9 degrees Celsius and it is predominantly dry.
How to get there
Flights from the UK to Madrid take roughly two hours, you can find flights from all the main airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair, Norwegian Air, British Airways and Air Europa. There are direct flights from the main airports in London and several regional airports including Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester. The main airport in Madrid is Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, it is a 20-30-minute car journey from the city centre. The taxi fare from the airport to the city centre will be roughly €30 however if you would are on a budget and you would rather travel by metro it will cost you €5. Another low-cost way of getting to the city centre is taking the 24-hour bus that will also only put you back €5, it takes roughly 20-40 minutes.
Getting around the city
A one-way ride on the metro or bus costs €1.50 for up to 5 stops, for a longer journey it will be €2. We would recommend buying the tourist ticket, it is a great way of saving money whilst travelling around the city. You can buy it from all metro stations and you can use it on the metro, bus and all local trains, it only costs €8.40!
Where to stay in Madrid
The Gran Vía
The Gran Vía is the main avenue that runs through the heart of the city, its runs from Plaza de Cibeles to Plaza de España. If you don't mind the traffic and the crowds of people, then this is a very convenient place to book accommodation. You will find a wide selection of serviced apartments and hotel rooms in this area. The Gran Vía is near the most popular tourist attractions and it has great places to eat within a five-minute walk.
Plaza de España
This is another area situated in the centre of Madrid, however it is a bit quieter than somewhere like the Gran Vía. You can find plenty of great value apartments and hostels in this district. There are many fantastic places to visit near this neighbourhood such as the Royal Palace and the tranquil Oeste Park, both are roughly a ten-minute walk away. Other highlights include the nearby Arugüelles neighbourhood filled with high street shops and the highly regarded El Corte Inglés department store.
Madrid de los Austrias
This is the oldest neighbourhood in Madrid, it is surrounded by beautiful historic buildings constructed during the Habsburg era in the 16th and 17th century. If you want to experience life as a local this is the place to book a holiday letting. Enjoy a stroll along the charming streets and stop for some delicious tapas in one of the traditional Spanish restaurants. You will find an array of inexpensive hotel rooms and bed and breakfasts' here.
Chueca and Salesas
Chueca and Salesas is described as downtown Madrid, it is very hip and trendy. This area is where all of the fashionistas hangout and it is also very popular with the gay crowd. You will find lots of student accommodation and hostels available in this area.
Barrio de Salamanca
Salamanca is Madrid's smartest neighbourhood and you will find a myriad of up-market accommodation here. It was designed originally for the aristocracy of Madrid and today you'll find beautiful townhouses, streets lined with designer shops and some exquisite restaurants. If you are looking for a romantic getaway and you want to treat your loved one rent a luxury apartment or hotel room in this area.
Things to see in Madrid
The Prado and the Reina Sofía
Madrid is renowned for its impressive art museums such as The Prado and Reina Sofía. The Prado contains works of art from incredible Spanish artists such as Velázquez, El Greco and Goya. You will also find amazing pieces from Italian and Flemish artists such as Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Bosch and Rubens. We would definitely recommend booking as you can expect very long queues! If you want to visit more modern art then head over to Reina Sofía, a former 18th century hospital. Here you can spend hours marvelling at stunning work from artists like Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies.
The Retiro Park Lake
If the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, then it would a crime not to visit Retiro Park Lake and rent a rowing boat. The Park used to be the gardens of a royal palace however it has been transformed into Madrid's most popular park. We would not recommend going on a Sunday as it is usually extremely busy then.
Try a flamenco lesson
If you are fascinated by the beauty and elegance of flamenco dancers, then why not give it a try? Enjoy an evening with expert flamenco dancers and let them teach you the passion behind this art. This is the perfect activity if you want to get dressed up in authentic Spanish clothes and really immerse yourself with the local traditions.
Mercado de San Miguel
It wouldn't be a trip to Madrid without embracing the outstanding food scene. If you are a real foodie then a key place to visit is the gourmet food market, Mercado de San Miguel. It is filled with hundreds of Spanish delights such as churros, jamon, cheese, seafood and a lot more.
If you want to find the best tapas restaurants, then why not book a Devour Tour and be shown the most delicious authentic Spanish food in Madrid. There are a variety of tours to choose from for different types of groups ranging from family-friendly to more sophisticated.