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About Madrid

The Spanish capital of Madrid is one of the Iberian Peninsula’s most iconic and captivating cities. Situated on the banks of the Manzanares River, it is renowned for its rich heritage, vibrant contemporary culture and exciting nightlife, regarded as one of the best in the world. With a population of over three million, Madrid is located the northeast of the middle of the Iberian Peninsula, at the centre of the scenic Castillian plateau. Madrid’s historic city centre is home to a wealth of fascinating districts, including Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de Colón, each offering a wonderful insight into Spain’s long and intriguing past, as well as its marvellous modern culture.

Exploring Madrid

Madrid boasts many fantastic areas to explore and unearth incredible history and inspiring landmarks. Located in the heart of the Spanish capital, Puerta del Sol is a fantastic place to start a day of discovery in Madrid. This historic plaza boasts a number of intriguing buildings and monuments, including the famous statue of King Charles III on horseback, the Bear and the Madroño Tree Statue and the old and impressive Royal Post Office.

Elsewhere in the city centre, Plaza Mayor is one of Madrid’s most popular areas, especially with tourists, where visitors will find a plethora of charming cafes, restaurants and shops offering an authentic taste of local culture. This ancient square has a long and fascinating history, having played host to everything from markets and tournaments, to bullfights and executions, but nowadays is magnificent part of the city in which to soak up Madrid’s enchanting atmosphere.

Perhaps one of Madrid’s most famous and dramatic landmarks is the world-famous Royal Palace – or Palacio Real – which is often used for important state ceremonies. This colossal structure is one of the largest palaces in Europe and its impressive exterior is matched by its lavish interior, which can be seen up close on a guided tour of the building.

Madrid is renowned as a city of art and culture, and there is no better place to appreciate this side of Spain’s capital than with a trip to the museum district, often referred to as the Museum Triangle, named as such due to the three key art museums found here. These celebrated museums include one of the world’s finest art museums the Museo del Prado, the classical art collection at the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the famous modern art museum known as the Reina Sofia. Visitors will also find a number of smaller museums scattered throughout the area, which are also well worth visiting.

As well as its fascinating museums, Madrid is also well-known for its beautiful parks, which include El Retiro Park, Parque del Capricho and the Royal Botanical Garden, each offering the perfect place to relax in the sun and enjoy stunning and colourful surroundings.

Madrid tips

Many of Madrid’s museums are free to enter at certain points during the week, for example there is no charge to enter the Reina Sofia Museum after 7pm on weekdays, in the afternoon on Saturday and in the morning on Sunday, so if you’re hoping to visit the city’s best museums, plan your trip accordingly to help save money.

Madrid Itineraries

Peso Da Régua

Madrid & Secrets of the Douro - Madrid to Porto

5 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
9 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Porto
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Saint Emilion

Bordeaux Affair with Madrid - Bordeaux To Madrid

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Spain , Madrid
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Madrid

Delightful Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

2 sailing dates August 2021 to April 2022
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Bordeaux

Beautiful Bordeaux with Madrid -Bordeaux to Madrid

3 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2021
13 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Spain , Madrid
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Peso Da Régua

Delightful Douro with Madrid- Porto To Madrid

1 sailing date August 2021
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Salamanca

Lisbon to Madrid with Secrets of the Douro

2 sailing dates May 2022 to June 2022
12 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Seville

Spanish Conquest & Lisbon with Secrets of Douro

5 sailing dates May 2022 to September 2022
21 Nights From Barcelona, Spain, to Portugal , Porto
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Lisbon

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon with Madrid

15 sailing dates August 2021 to November 2022
16 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Peso Da Régua

Delightful Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

11 sailing dates August 2021 to November 2022
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Lisbon

Best of Portugal & France

2 sailing dates August 2021
19 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to France , Chalon
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Guimarães

Best of Portugal & France

2 sailing dates August 2021
26 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to , Paris
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Salamanca

Douro Discovery from Bordeaux to Porto

1 sailing date August 2021
18 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Portugal , Porto
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Seville

Douro Discovery from Barcelona to Porto

6 sailing dates August 2021 to July 2022
20 Nights From Barcelona, Spain, to Portugal , Porto
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Pinhao

Unforgettable Douro with Lisbon & Madrid

1 sailing date August 2021
17 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Peso Da Régua

Madrid to Lisbon with Secrets of the Douro

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
12 Nights From Madrid, Spain to Portugal , Lisbon
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Salamanca

14 Days Douro Delights with Lisbon and Madrid

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
13 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Peso Da Régua

Delightful Douro with Madrid

8 sailing dates April 2022 to November 2022
10 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Bordeaux

Bordeaux Affair with Madrid

2 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2021
10 Nights From Bordeaux, France, France to Spain , Madrid
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Salamanca

Unforgettable Douro - Porto to Madrid

14 sailing dates August 2021 to November 2022
13 Nights From Porto, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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Guimarães

Exploring Douro, plus Lisbon & Madrid - Eastbound

5 sailing dates August 2021 to November 2021
11 Nights From Lisbon, Portugal to Spain , Madrid
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