Apartments Madrid Short Stay

Having in mind the fact that Madrid is a large metropolitan city, full of diversities, there are millions people visiting Madrid due to various different reasons. For some people a visit is related to their business, since they are supposed to participate in business meetings. There are those who seek professional improvement on numerous seminars and lectures. People come because of concerts, exhibitions, performances, shopping, visiting relatives, friends, etc. Yet, there are those who include Madrid as one of the stops in their travel.

What all of those visitors have in common is the need to find apartments Madrid short stay. Since the type of visit imposes the need for someone to stay in the capital city of Spain during a short time period, one is obliged to find accommodation that will provide condition for enjoyable staying.

When it comes to apartments Madrid short stay, there are plenty of opportunities, especially when you trying to find apartments to rent for your short visit. People are very different and they have very different needs from one another, so the apartments are adapted to satisfy all kinds of tastes and needs. All you have to do is say what exactly you want.

For example, if you need an apartment with a garage or a balcony, you can go through the selection of apartments offering these, and you can narrow down your search. Location of the apartment is often an important element in the process of choosing an apartment to rent, especially for people who arrive to Madrid on business. Those are usually the people who will not have much time to waste, and therefore they choose the apartment that is located near the places they will be visiting while in the city.

When it comes to tourists, location is not the most important factor, but instead tourists are focused on renting comfortable apartment. They also like to compare prices, are finding more affordable accommodation, usually means larger budget for sightseeing and eating in the restaurants, or it can even mean longer staying, which is a great opportunity for tourists to prolong their holiday.

On the other hand, the tourists with a significant budget sometimes seek luxurious apartments, which are fully furnished and equipped with all sorts of gadgets. In this case, the price will not be much of a factor, but such tourist will choose an apartment that is nicely designed and furnished according to their liking.

Even though a short visit can usually be stressful, due to the fact that you quickly have to adapt to the new environment, it is of great importance that you find apartment where you will feel comfortable and relaxed. In this way, the process of adaptation will go much smoother and you will soon be ready to enjoy in the city. Regardless of the type of your visits, you will certainly have at least couple of hours for sightseeing and eating in one of Madrid’s restaurants where you will be able to try local specialties.

An Apartment with Everything You Need to Enjoy Your Stay in Madrid

Here on the blog Apartamentos Mayor Centro, we have given many recommendations on how to make the most out of your stay in Madrid. We have shared the best places to visit according to your specific plans for your stay in Madrid: whether you are traveling alone or you are exploring the city with your family. Even if your visit is only related to your business, it does not mean you should not spend a couple of incredibly pleasant days in this beautiful metropolitan city.

And today we are going to talk about one of our Madrid apartments, which can be an excellent choice for your short or medium holiday in our capital city. In particular, we are offering you a spacious apartment, called “Superior Apartment with Terrace no. 55”, which is ideal for a family visit, due to its internal arrangement. It is an apartment with two bedrooms, one with double bed (ideal for parents) and another room with three single beds. This arrangement allows us to host a family of up to six members in this apartment. Besides the beds that are already described, the sofa in the lounge can also be used as an additional bed. Having in mind the number of people that can be accommodated, this apartment is also ideal for a group of cousins ​​or friends who have decided to travel together and spend their vacation in Madrid. In that case, the convenience and comfort of our apartment would also bring a really affordable price, since it is split among six guests.

What else can you enjoy if you go for this apartment in particular? A spacious living room, that will make you feel at home, and where you can spend a wonderful evening with your family or friends. If you find it too hot during the sunset, there is always the option to go to the terrace and share a few drinks or a cold soda to finish an exhausting tour around the city. The apartment also has a full kitchen (including a refrigerator and a microwave) to cook at ease and pleasure, so that your holiday does not reach stratospheric costs. Eating in the best restaurants in Madrid is an incredible experience, but doing it three times a day could result in spending a very expensive long weekend or holiday. Therefore, we suggest being more selective when choosing to which restaurant you want to go, while you prepare the rest of your meals conveniently in your apartment. As for the bathroom, you can count on shower, bathe and even on a hair dryer so that you will shine, when taking a stroll through the streets and avenues in Madrid.

To discover interesting ideas on how to get the most out of your time in the Spanish capital, you can take a look at other posts on our blog, as it is important that you choose the perfect accommodation, one of our best apartments Madrid.

Spring Break in Madrid

For single people, it is a great opportunity being able to spend spring break away from the ongoing work stress and to have a few days to enjoy. Spring is an ideal season because not only is there one holiday, but there are several holidays during a short time period. The weather is warm, but not too hot, and both the field sand the cities are naturally decorated with flowers, as the nature comes to life in spring.

If we opt for something urban because we want this spring to be a true party and we want to enjoy the nights out, an excellent option is to choose Madrid. This cosmopolitan city has an impressive, and internationally recognized, ambient which guarantees a break full of fascinating nightlife.

We start by renting apartments in the center of Madrid, in which we can enjoy in the comfort, just as if we were at home, but at the same time, we will enjoy the luxury and pleasure of a fully furnished space in the city center. From there, we can visit the places famous for the great atmosphere during the night parties in Madrid. We can have dinner around ten in the evening, and after an amazing dinner we can go out for drinks, in several bars until two in the morning, when you hit the nightclubs. That’s a perfect plan. Once you are in the club of your choice, you can completely shake off idleness and dance until the sun comes up. You can end the evening with a breakfast, having traditional churros with chocolate, after which you return to admire the cityscape from the balcony in your apartment, and then sleep until late afternoon. The long days of spring are ideal for this. Here is a short list of clubs where you will enjoy and which will make you want to come back to Madrid.

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  • OHM Club, Plaza Mayor.
  • Club Ocho y Medio, in the Mañasaña neighborhood (remember not to dress too formal).
  • Club Kapital (in Atocha …here is where you should dress up!)
  • Club Fabrik (monthly Goa sessions)
  • Joy Eslava Club (in the center, ideal for a hipster style)
  • Tupperware Club (in the Chueca and Malasaña , ideal for mingling)
  • Dark Hole Club (for those who like to dress in black, in the Chueca and Malasaña)

 

Remember, these are just some of the options you can find. These are very different (and as you can see from our short list, there are clubs for all tastes and possibilities), so once you choose the one you want, you can enjoy a night out in Madrid. Surely you will not regret it and you will spend an unforgettable spring. The key is to properly choose your favorite clubs and spend more than one night in each, so you dig the atmosphere, music and drinks of the place.

Nature Tourism near Madrid: Sierra de Guadarrama

One of the best choices we have when visiting Madrid, Spain is to enjoy the surroundings. This does not only refer to a wonderful urban landscape and everything the central area of the city provides. Thanks to its advanced system of roads and public transport (especially trains), renting Madrid apartment allows you to visit other nearby areas, and you can always return to the apartment you have rented in order to rest from intense sightseeing.

For all those people who are passionate about ecotourism or adventure, there is a National Park, the Sierra de Guadarrama, just 56 km from Madrid. This park, located in the Sierra, which in a way divides the southern and northern part of Spain, is well connected to the city. You can visit the park by renting a car and driving along the highway A- 6. After that you will follow the road M -601 until the exit 39. Alternatively, you can take the M -607 (Colmenar Viejo), from the Plaza Castillo, in Madrid, and then turn at the M -614, to Navacerrada.

If you do not have your own or rented vehicle, you can take the train, using the ones that go from Madrid to Atocha, Recoletos, Nuevos Ministerios and Chamartín . Other option is to take the bus, using either the line 684 from Moncloa, or the line 685 which goes to Majadahonda and Navacerrada via Cercedilla.

This National Park is the “border” between Madrid and Segovia, and it has peaks up to 2000 meters high. In the National Park, we can find a lot of small towns, historic sites and unique natural wealth. It is an ideal place for all of those who love mountain biking, since it has hundreds of small paths and a variety of terrains, sandy, muddy and rocky paths, as well as paths near the streams. Riding a bike in the park or walking tours both offer you a chance to see breathtaking scenery of valleys, peaks and waterfalls, Mediterranean forests, small castles and monasteries, as well as historical sites from the Spanish Civil War. While enjoying the nature, you can catch a glimpse of the skyscrapers from the capital in the distance.

The place dates back to the period even before the arrival of the Romans (whose traces can still be seen in the remains of the Roman road), and it is surrounded by myths and legends. It is just another example of the wonders that Madrid has to offer, a perfect place for you to enjoy if you choose to rent a holiday apartment in Madrid.

Madrid at Night

We have already talked about the excellent entertainment, cultural and dining opportunities that rental apartment Madrid offers throughout the day. But Madrid lives at night as well. The nightlife in this city is bustling and somehow endless. Madrid’s nightlife has something for everyone, regardless of your preferences, your age or nationality. There even are a lot of restaurants, cafes and bars that accept children late in the evening. Sure it is not a good idea to take your kids to a bar, but if you are single, or you have the opportunity to travel with your partner and enjoy the nightlife, it is an experience you will not forget.

Are you looking for a glamorous night?

You can try drinking a martini in the elegant bar El Cock, or perhaps drinking cocktails in Chicote Museum, which is considered to be one of the best bars in Spain. If you want something more modern, check out la Reina Bruja, with their interior completely illuminated with LED lights.

As you can already guess based on those first three recommendations, something that enriches and makes nightlife in Madrid fascinating is its variety, diversity and energy. For example, continuing with bars full of style and elegance, you can also visit 4 Bajo Cero or the Ramses, both in the Barrio de Salamanca. But if you are interested in something completely different, try going to La Lupe. If you are looking for a place to listen to good rock music, try going to Malasaña.

There are also very good choices if you want to enjoy good live music, played by a DJ, and taste excellently prepared drinks. In that case the recommendation is el Bar Camp, where you can even watch interesting short films.

It has always been a sign of “success” for a bar in Madrid to have a good terrace, and even more so today, as it represents a space for smoking, which cannot be done indoors. A good example of a restaurant with a great terrace bar is La Cocina de San Antón, which also gives you an excellent night view of Madrid cityscape.

As for clubs, there are so many of them, that it is difficult to choose. The large clubs, such as el Goa, el Pacha , el Macumba and el Fabrik are constantly active when it comes to nightlife, but there are more modern clubs that are becoming important in the spectrum of Madrid’s nightlife, such as el Charada club. We must also say that not everything in the nightlife of Madrid is related to bars and clubs. A good night walk in the Retiro Park and by the Manzanares River , followed by a night in tapas or a movie night, in a cinema such as el Cine Ideal, are excellent ideas. It is always a perfect culmination to a night in Madrid and to end it with chocolate churros, also called Spanish doughnuts.

A Visit to the Madrid National Library

No doubt there are many opportunities when you visit the Spanish capital after you have chosen a rental apartment Madrid. Your visit can be a gastronomic tour, a shopping tour, you can visit the museums … the city offers many options. One of these is to visit the National Library, which is located in a wonderful neoclassical building on one side of the Plaza de Colón. The library shares its premises with the National Museum of Archaeology.

Just visiting the building and learning about its history is enough to make the walk spectacular, but there is more to this library than architecture. The library was founded in 1712 by King Felipe V, being at that time the “Palace Public Library”. Shortly after that, the legislation was issued so that a hard copy of every book published in Spain had to be sent to this library. It was in 1836 when the name of the library had been changed to the current name.

We mentioned how beautiful the architecture of this complex is. From the front you can admire three arches and carved metal door. Outside the building you can also find very representative sculptural works, such as those of Alfonso X and San Isadora, or sculptures made ​​by Agustín Querol, representing the triumph of science and the arts. The stair itself is a favorite spot for tourists to take pictures. And even though you can find other works of art to admire within the premises of the library, what distinguishes current work the most is the pursuit and protection of the printed history of Spain.

The rooms that comprise the National Library are:

1. The General Hall: with monographs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, catalogs and directories.
2. The Cervantes Hall: with antique originals. This room is a true delight for all book lovers.
3. The Barbieri Hall: the music room, as you can find music sheets, recordings and audiovisual resources.
4. The Goya Hall: all visual materials are here.
5. Press and Magazines Hall: with all the magazines, newspapers, official gazettes and online resources about Spain, as well as the international publications.

Whether you are a book lover and you can spend hours observing the impressive premises of this institution, or if you just stop long enough to admire the beauty of the building in which the library and the most important of its historical heritage is kept, a visit to the National Library is one of the memorable details of your visit to Madrid, being an example of the wide variety of activities that can populate the time you decided to spend in this amazing city.

Original Ideas to Take Advantage of Your Holiday Rental Apartments in Madrid

There are many ways in which you can explore Madrid. Definitely a great start is to choose holiday apartments in Madrid. Comfortable facilities and a terrace will allow you to enjoy the city, both at dawn and at dusk. But what is the best way to enjoy during your visit as much as possible in this city? There are as many answers to this question as there are many people who live or who have visited Madrid. Here we will present one way that perhaps is not the most conventional one, but it definitely is a great way to get the most out of your stay in holiday apartments in Madrid.

The invitation today is to visit the facilities of the “Slaughterhouse”. This place, which was, as the name implies, a trail or a space dedicated to killing animals for meat consumption, has become a cultural beacon of art in this city, which never falls behind in terms of art.

Although we can still “feel” the blood in the room, the walls are now covered with graffiti, and the whole construction of neo-moorish style is rejuvenated with the idea of becoming a modern and innovative cultural complex. The history of this building is wide and changing. It went from a slaughterhouse to become an abandoned building, home for people living in the street, and it eventually became standard of contemporary art, theater, cinema and generally a breeding ground for high artistic level, which does not stay behind other European sites in the same category. Its various galleries and old warehouses are now dedicated to various arts areas: painting, sculpture, music, theater … which is why currently Slaughterhouse has become a cultural laboratory where it is experimented with new forms of artistic funding.

An interesting fact about this place is that there are theaters within this public space and exhibition spaces for concerts featuring works and art performances, more conventional art works, and even works during the holiday seasons, works created for children, to involve the young ones and develop a taste for art.

In Slaughterhouse facilities there are also companies, foundations and private institutions involved in the sponsorship and funding of artworks developed and presented in these facilities. We also find (as you cannot miss in Madrid) a food court and a bar where, of course, there are tapas as well.

One last great thing you do not want to miss in this place is undoubtedly the Reader’s House, a huge public library where events related to books or topics are organized. Yes, you can spend an unusual and fantastic day there, after which you can head out to explore the cosmopolitan city of Madrid all over again. You will feel very fortunate to have chosen a holiday trip, focusing yourself on the wonders that this city has prepared for you.

A Different Stay in Madrid

If you are in a situation to experience one of these amazing short stays in apartments in Madrid, there are a number of activities that can make your visit special and different. Therefore, we suggest you some different and original, but certainly fabulous things that this city has to offer.

Would you like to enjoy in flamenco? For starters, flamenco is perceived as a form of colorful and cheerful singing and dancing. In fact, it originated from Andalusian Gypsies, which was expressed through their performance. If what you want is to see and enjoy in authentic flamenco, go to a bar. You will find a lot of these bars in Madrid. Prepare yourself to stay awake until midnight, when you go out to enjoy in a flamenco show in which performers and dancers reflect the passion, power and grace that are contagious. There are purists when it comes to the “true” flamenco, but even for the most demanding tastes there are good places in Madrid, we recommend Casa Patas or the Coral de la Pacheca, but in reality, there are many tablaos in which you can learn and enjoy flamenco in Madrid.

If what you want is to enjoy contemporary art and creation, we suggest you to visit Matadero Madrid. This building, originally a neo-Moorish building, was the center of trade of the city. It has now become a place of contemporary creation, and some of its facilities are la Casa del Lector, la Central del Diseño, una Cineteca, una Nave de Música, las Naves del Español and the ship called Intermediae. The billboard remains diverse and attractive throughout the year. You should not limit your visit only to the traditional museums, as you should take into consideration this interesting proposal.

And if you are looking for gastronomic delight, we suggest you to try out traditional mantecados. The mantecado is a type of pastry or a typically Spanish bun. There are several cafes and bakeries in Madrid that offer them as their specialty. Enjoy the mantecados with cinnamon, almond, lemon or chocolate.

Finally, we suggest you to visit a place that is not the most common among tourists visiting Madrid, which is a shame. You should spend a day (or even a weekend) in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Its structured corridors will delight you with well-tended gardens, which will make you forget you are in a big, cosmopolitan city.

These are just some of the different alternatives available during your short stay in apartments in Madrid, a city that invites you to explore not only the traditional, but the new, the delicious, the exotic and the monumental. Indulge yourself and your family in visiting the city in relaxation and exploring different options offered by this city.

How to Find Your Way Around Madrid: Public Transport

Madrid is an ideal place to spend a few days there to have some rest or to have fun, depending on what you consider a relaxing and enjoyable activity. After we have already found a Madrid apartment for the weekend, it is time to go out and explore all that the city has to offer… but how? Well, today we will recommend using public transportation. If you are going to get to know the city, do as the locals do and take advantage of the fact that Madrid has one of the best public transportation in the world.

Why do we say this? The price is not expensive, the service is quite good and the network covers both the city and all of the suburbs. Therefore, taking buses, the metro and trains is highly recommended if you want to go from one place to another, within the city, as well in the districts in the periphery. If we compare the price with other European cities, we can see it is pretty good, and the frequency of the departures is acceptable.

Among these transports, undoubtedly the most widely used is the metro. Altogether there are twelve metro lines, to which we must add those of light rail. You can get to virtually any point of the city using the metro, and it is quite fast. The only downside of the metro is you often have to change lines as there is no direct line to a certain part of the city. Therefore, you will have to walk and go up and down, but in reality, it is not a significant obstacle.

On the other hand, the bus network also represents a good option, giving you the benefit of contemplating the city when travelling. Routes, schedules and frequency can be found online, so you can plan your tours to make your stay in Madrid even more pleasant. A tourist map shows the bus stops located near the most famous tourist sites of the city, which can really be helpful when planning how we will spend our time while we stay in the Spanish capital.

Image taken from the EMT Madrid page: http://www.emtmadrid.es/Home/Destacados/Plano-turistico.aspx

Finally, we have the network of trains, which undoubtedly represent the best alternative to nearby areas, especially when it comes to the areas outside the city. Trains can be taken at various metro stations and you will connect quickly with different community districts.

The Cercanías Renfe company gives very detailed information regarding schedules and destinations that will helps us if we decide to spend some time in the areas near the city.

Finally, it is a highly recommended option (for both economic and practical reasons) to purchase a subscription for the tourist transport for the time you are going to spend in the city.

Madrid Markets Guide

Let’s say that you have already decided to spend a pleasant weekend in Madrid. You have already found a good apartment in this city, and you are ready to visit all the cultural and tourist sites depending on the time you have available to spend in the city.

A more than pleasant option, when it comes to both learning about the city and non-traditional shopping stroll, is going on a tour of the markets located in Madrid. What is a market? It is an alternative way to the commercial activity that has become very popular in large cities:  it is a different and much more enriching experience than visiting a supermarket. Besides being popular, markets are also very traditional. The community of Madrid is known for having a lot of markets: 186 in total scattered over 136 municipalities in the region. And this city is noteworthy, since the municipality of Madrid has 26 markets which are located in 15 different districts, most of them are opened more than once a week. Therefore, any day of the week that you want to take a chance and go to a flea market, surely you will find one close to you when you are in Madrid.

What products can be found in the markets? Foods, mainly fruits and vegetables, clothing and footwear, crafts, toys, spare parts, and perfumes. Basically, you can find almost anything. By buying in this type of shops, we help the major sector of the community.

Now, what are these markets and on which day of the week can you find them opened?

Madrid Center Markets:

- Tuesdays and Saturdays at P. Campillo del Mundo

- Sundays (the most traditional and the most prestigious market of the city) El Rastro in the Calle Rivera de Curtidores

Barajas Markets:

- Saturdays in the Ayerbe Street

Hortaleza Markets:

- Tuesdays in the Alcorisa Street

- Sundays in La Uva (Street station)

Carabanchel Markets:

- Thursdays at Via Lusitana

- Mondays in the Gorrión Street and another one in Camino de las Cruces

Latin Markets:

-Saturdays in the Rafael Finat Street

Fuencarral – El Pardo Markets:

- Wednesdays in the Santa Ana Street and in the San Cugat Street

- On Fridays in El Pardo

Moncloa – Aravaca Markets:

- Thursday in the San Restituto Street

Villaverde (four!) Markets:

- Thursday in the City of los Ángeles and another one in San Cristóbal de los Ángeles

- Saturdays at Villaverde Alto

- Sundays in the Colonia Marconi

Puente de Vallecas Markets:

- Sundays in the Ronda del Sur Street

- Mondays in the Aragon Street

- Thursdays in the Fontarrón Street

Villa de Vallecas Markets:

- Tuesdays in the Sierra Gorda Street

San Blas Markets:

- Tuesdays in the Arcos del Jalón Street

Tetuan Markets:

- Sundays in the Marqués de Vienna Street

Vicálvaro Markets:

- Thursdays in the San Cipriano Street

And finally… Usera Markets:

- Saturdays in the Orcasur Avenue