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Amusement Parks in Madrid: Fun for the Whole Family

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There are so many ways to have fun. And as you get older, your life habits changes, and so does the way you travel. What is unique about amusement parks is that they are a great way to have fun, regardless of your age and your interests. People love spending time in amusement parks. The number of activities and their diversity ensures you have a great time regardless of how old you are. So, if you are traveling with your family, this is probably the place for all of you to spend a fantastic day in Madrid.

Here are some of the most popular amusement parks in Madrid, what they have to offer and when you can visit them.

 

Parque de Atracciones

Perhaps the most famous amusement park in Madrid, Parque de Atracciones is a wonderful day to spend a day in Madrid with your family. From extreme to family-friendly activities, with so many attractions, cartoon-inspired sets, and shows, you are bound to have fun. The only thing you need is to choose what you want to see and plan your visit accordingly. Park attractions are divided into several groups:

Extreme – If you are up for a more demanding and exciting adventure, with spectacular rollercoasters and the thrill of height, you will love activities such as La Lanzadera, Vertigo, Tifón, etc. Obviously, these activities are not for small kids.

Exciting - This group of activities consists of exciting rides. Unlike the previous group where height has a major role in the whole excitement thing, this group is all about rides. Los Fiordos, Los Rápidos, are some of the water rides that are an ideal group activity.

Family – These activities are for the entire family and include a variety of things to do in the park, starting from Tiovivo, the carousel, to Zeppelin ride, and even a theme trip by boat, La Jungla.

Nickelodeon Land – Finally, no trip with the kiddos is complete unless they get to meet their favorite cartoon characters. These rides are designed for kids and inspired by the activities and settings of the popular children shows, such as Dora the Explorer, street ride with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc. Nickelodeon Express is the train taking you through the entire journey of exploring the world of cartoons.

Here is some useful information about the park that will help you with planning:

  • Location: Casa de Campo s/n, 28011 Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: If you use public transport, you should take bus lines 33 or 65 to get to the park. If metro is your choice, then you will need to take line 10.
  • Opening times: During winter, the park is usually open on weekends form 12 pm to 7 pm. Also, some attractions may be closed during the winter time. This is why it is best to consult their online schedule when planning the visit. The schedule shows the activities for the upcoming 60 days. You can also buy the tickets online.

 

Parque Warner Madrid

Inspired by Hollywood, Parque Warner brings the most popular cartoon characters and exciting attractions in the vicinity of Madrid. Attractions are divided into three groups:

Mild – Cinema torus, Scooby-Doo adventure, carousels, and many others are attraction suitable for younger children as well. These are the activities in which the entire family can enjoy.

Moderate – If you are up for more excitement, activities such as haunted hotel, Yogui and Bubu bear park, Gotham City, waterfalls, and many other activities can be a perfect choice. Other characters you can see her include Tom and Jerry, and family roller coaster with Coyote and Road Runner.

Intense – No amusement park is complete without rides and roller coasters which combine the excitement of speed and height. Revenge of ENIGMA is the highest attraction in Europe. Then there is the Coaster Express, the longest and the tallest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Batman and Superman rides, along with Stunt Fall, are all the rides that will take your breath away.

This amusement park also has wonderful theme areas, inspired by Hollywood and movie world. You will be able to visit Hollywood Boulevard, Super Heroes World, Old West Territory, Cartoon Village, and Movie World Studios.

When planning your visit, here are helpful things to have in mind:

  • Location: Highway A-4, exit 22, 28330 San Martín de la Vega, Madrid
  • Opening times: The park is usually open on weekends and during the public holidays when most people have days off work. It opens at 11:30 while the closing time differs based on the season and time of the year. The best way to plan the time and dates is to check the online schedule which is updated regularly.

 

Micropolix

Here is an amusement park that combines leisure and educational activities. It includes an indoor space which represents a city where children can have fun and learn at the same time. It is made to replicate a real city enabling the kids to explore the area. They can also take part by performing activities and trying out different occupations. Besides learning about city life, children also get to learn about teamwork and cooperation through activities with other children. Having in mind that it is an indoor city, it is perfect to visit it regardless of the time of the year.

Activities in Micropolix are divided into groups based on the child’s age and some of those include:

MicroTV – If your child would like to try working as a TV host, a cameraman or in an audiovisual team of a TV station, here is the perfect activity to try.

Fire tower – A lot of kids love playing with fire trucks, but only the guests of Micropolix will have the chance to actually try out how it looks like to be a fireman, to learn how to use safety equipment and work in a team.

Aviation school – Giving your kids an opportunity to try to fly a plane is definitely going to be an exciting adventure for them. The roles they can play within this activity include being a pilot, co-pilot, flight attendant, and passenger.

Road network – The best way to learn is through playing. The road network allows children to learn about traffic and how driving exam looks like. There is an area for them to drive a mini car, pay attention to traffic lights and signs.

Dance Academy – If your child loves dancing, here is a dance school for them to show off their talent. They take up the role of dancers and get to try different dance styles.

Other activities include dubbing study, theatre, glass recycling, town hall, microcircuit, cruise, supermarket, newspapers, hospital, bank, etc. All the kids have a dream of what they want to be when they grow up, so this could be an excellent opportunity to allow them to try these jobs.

Parents can also take part in some of the activities, including quadventure, magic close-up, dance exhibitions, or they can enjoy the tour of the city.

Here are the things to consider when planning to visit Micropolix:

  • Location: Calle Salvador de Madariaga, S/N, 28702 San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid
  • How to get there: When using public transport, take the metro line 10, or buses line 152 C, 103, 161, 166, 171, 181, 185.
  • Opening hours: Weekends and Fridays are usually reserved for the general public, and anyone can visit the venue during the opening times. The rest of the week is usually reserved for pre-booked visits. When you determine your dates for visit, check the online schedule to confirm the hours, as sometimes the venue is open the entire day, and sometimes only for a particular part of the day.

 

Diversion en la Granja

While not as big as the other amusement parks mentioned here, it is also worth to mention Diversion en la Granja, as an excellent outdoor park for kids and entire families. The attractions include a mining train, mini formula, mini express, flying puppies, Noria, and Children’s farm.

  • Location: Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
  • Opening hours: Changeable during the year so it is best to check the website before planning the visit.

 

Madrid SnowZone

If you want 365 days of snow, and you enjoy winter activities, check out Madrid’s SnowZone. It is an indoor venue where you can snowboard, ski, go sleighing, and enjoy the winter wonderland any day of the year. The main track is 250 meters long and 55 meters wide. There is a ski lift, lower slopes as well as tracks for those who are still learning. You can even try the world’s largest indoor zip-line with a track 200 meters long with an approximate speed of 50 km/h. All of these make this amusement park a very exciting place to visit with lots of exciting activities to do.

  • Location: Autovía de Extremadura (A-5) salidas 22 y 25. Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú, Calle del Puerto de Navacerrada, s/n, 28939 Arroyomolinos, Madrid
  • How to get there: Bus lines 528, 534 and 539 from Madrid (Príncipe Pío Station) take you to the Centro Comercial Madrid Xanadú.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open every day of the year from 10 am (9 am on weekends) and until 10 pm (11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays). If you are interested in taking lessons at the School of Madrid SnowZone, or if you are interested in activities such as glacier mini golf and zip-line, have in mind that those activities may have a different schedule and may not be open the entire time during which the actual venue is open. Always make sure you check the schedule of the activities on the official website.

 

Parque de Europa

Replicas of famous landmarks create a unique scenery of this park. You can visit all of the most important European landmarks from the London Bridge to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Monuments in the park include The Eiffel Tower, Fontana di Trevi, Little Mermaid, the Plaza de España, Puerta del Alcalá, Brandenburg Gate, etc.

The park also offers numerous activities, which are especially perfect for families and groups of people. Boat rides in the park, boats for children, zip-lining, archery, horse riding, children train, ice rink, and bike riding are some of the activities you can find in the park.

  • Location: Calle Cañada, s/n, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
  • Getting there: The circular bus line of Torrejón de Ardoz L1 stops at the roundabout at the entrance to the park.
  • Opening hours: The venue is open from 9 am during the year and the closing time differs based on the time of the year. This is why it is advisable to check the schedule on the website before planning the visit.

Regardless of which theme park you choose to visit, you will certainly enjoy your time in Madrid spend in any of these locations.

 

 

Madrid: A City to Enjoy Music and Art

If you are planning a trip around Europe, Madrid will probably one of your destinations. Regardless of the type of travel, whether you are using trains or you travel by plane, whether you stay in an apartment in Madrid or choose other alternatives, deciding to visit this city is certainly going to be the right decision. You will get to experience music and art that are built on centuries-old heritage, contributors of which are well-known geniuses such as Picasso, Goya, Dali, Cervantes, and many others.

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What is so special about Madrid?

The history of Madrid starts with the establishment of the Royal Court in 1561. After the consolidation of the country, Madrid became the royal capital. During the centuries, Madrid had been influenced by many cultures (especially Arab) and, as the capital, was the main point of new ideas, movements, and rebellions. Nowadays, Madrid has become the capital of culture and art thanks to its immense offer of museums, concerts and other cultural events.

Art in Madrid

For anyone interested in exploring art, Madrid is the place to be. It offers so many opportunities for art tours and cultural visits, that it is unlikely you will find such a valuable exhibit of culture anywhere in the world.

When it comes to art, Madrid is the right place to get to know some of the most popular museums in the world (lately, even more, popular than Louvre in Paris). One reason more to explore the history and evolution of art in Madrid is the fact that the three main and most popular museums are located in this city:  Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Museo Reina Sofía form a triangle of art, called the Golden Triangle of Art.  In a kilometer long walk, one can see the world’s greatest pieces of art made by Picasso, Goya, Velazquez, Dali… There is no similar place in the world where you can find more masterpieces in such a small space.

•    Museo del Prado

The collection of the Prado Museum comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures. One can start the visit in the 11th century, then see the masterpieces from the Spanish Golden Age: Ribera, Zurbarán, and Murillo. Later on, the most important paintings of Velázquez are exhibited: Las Meninas and The Seamstresses. From the 19th century, there is Goya’s gallery with the tapestry he created and a room of the 19th-century art displaying works by Federico and Raimundo Madrazo and Sorolla.

Apart from the Spanish painters, the Prado Museum offers Italian art from the 14th century – Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, Mantegna’s The Death of the Virgin and Antonello da Messina’s The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel and Raphael’s virgins from the 15th century. There are also works of Flemish school due to political ties of Spanish monarchy and Flanders. Some of the Flemish artists represented in the museum are: Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, and Watteau.

•    The Reina Sofía National Art Museum

The Reina Sofia National Museum is a museum of the 20th-century art and it is primarily dedicated to Spanish art. It has a library specialized in the art with more than 100 000 books, over 3500 sound recordings and almost 1000 videos.  There are around 4 000 paintings, more than 1400 sculptures, almost 3000 cartoons, more than 100 decorative pieces and architecture. The museum reflects innovative artistic tendencies and contemporary art. Here you can find some of the masterpieces of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism.  The contemporary Spanish art is divided into three collections:

  • ‘The Irruption of the 20th Century. Utopia and Conflict (1900-1945)’
  • ‘Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968)’
  • ‘From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982)’

The most famous piece in the museum is Guernica, one of Picasso’s well-known paintings. Exhibited by the Republican Government at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, this mural depicts the pain suffered by the victims of the bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica on 27 April, 1937.

•    The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum, once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection and includes Impressionists, Expressionists, European and American paintings from the second half of the 20th century. Its collection of paintings counts more than 1,600 paintings.  It represents the connection between classic works of Prado Museum and the contemporary art of The Reina Sofía National Art Museum.  The Museum is a private collection of Thyssen Bornemisza family which they collected for more than two generations.  The most important art representatives and movements from the period between the 18th and the 20th century are shown in its interior. Some of the most famous are the works of Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Klee o Kandinsky and many others.

 

Art in Madrid beyond the Golden Triangle of art

Although this part of the city is the most popular among the travelers and the Golden Triangle certainly gets the most attention in the travel guides, there are many other galleries and house museums to explore in Madrid. Some of them are:

  • Cervantes House Museum – The childhood home of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is now a house museum dedicated to this  Spanish writer. It recreates the customs, traditions, and everyday life in the 16th and 17th centuries. The museum dedicated to the author of Don Quixote also houses an important bibliographic collection with editions of Cervantes’ work from different periods and in different languages. There is also a consolidated programme of activities such as workshops for children and teenagers, conferences, plays, and musical shows.
  • Navy Museum – a museum of the Ministry of Defense where you can see objects from the war and find out more about the military history of Spain.
  • The National Archaeological Museum of Madrid is the place where you can see archaeological findings from Prehistory to the 19th century, especially from the Iberian Peninsula, distributed over three floors.

 

Flamenco, opera, jazz…? The choice is yours!

The variety of music that you can listen to in Madrid makes this city a very interesting and popular place for people all around the world. Read more about the exciting history of some music movements and different concerts and music events Madrid has to offer. After that, the choice is yours!

The chotis – typical music from Madrid

The curious fact about this type of music is that its origin is – Scottish! It was named after the German Schottisch. The chotis was popular during the 19th century in the working-class barrios of Lavapiés and La Latina. The chotis was danced for the first time in 1850 at the Royal Palace. This dance was so successful and became so fashionable in the capital that the citizens of Madrid decided to make it their own. Of course, they added some authentic and popular air, giving rise to the chotis as we know it today.

Jazz music

A type of music you can hear almost everywhere in Madrid – both in bars and clubs. Besides listening to the music in the background everywhere you go, you can also watch the legendary and amateur performers of jazz. Even if you are not a big fan of jazz, you will definitely fall in love with this music once you hear it in Madrid. The best place to explore the jazz scene is the street Las Huertas, where you can find some of the most popular bars in Madrid and listen to both jazz and blues. As the street is full of people day and night, it is absolutely sure that you will enjoy it!

Opera Music in Madrid

The most representative type of opera, unique to Spain is zarzuela. It origins from the 17th century and comprises of musical acts dealing with social realities of that time.  It is full of costumes, The best place to visit and experience the zarzuela is Teatro de la Zarzuela. Some of the most popular Spanish operettas were performed here.  It is now owned by the Ministry of culture, and throughout the history, many events were organized here since its inauguration in 1856. Another respectful and important opera house is The Teatro Real. It is considered to be the top institution in the country in the music and performing arts field. It is led by the King and Queen of Spain. The most talented stage directors, singers, and conductors from around the world have performed here. The program usually combines contemporary and classical lyrical opus in order to satisfy the taste of different audiences with different interests and ages.

Flamenco Music in Madrid

Flamenco is a form of music and dance typical for Spain. It has roots in Andalusia where it was created in the 17th century. Madrid nowadays is practically a synonym for flamenco. The most popular place where flamenco is presented every day except Sunday is café Chinitas. It is also an inevitable part of some festivals organized in Madrid.  You can also visit the following bars and enjoy this traditional and well-preserved dance and music:

  • Corral de la Morería - Flamenco shows begin in 1956 and it is the oldest and most reputable flamenco bar in Madrid. It is included in the book “1,000 places you must see before you die”, the bestseller of the New York Times.
  • Casa Patas – Another great place to enjoy flamenco right in the center of Madrid. To attend the show, you buy a ticket which also includes dinner, and the prices start at €60.
  • Torres Bermejas - Here is another bar with a decades-long reputation to attract the best of Spanish flamenco performers.
  • Tablao Cardamomo – If you stay in apartment Madrid, you will be quite near Cardamomo, one of the biggest venues where you can watch flamenco and marvelous performers from all over the country.
  • Café de Chinitas – Another centrally located flamenco bar, this time near Gran Via street. You can watch impressive performances every day except on Sunday and enjoy the food served during the shows.

The main characteristics of flamenco are spontaneous moves, the freedom, and passion. It is a unique blend of the Andalusian music and dance, also influenced by the gypsy ethnic group. Dance, palmas, zapateos, and cante are all the component of flamenco, a dance which has spread all over the world and made something quite distinguishable in the Spanish culture.

Discover modern music in Madrid

If you prefer modern music, visit some of the following popular music festivals in Madrid:

  • Universal Music Festival (July)
  • Noches del Botánico  (June/July)
  • Dcode (September)

Madrid has a lot to offer when it comes to music, art, and culture in general.  Its museums have been rated as best in Europe, the festivals and concerts are attracting more people every year, and the cultural offer is rich and diverse. We can say that it becomes not only the capital of Spain but also a capital of European culture. Its diversity and mix of tradition and cultures stand in favor of this fact.

Is Madrid Apartment Right Choice for You?

When traveling to Madrid, you will have a lot of options regarding finding accommodation. Different types of accommodation, as well as various locations around the city, are available. For travelers, especially for those who are traveling to the city for the first time, it might be overwhelming to think about choosing the perfect accommodation. This is why it is worth exploring all your options and understanding the benefits a particular accommodation.

 

Madrid apartments as accommodation type

Among all of these diverse accommodation type, there is one that has been gaining popularity over the years. It is renting apartments. This accommodation is perfect for a lot of travelers, regardless if they are visiting for a few days or a few months. The motives for the visit can also vary. Some might be traveling during the winter holidays, while others might be visiting the city on business. Some might be traveling solo, while others are accompanied by their family members or friends.

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Apartment building in Madrid

The number of travelers who choose apartments is increasing each year, due to numerous perks this accommodation type provides. One of the main perks is the flexibility. Every traveler can find a Madrid apartment that will suit the nature and the length of the visit.

What most travelers might be wondering about is whether this type of accommodation is the right choice for them. Is there a way to know if Madrid apartment is the right choice for you?

We have been working in this industry for years now, and we have helped thousands of tourists find their comfortable accommodation in the Spanish capital. This is why we want to share tips to help you make this decision and see if an apartment in Madrid is the right choice for you.

 

Long-term stay in Madrid

One of the main reasons that will affect your decision regarding accommodation is the length of stay. Travelers whose stay in Madrid is long-term should always look for an apartment to rent, rather than any other type of accommodation, especially a hotel. This decision is based on the fact that renting an apartment per month is more cost-efficient than staying in a hotel, for example, and renting a hotel room per night. Even if the period is low-season and hotels offer better rates than usual, apartments still turn out to be a better choice in terms of monthly costs. During a long-term stay, this is a factor that will have lots of importance for a traveler.

 

Business visit

In case your visit to Madrid is related to business, an apartment would be a perfect choice, especially an apartment in the center of Madrid. The first reason is convenience. Most of the business offices and other event venues are in the center of Madrid. As an important commercial center of the region, the city welcomes lots of business professionals from many different industries during the year. And a large percentage of those will spend their time in the venues scattered around the central area. This is why renting an apartment close by is such a convenience.

Furthermore, visiting a city on business is much more different than when traveling for pleasure. During a business visit, you will probably have a specific itinerary and a list of things to do, meetings to attend, etc. It is so rewarding to have a comfortable apartment to stay in after your busy day is over. It feels homier and it is more spacious than a hotel room, and it generally helps you feel more pleasant and relaxed.

Therefore, if you have any doubts about renting an apartment, this is an option you should really explore. Business travelers whose visit is a long-term one have even more reasons to choose this type of accommodation out of all the others.

 

Traveling with friends

Traveling with friends is an incredible opportunity to unwind together and bond. You will be spending so much time together. You will be sharing a fantastic experience of traveling, meeting new cultures and experiencing life around the globe.

When you travel with a friend, sharing an apartment can be quite comfortable and yet affordable option. It is also a great choice if you want to bond even more, as you will get to share more time together than when staying in separate hotel rooms. Holiday apartments are just like any apartment rentals, so you can find a flexible solution that suits your travel group. For example, an apartment with one (or more) bedroom, a living room, and a kitchen is an excellent choice.

 

Traveling with kids

When it comes to families traveling with kids, renting an apartment is definitely an option one should dwell upon. As much as it is exciting to travel with kids and watch them as they experience things for the first time, this can quickly become too stressful. Children also have their routine and traveling alone can disrupt it. This is why it is helpful to have an accommodation solution that is flexible for the entire family.

For example, the kids usually go to bed earlier than their parents. If you were to stay in a hotel room, this could be impossible to organize. When in an apartment, kids can go to bed earlier, and parents can stay up late if they want to because they will have a separate room in the apartment. This is also very convenient when you have a baby or children with a significant age difference, so they do not go to bed at the same time.

It is also worth mentioning additional space you get in an apartment, which is usually not the case with hotels. This means more space for kids to play around when inside. All of these are the reasons to check out apartments when traveling. When you explore what each accommodation provider has to offer, you will soon realize that Madrid apartment is going to be the right choice.

 

Wanting to prepare food on your own

This argument absolutely favors apartments as the best type of travel accommodation. Hotels, and similar travel accommodations, do not provide conditions for preparing food on your own. This results in two issues for travelers. First, there is an additional cost. Most hotels offer a restaurant, but the food here can be so overpriced. Secondly, there is usually a limited number of meals you can get here. In case you follow a special diet plan, or have extremely picky kids, this could be a big issue for you.

When you rent an apartment, it is very likely that you will have a kitchen with all the utensils ready for you to use it. Before you rent an apartment, make sure the kitchen is fully-equipped. This means that you will have everything waiting for you, except for food. Luckily, there are plenty of food stores and supermarkets in the city, especially in the center.

This option gives you so much flexibility. Regardless if you are on a diet because you are trying to lose weight, or if you are a vegan, or perhaps even allergic to gluten, having the option to cook for yourself is a great plus when on holiday. It also tends to be cheaper to cook by yourself than to eat out. If you are on a long-term visit, or if you want (or need) to stay on the budget, there will be even more reasons to have this option for preparing food on your own.

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 Kitchen in a Madrid apartment

Great selection of apartments

After you have gone through all the reasons and situations that affect the decision of whether to rent an apartment in Madrid or not, it is worth mentioning one final thing. You already know that Madrid is a popular destination among tourists. The city is proud of its historical heritage and has worked on building this reputation as a must-see travel destination. This means that the city is extremely tourist-friendly. One of the things that affect this status is an excellent selection of apartments to rent in Madrid.

When you start browsing the offer online, you will soon be faced with lots and lots of different apartment rentals. If you know that the apartment is the perfect choice for you, try to define what your ideal apartment should look like. How many rooms should it have? Is it going to be in the center of the city, or would you prefer a specific district? What is your budget?

All of these will provide you an idea of what kind of apartment you are looking for. Use them as criteria to sort the apartment offer and explore only those apartments that would be perfect for your stay in Madrid.

Here are a few examples to help you understand how this process of making a decision should look like:

If you want a small apartment, ready to accommodate up to 2 people, this could be one of your choices. A Smaller apartment means a lower price, which is perfect when you try to stay on a budget.

Families or groups of people traveling together would need a bigger apartment, such as this one. A great asset included in all of these apartments is the completely furnished kitchen.

For a more luxurious stay, you could look for an apartment with a terrace. This example is a perfect choice for a big family or even two families because it can accommodate up to 6 people.

The best thing about choosing accommodation for your travel is the flexibility to choose the perfect accommodation for you. With the extensive offer and lots of places around the city, the choice is quite vast. As you start exploring the reasons for choosing apartment rentals over any other type of accommodation, you will soon realize that this type of accommodation can satisfy most travelers, regardless their situation. The main reason for this is such flexibility and diversity of Madrid apartments.

The Benefits of Staying in an Apartment near the Plaza Mayor

Travelers love Madrid as a destination that merges historical landmarks, cultural heritage, and excitement of urban life. Regardless when they visit or how long their visit was, it is a memorable place, one you will never forget. Since each travel is unique and everyone experiences the city in their own way, memories of Madrid can also be quite distinctive. Some remember it as a city full of lovely people. Some remember tapas and delicious wine, while others will never forget the city streets and architectural masterpieces typical for the historic center. One of those memorable places is the Plaza Mayor, the central city square.

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The square Plaza Mayor in Madrid

When organizing a trip, you will have a lot of things to think about. Selecting and booking accommodation is one of those travel-related tasks you will have to take care of. There are a lot of places you can stay in the city during your visit, but choosing an apartment near the Plaza Mayor has a lot of benefits. Here are some to have in mind:

 

The Plaza Mayor is in the city center

The city center is one of the most important destinations for the tourists, regardless the city or country they visit. The same happens with Madrid. When you travel to Madrid, it is only natural to be impatient to see all those remarkable landmarks and places you could see in the photos of the city. You will instantly reach out for a city map and choose your favorite destinations. As you do so, you will soon realize that most of those landmarks and places you will visit are in the center of the city, including the Plaza Mayor.

The Plaza Mayor, as it names suggests (in English the Main Square), is one of the most important squares in Madrid. Even when it was originally built in the 17th century, the square was intended to be the central city square. It changed the name several times through centuries. It was rebuilt and under reconstruction numerous times. However, it has kept its importance in the hearts of the locals and remained one of the most popular landmarks in the city, one you, as a tourist, will probably visit during your stay in Madrid.

The walk around Madrid might take you on the exploration of different places and sceneries, but you will most definitely spend some time in the center of Madrid. This will be a chance to take a moment and enjoy the atmosphere on the square. It is a remarkable place, so make sure you have some time to spend walking around the square.

 

Apartments near the Plaza Mayor are convenient

When choosing accommodation for your travel to Madrid, you have a lot of choices. Starting from different types of accommodation to various locations around the city, the options are countless. Being a popular tourist destination means that the city has an extensive offer of facilities to accommodate such a large number of travelers. However, what really distinguishes apartments near the Plaza Mayor from all others is the fact that they are very convenient. Here is why.

This location is perfectly connected to the airport, bus and train station. This means that arriving at the city for the first time does not have to be a nightmare. You will be able to manage everything quite quickly and easily if you find accommodation in the center of the city. Both arriving and leaving will be so much easier to organize when you stay in the center than in other neighborhoods in Madrid. You will probably need only one type of transport. This makes things so much easier for you, especially when you travel with a lot of luggage or if you are traveling with kids.

Another perk of the central location is that it offers specialized taxi service to the airport, thus connecting the center of the city and allowing the travelers to get there comfortably.

Also, staying in such a location is very convenient during your stay. You can easily organize sightseeing and walks around the city when you are staying near the Plaza Mayor.

As a traveler, you should care a lot about these conveniences. Traveling is such a fantastic opportunity where you get to explore different cultures and landscapes. Therefore, you want to focus all your efforts on doing just that. You want travel accommodation to be convenient, and something you can easily take care off. You do not want to waste too much time looking or risking choosing accommodation that is too far away or does not meet your requirements.

 

Saving time is so important during a travel

At the moment when you are planning your trip to Madrid, time might not be a big deal. You might not want to think about it too much, especially when you are focused on organizing everything and making sure everything goes well. However, as soon as you arrive to the city you will soon realize that time is very important. In fact, you are most likely to run out of time so quickly, that you will probably not be able to manage to visit all of the places you originally intended.

Travelers who do not care much about the location of the accommodation can make a huge mistake when booking. While you are looking at a map of the city, things might seem close, but when you get to the city and when you actually have to get from the point A to the point B, things can get tough. The two places might not be well connected, so you might need to change lines or even types of transportation. In either case, you will most definitely have to walk a certain part of the route. All of this can take up much of your time. Even worse, it may get you tired, and your plan to explore the city might have to be cut short, so you can have a nap or go to bed early.

Hence, the option to stay in the center, for example near the Plaza Mayor, is a wise decision to make to avoid wasting any time and investing it all into having the best time during your visit.

 

Charming place in the center of the city

Besides a lot of benefits and the fact that staying in an apartment near the Plaza Mayor is very convenient, there is another reason why you should consider this location. There is something unique about the square. With its entrances on each side, this rectangular-shaped square joins many different roads in the city. Historically, it has been an important place in the city life, so it is only natural to see this square leveraging its strategic location to this day.

It is the place where you can meet friends, take a nice walk, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee. Its charming atmosphere brings the best it has to offer to light, and it becomes a place every tourist will love and return to.

Madrid is enjoyed most from the ground, exploring your way through its narrow streets that always lead to some intriguing park, market, tapas bar or street performer. Each night we’d leave our hotel to begin a new adventure in Madrid and nine out of 10 times, we’d walk through the Plaza Mayor.

Quote by Emilio Estevez

Immersion into the local atmosphere

There is no universal way to travel, no a unique guide that will show you how to experience each destination. That is the beauty of traveling. You get to visit new and exciting places and experience them in a way that is completely adjusted to you. This will affect the places you will choose to visit, the photos you are going to take, etc.

Still, immersion is a very inspiring and stimulating way to spend your travel. It is an effort to blend into local life and soak up the atmosphere. One of the ways to experience that is by staying near the Plaza Mayor. Just imagine. You wake up in the morning in your Madrid apartment, open your window, and the first thing you see is an impressive landscape of the city. As you sit down on your terrace to drink your coffee, you get to watch as people walk by, chatting in their distinctive Spanish accent and go about their day. During that time you get to plan yet another adventure around the city, by choosing the places in Madrid, you will visit that day. Most probably you will get to enjoy all of that while the weather outside is nice and sunny. After all, Madrid is famous for having a lot of sunny days throughout the year.

This sounds like a perfect way to blend into the life of the locals. As you wake up in a new city, try to immerse into the local life to truly experience the life in the city and a piece of the local atmosphere.

The bottom line is that planning a holiday is exciting and tiring at the same time. Even though you are thrilled to see new places and start a new travel adventure, there is always that issue of finding accommodation that lingers. You might have doubts about the type of accommodation, about the location, the price, etc. It might be challenging for you to make a decision, but you should always have in mind that central location have lots of benefits for travelers, which is why we strongly recommend staying in an apartment near the Plaza Mayor.

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Renting Holiday Apartment in Madrid

Millions of travelers visit Madrid each year. They all have different stories and different ways they experience the capital city of Spain. Some like to party, some like to explore cultural sights, while other are simply there on business and unable to do much of the sightseeing. Travelers are all unique, and this is what differentiates them in organizing the travel and experiencing the new environments. Even those who will spend days sightseeing still have completely different visions of what they are going to visit. However, what all of them have in common is the fact that they need accommodation while staying in Madrid.

There are numerous types of accommodations you can find when traveling. The tourism industry has developed tremendously over the past few decades, so the offer of different kinds of accommodations has been on the rise. Since we specialize in renting holiday apartments in Madrid, we want to focus on this type of accommodation in particular. We want to show you how it works, how you can find apartments and why you should choose this type of accommodation in the first place.

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Holiday apartment is a great choice of travel accommodation when staying in Madrid

 

What is a holiday apartment?

Well, the term holiday apartment is pretty descriptive. It is an apartment you rent on holiday. Holiday apartments are sometimes also called serviced apartments. This is because they are fully equipped and ready for the guests to use them once they arrive. They provide full service, and they have everything you would need in an actual apartment, which means you do not have to bring anything from home.

The number of appliances can vary from one apartment provider to another. There is no universal rule of what you can find in a holiday apartment which is why it is always best to check about the services offered before booking an apartment. When it comes to Apartamentos Madrid, the services our apartments include are the following:

  • Kitchen (microwave, fridge, vitro-ceramic/gas kitchen, kitchen utensils, coffee pot)
  • Washing machine
  • Hair drier
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Heating
  • Air-conditioner
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi high-speed internet connection in all the area
  • Reception 24 hours on call

As you can see, what you get in a holiday apartment is everything you need for a comfortable stay in Madrid. All that is left to do is to pack your suitcase, bring the travel documents and come up with a few ideas about interesting places to visit in Madrid. Thinking about the accommodation too much is no way to enjoy your holiday, so the best solution is to book apartments with a provider that has a great reputation. You can easily check these things online, as travelers usually share the reviews of the places they have visited, which also includes holiday apartments.

Benefits of an apartment in Madrid

If you have never stayed in a holiday apartment, and if you have not had the chance of exploring this as an option when traveling, we would like to highlight some benefits of our apartments in Madrid.

  • Modernly equipped apartments with lot of natural light make an enjoyable setting for you and your travel companions
  • Lots of different apartment types and sizes to choose from so the apartments are a perfect choice for different kinds of travelers (solo travelers, couples, families, group of friends, etc.)
  • Fully equipped kitchen to cook in the apartment which is ideal when you do not want to eat out
  • Convenient location in the center of the city so you can easily reach the accommodation from the airport and be near all the interesting places to visit in the city
  • Online booking enables travelers from all over the world to book our apartments
  • High-speed internet for travelers who need to work or would like to use the internet on daily basis
  • Reception available at any moment to help you with any questions or doubts you might have

These are all the conditions that should be met for your comfortable stay. You might notice that different types of accommodation do not offer all of these perks, which is yet another reason to seriously consider an apartment as an accommodation type for your next holiday. Consider these benefits as one of the factors that will help you make a decision when exploring accommodation options for your next trip to Madrid.

How to find a holiday apartment in Madrid?

Just as much the internet has changed the way we look for information every day, it has also changed the tourism industry and the way people travel. Today, you can organize the travel pretty much yourself. You do not need services of a travel agency because everything you need is available online. So the answer to the question on how to find a holiday apartment in Madrid is the internet.

Use the search engine such as Google, and type in the relevant terms that will show you holiday apartments. You can always narrow down the search using more concrete terms. Therefore, instead of “holiday apartments Madrid”, you could search “holiday apartments in the center of Madrid”. This will narrow down the search to only those apartment located in the city center. If this is where you want to stay during your visit, it is very helpful to be specific about that. Other criteria such as the number of rooms, services, and price can also help you narrow down the search in the same way. The goal with this is to focus only on those results that are relevant to you and reduce time spent browsing the accommodations you are not interested in.

When it comes to our own offer of apartments, we suggest you check out the Gallery menu. This is where you will find the images showing the interior of each apartment. The pictures and the description of each property will help you a lot when making a decision as you can exactly determine which apartment you are interested in, which apartment you like and which one would be perfect for your holiday in Madrid.

In general, we have divided our apartments into five groups:

  • Superior apartment with terrace
  • Superior apartment
  • Standard Plus apartment
  • Standard apartment
  • Studio

When you proceed to check availability and book the actual apartment on our site, you will choose one of these groups based on the number of travelers and based on your budget. We always suggest you use Gallery page as a reference when it comes to the apartment interior to make sure you choose the apartment you will be perfectly happy with.

When to rent a holiday apartment in Madrid?

Sometimes it is simply impossible to book in too much advance, and you are forced to organize a trip on short notice. However, when it comes to booking a holiday apartment in Madrid, the sooner you can do it the better. This is especially important for holidays and weekends because these are the busiest time. During these periods, most travelers will choose to visit the city, which means sometimes you need to be super fast to make sure you book the perfect apartment for the exact dates that you can travel.

Since you will probably be using the internet the make the reservation, you can actually do it at any moment you see fit. It can be any time of day or night. You will need to provide necessary information and have a credit card that will be used to either pay in advance or for paying the non-refundable part of the apartment rent.

What you need for renting an apartment?

To be able to rent an apartment in Madrid, you will need:

  • To know the exact dates of the travel – Have in mind that Madrid is popular destination, and you have to know the exact dates when you can travel so that you can book those dates in advance.
  • To choose the type of apartment – Like said, there are plenty of types of apartments in Madrid available for travelers, but there is a huge difference between a studio or superior apartment. Not only does the price significantly differ, but the number of travelers is also a very important aspect to have in mind. If you are traveling solo, there is absolutely no reason even to consider superior apartments. Instead, look for smaller holiday apartments.
  • Credit card for online payments – To be able to book an apartment, you will need a valid credit card to complete the online payment.

What happens next?

Once you are all done with decision-making, once your apartment is all booked, you can be confident that you will have accommodation when you arrive in Madrid. All that is left to do is start preparing for the trip, packing everything you might need during your stay.

Having explained what holiday apartments are and what you need to know if you choose this type of accommodation for your travel to Madrid, we would like to share some extra tips for all travelers out there planning a trip to the Spanish capital.

To help you get to know the city and enjoy your stay in Madrid, we regularly publish lots of helpful articles for travelers. In particular, we have a couple of guides with plenty of useful tips and advice on how to spend the holiday in Madrid, what to see, what to do. In addition, we also share suggestions on how to get from the airport to the city, which is something every traveler should know before arriving.

Hopefully, this will also be of great assistance, especially for the first-time travelers. Traveling to a city as big as Madrid can sometimes be daunting, but if you know that your holiday apartment in Madrid is waiting for you and if you know how to get to that apartment easily, you are in luck. This can be the most difficult part, but once you are in the city, you will easily find exciting ways to spend your holiday in Madrid.

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Benefits of Renting an Apartment in the Center of Madrid

Traveling to Madrid offers plenty of opportunities. There are lots of places to visit, beautiful, historic landmarks that are internationally famous. Numerous cafes, restaurants, and shops are also there, especially in the central area. Finally, there are many ways to find accommodation in Madrid.

Finding an apartment to stay in during a travel is never easy. It is a process that requires a lot of time and effort because you want to explore all the options that are available to you and find the best one. The best one refers to the apartment that combines everything that you need. This includes great comfort, great location, and great price. Sometimes, you will find an apartment that meets only two of these criteria. For example, you might find a very comfortable apartment at an affordable price, but it is located far away from the city center. Although you are often left with no choice than to compromise, location is a very important aspect of finding an accommodation when traveling.

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Benefits of apartments in the center of Madrid

There are numerous benefits of choosing apartments in the center of Madrid when staying in the city, and we will highlight the most important ones.

Reachable

All travelers first go to the accommodation once they reach their destination. It is important for them to leave their luggage and to freshen up after the journey. Sometimes, a short nap might be a good way to prepare yourself for the sightseeing. This routine is something most travelers have in common, regardless the location they travel to. As a result, it is crucial to find accommodation that is reachable.

What does this mean? Well, you need to easily reach the accommodation once you arrive at the city. Having a direct bus or even a shuttle service is a great way to reach the accommodation of your choice.

When it comes to Madrid, there is a specialized bus line that operates all day long, 24/7, from the airport to the city center. There are hardly any stops and the final destination is the center of the city. This is a more affordable option, and the one most travelers choose. Of course, there is always an option of hiring a taxi, but this kind of transport is more expensive.

Either way, when you find an apartment in the center of the city, you will be able to easily reach it once you get to the city. There are no switching buses, waiting for the right stop to leave the bus, or looking for the location on a map, with the luggage in one hand. As much as it is exciting to travel, it can take its toll, and the last thing you want to do once you arrive at the city is to explore the map and look for the quickest way to reach your destination, especially if you arrive at night. This is why apartments in the center are a perfect choice. You will be able to reach them easily, and then get ready for an exciting adventure around the city.

Flexible

Apartments offer a much more diverse type of stay than hotels for example. There are so many different options travelers can choose from. For example, having or not having a terrace, having two or three bedrooms, etc. When finding an apartment to rent online, you will probably be provided with the photos of the apartment. This offers an even better view into the apartment interior. Besides the general description, you actually get to see the actual apartment. This helps you decide whether this is something you would like and whether this solution would be good for your travel.

Another reason, we will have to group under the flexibility, is the option to cook while you are traveling. Hotels do not have this option available and this might be a problem for travelers who are on a special diet plan or those who travel with kids. In situations like these, it is very helpful to have a fully serviced apartment. This way, even when you are traveling, you get to keep up with some of your habits, such as a special diet plan.

Therefore, renting apartment does take precedence over any other type of accommodation in terms of flexibility. It allows you to adjust your stay to a home-like situation and make the adaptation process as seamless as possible. This is particularly important when we talk about a long-term stay. When it comes to a short-term stay, travelers are much more willing to compromise, and they are not as strict with the requirements, unlike those who are planning a long-term stay. Actually, it is even more important for long-term travelers to consider flexibility a quality they need from an accommodation, which is why it is worth considering Madrid central apartments.

Comfortable

Most people think about the apartment interior when they see the word comfortable. While this is the great part of comfort, there is so much more to the meaning. The location is also one of the comforts you can and should enjoy. This is why we highlight comfort as one of the benefits of renting an apartment in the center of Madrid.

When you stay in the city center, it is like being in a privileged location. You are staying near the points of interest, as most places, you will visit during your stay are in fact located in the city center. This includes everything from cafes where you will have a morning coffee, to shops you will explore. Everything is so close to you, usually within walking distance. Another benefit we can see here is no need to use public transport. There is no need for you to learn how public transport in Madrid works because chances are you will hardly ever use it if you stay in the center of the city.

This kind of comfort is important for both short-term and long-term stay. In the case of a short-term stay, you know that the time you will be spending in Madrid is limited, and you want to put it to a good use. You want to make sure you are not wasting any moment, and that you are enjoying every second of your visit. This obviously means that you want to be near all the landmarks and places you would visit anyway, enabling you to visit as many places as possible. On the other hand, when we talk about a long-term stay, location is again an important part of the decision-making. You know you will be spending a certain period in the city, and you will probably be visiting a certain point of interest, for example, an office. Staying in the city center enables you to reach any nearby destination on foot, but it is also very convenient when traveling to other districts because the center is where all metro lines meet. This means that the central area is a centralized hub, a place from which you can find a direct line to other locations in the city.

Affordable

Just because you are interested in staying in the city center, it does not mean that the holiday will be expensive. There are many options to find affordable apartments in the city center. All you have to do is to start with the search, explore all of your requirements and use the price to sort through the apartments. You will see that you can find a lot of options that will be within your budget. It is even more so when traveling with a group because renting a large apartment will usually be much cheaper than renting a hotel room for each and every one of group members.

It is also worth knowing that there are special deals and offers, which means that you can find special discounts for renting an apartment. Longer stays or a stay during a particular period of the year may be cheaper than a regular apartment price, but to make sure you do not miss those deals, make sure you subscribe to a newsletter of the apartment provider or send an inquiry about the dates you are interested in. As a general rule, the time around the holidays such as Christmas, Easter, etc. is the busiest, meaning you will rarely find discounts during that time. Sometimes there are discounts when you book well in advance, but again, to be sure you keep up with those, you will have to do an extensive research and follow the updates online.

You cannot go wrong

Finally, another benefit you should definitely consider is the fact that you cannot go much wrong when renting an apartment in the center of Madrid. It is a perfect location, a flexible and yet comfortable solution for any type of stay. This means that this choice of the central apartment will make a selection much easier for you. There is no need to learn about districts in Madrid and explore the neighborhoods to discover those that are best suitable. Instead, simply concentrate your search on apartments in the center of Madrid, and you can be sure that this location would be perfect for your travel. This is especially important for the first-time visitors, who might be facing a true challenge as they will have a problem using location as criteria when browsing through the apartment listings. In this case, focusing on central area is simply a safer choice, especially when you consider these benefits.

Like most travelers, you will face a challenge of finding accommodation when traveling, but when you think about these suggestions, you can surely determine that an apartment in the center of Madrid is a pretty good choice. When you decide that this is something you are looking for, the further selection will be much easier because you will have something specific in mind. Along with other requirements, you will face a much narrower choice of the apartments that meet those, which will make the apartment hunt more efficient. And that should be your goal. Rather than spending lots of time online exploring all sorts of accommodation types, focus on a selected few and then choose the one you like best.

In the end, all that matters is that you can easily reach the apartment and that you feel comfortable during your stay. Chances are you will spend a lot of time outside, especially if you visit during the months when the weather is nice, but coming back to a comfortable apartment at the end of your busy day is such a great satisfaction. It will make your stay more enjoyable, regardless if it is a short-term or a long-term stay. Ultimately, that is all that matters. You want to have a great time in Madrid, and choosing a great place to stay in will certainly help with achieving that goal.

 

Rent Apartments for Events in Madrid This Spring

Even though the winter is not over yet, some of you must already be preparing for a spring trip. As soon as there are a couple of sunny days and the temperature goes up, we are all ready for a walk outside to embrace the beautiful days we have been missing during winter.

When it comes to visiting Madrid, spring might just be the perfect time to visit it. The tourist season is only starting out, so it will be less crowded. This means more Madrid apartment to rent opportunities and less time waiting to get a table for dinner in a Madrid restaurant. Also, this means that the weather is not too hot. Since you will probably spend a lot of time sightseeing, these weather conditions are ideal.

All you need to do is to choose the exact dates, book your trip, find the apartment in Madrid to stay in and select one of these events in Madrid this spring.

Madrid Carnival 2017

Each year, Madrid welcomes spring with eagerness and the Carnival that announces the arrival of spring. The Carnival features many festivities around the city, with the District of San Blas – Canillejas being the center of all the events this year. The program of the Carnival offers something for everyone which is why it is a perfect event for families.

There will be dance and theater performances for people of all ages, workshops for kids and adults, competitions, performances, and lots of music. The Carnival Parade offers a unique cultural experience that brings together visual and audio elements of traditional Madrid spirit and modern artistic performance. The festival is packed with cultural events that nurture the traditional and artistic legacy, but the event is also keeping up the pace with modern trends. Besides concerts, mask workshops and dance with the orchestra and traditional Spanish dance and music, you can also find makeup workshops, as well as an event devoted to popular cartoons, from Mikey Mouse to Peppa Pig, and the songs that are part of those cartoons children love so much.

Location: District of San Blas – Canillejas

Dates: 24th of February to 1st of March, 2017

More information: http://www.madridcultura.es/carnaval

 

Easter in Madrid

Easter is important in Spain as it commemorates the death of Jesus Christ and his salvation. Many churches and basilicas around the city organize religious concerts and other programs. Typical Easter dishes are served in restaurants and cake shops, with a number of processions taking place on the streets of Madrid, starting from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The atmosphere is further improved by lots of music and other performances, as the city also hosts several cultural events on different locations in the city, usually on the main city squares, with Paseo del Prado, Calle de Alcalá and Plaza Mayor being the most common locations.

Among all the processions, the Cristo de la Fe y el Perdón and Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud processions are the two most important ones. However, the most popular processions are those near the Easter, particularly those taking place on Thursday and Good Friday. Most of these events are free and anyone can attend, so if you decide to spend this year’s Easter in Madrid, you will see a lot of events devoted to this holiday on the city streets.

Location: Various venues

Dates: From 9th of April to 16th of April, 2017

More information: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/easter-in-madrid

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Plaza Mayor in Madrid is one of the venues where Easter is celebrated in Madrid

FestiMad

Here’s a big music festival which is definitely worth visiting if you are in the city in April. The festival celebrates its 21st edition this year, with thousands of visitors expected to attend concerts that are part of this festival. Internationally famous performers, as well as artists from many European countries, are expected to perform, but the entire list of the performers and the program for the upcoming festival will be available soon. The website is updated with each new confirmation, so this would be the best way to keep up with the program and to know what you can expect from the festival this year. What is safe to say is that there will be performances of different music styles and genres, so everyone can find something interesting to enjoy on this music festival.

Location: Various venues

Dates: From 19th of April to 7th of May, 2017

More information: http://festimad.es/

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Marathon Series

Organized with the idea to make running fun, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series brings more and more athletes together each year. It started in 1998, but the popularity of the festival grew tremendously, as the marathon creates such a unique experience combining health and fitness expo with some of the biggest names in rock ’n’ roll music. Whether you decide to participate in 10k marathon, half marathon or marathon, or whether you decide to support the runners as you stand aside, you’ll have so much fun in the event. And if you are a tourist, you will see how local events like these bring people together, even in the city as big as Madrid. You will feel that sense of community and bond among people who are there for a nice cause. Each year runners and other participants of the marathon help raise millions of dollars for charities.

Location: Pavillion 12 IFEMA

Dates: From 21st of April to 23rd of April, 2017

More information: http://www.runrocknroll.com/

 

Mutua Madrid Open

For all those tennis lovers out there, visiting Madrid is a great opportunity to enjoy one of the ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. This event brings all the famous players together, both male and female, to compete in sunny Madrid. The competition is taking place on clay courts, and it is usually held in the beginning of May when the weather is quite nice for watching the matches outside. Although the tennis matches are the central point of the event, it really is a great place for all sports lovers, as many sports brands have their stands and organize all sorts of actives for the visitors, which often include contests, games, sometimes even concerts.

This year’s tournament will be marked by a slogan “Tennis is Madrid” with the idea to promote the sport everywhere around the city in the first months of 2017. The event starts with the Madrid Tie Break Tens, a charity event that will be held on the 4th of May where 16 tennis players (8 ATP players and 8 WTA players) will compete and $100,000 from the award will be donated to the charities chosen by the winners.

Location: Caja Mágica

Dates: From 5th of May to 14th of May, 2017

More information: http://www.madrid-open.com/en/

 

San Isidro Festival in Madrid

One of the biggest events in Madrid each May is certainly a festival organized in honor of Madrid’s patron saint. The festival has been a part of a tradition for a long time, which is why it has a special place in the hearts of the locals. The official celebration day is the 15th of May, but since the festival expands over several days, the celebration and activities related to it start a couple of days before. It is an impressive cultural event, where tradition is combined with modernism. Numerous activities include dancing performances, kids’ activities, storytelling, theater performances as well as concerts presenting different music styles and genres. Bullfighting is also a part of the festivities organized in celebration of San Isidro. The festival is hosted on several venues around the city, mainly including local squares and parks with La Pradera de San Isidro being the central location.

Location: Paseo Ermita del Santo 74,

Dates: To be confirmed

More information: http://www.sanisidromadrid.com/en/

 

Madrid Book Fair (Feria del Libro)

Nothing marks the beginning of another spring/summer season like a trip to the local park. And if you are going to stay in Madrid late in May and in the first half of June, you need to stop by the Retiro Park where the annual 76th Madrid Book Fair will take place. Each spring, the park is lined with stalls for two weeks. Numerous booksellers bring out some of the well-known literature classics as well as some latest releases. Other activities include book signings, interesting workshops and other book-related activities all in the purpose of promoting the importance and the value of literature. Usually, there are fireworks in the evening. This makes the book fair one of the events to attend when visiting the city, if not for the books, then for the atmosphere it creates.

Location: The Retiro Park

Dates: From 26th of May to 11th of June, 2017

More information: http://www.ferialibromadrid.com/

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The Retiro Park welcomes booksellers in the purpose of celebrating literature

Flamenco Madrid 2017

This is the third edition of the Madrid Flamenco Festival. The aim is to raise awareness of flamenco as a form of traditional dance and artistic expression. The most talented artists will be performing during the festival, with lots of flamenco music and dance that will charm the visitors, especially those coming from abroad. This artistic style is typical of Spain, and it brings together the tradition with elements of modernity. Besides shows, the event also includes conferences, exhibitions devoted to flamenco and courses. The entire program, day-by-day, is available on the website, as well as the information about the admission fees which differ for different concerts.

Location: Plaza Colón, 428001

Dates: From 17th of May to 11th of June, 2017

More information: http://teatrofernangomez.esmadrid.com/espectaculo/1122/flamenco-madrid-2017

 

With so many interesting events, there is no way you will feel bored in Madrid. As the city welcomes nicer weather, everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy numerous activities and festive atmosphere. Since most of these are organized on various venues in the center of the city, when you are a tourist, it is helpful to find an apartment in the center of Madrid. This way, it will be much more convenient for you to attend the events that interest you the most. When in-between sightseeing, stop by one of these events, and enjoy the local friendly atmosphere in one of the most exciting cities in Europe.

Private Holiday Apartments Madrid

There are so many different ways to travel. Some people love to travel with a group of friends, some people prefer going solo. Some enjoy traveling during the summer as the weather is very nice, while others prefer winter time, as it’s less crowded.

The type of accommodation is also something that differentiate travelers. While there are those who still prefer hotels, the increasing number of travelers is choosing private holiday apartments as the accommodation of their choice when traveling. Since this has become a popular practice when traveling, we will explore some of the benefits of this type of holiday accommodation, and we will also share some tips related to finding private apartments in Madrid.

Benefits of holiday apartments

The apartment renting is a growing trend of the tourism industry, because it provides so many benefits for travelers. Due to the fact that this trend has been adopted by many travelers, the industry responded, with so many diverse apartment opportunities available on the market. This makes traveling so much more fun. The main benefits of holiday apartments you should consider include:

·         Traveling in a group is more convenient

Apartment renting is mainly popular with people traveling in a group. Regardless if those are friends traveling together, a family with children, colleges spending holiday together, etc. In all of these cases, apartments are much convenient solution for staying in Madrid. You will see that, as opposed to hotels, you’ll have amazing time sharing the apartment with your travel companions. You will have so much more time to spend together and have fun. Even after you are tired of sightseeing and exploring Madrid, you could still spend time together, as you will have a living room to share in the apartment. You could also have meals together without the need to go out, which is also a great benefit.

Just imagine the alternative. How would you feel when each of you has to go to a separate room in a hotel? This is especially inconvenient for families with kids, as kids are used to being together with both parents and with their siblings. For a family, staying in an apartment during the holiday is very practical and convenient.

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Superior Apartment with a terrace n⁰ 52

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·         Flexible way of temporary staying

Flexibility is one of the most important benefits of private holiday apartments. The travelers set off on a journey with different reasons and goals in mind. Each journey is distinct and each traveler has its own preferences when it comes to traveling. However, what they all have in common is the fact that they value flexibility.

Once you travel abroad, you have to adapt to many different things. Starting from the new climate to the new food. You also have to adapt to temporary living situation. This can be quite different from what you are used to, but it is something you need to accept if you want to enjoy traveling. What makes things easier to deal with is certainly an apartment of your own. It might not be painted into the color you love, it might not be completely decorated in your style, but it is a place you can call home, even for a little while. It has everything you would have at home, including the kitchen stocked with appliances that you might or might not need.

The comfort of having more living space and conditions that resemble those at your home is something that hotels have not been able to replicate. People simply feel much better in a homey apartment that in a small hotel room. This comfort is especially important for those on a journey longer than a week. You might not have much trouble adapting to any living arrangement for a couple of days, but the longer the stay is, the longer is the need to feel more at home. The best way to have this is to rent an apartment during your holiday.

Another benefit that we would have to enlist under the flexibility is the fact that you can prepare food in the rented apartment. It is perfectly fine to want to go out and enjoy having dinner in a restaurant in Madrid, but is this something you want to be doing for every meal? Sometimes, you just want to lay back and enjoy a quiet evening in. You are on holiday, after all. In order to spend a night in, you will need some basic supplies you can easily find a local supermarket. You already have a kitchen ready for you. This is especially convenient for parents traveling with children, as well as for those on a special diet plan. Being able to cook allows you to keep up with the schedule of food intake. It also tends to get a bit cheaper to eat at home than to eat out.

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·         Cost management

We all know that traveling can get costly. As much as you want to plan ahead, and predict and limit the costs, there is always some unexpected purchase or unforeseen expense that will burden your budget even more. It is also wise to limit the travel costs as this enables you to travel more. Most people would prefer having several budget-friendly holidays per years, instead of one luxurious holiday. Renting apartments in Madrid enables just that.

When you rent the apartment you have the exact costs of the rental per night per person. The more people shares the apartment, the more affordable accommodation is. The same applies for the length of the stay. The longer stay can get a bit pricy, and travelers who plan on staying more than a week in the city, usually prefer apartments. In fact, monthly rentals are sometimes more affordable than renting per night. If you plan on having a long holiday in Madrid, this would be one more reason to consider renting an apartment for your stay in the Spanish capital.

Where to find apartments in Madrid?

Choosing a location is not an easy task especially if you are a first-time visitor. Even if you have been in Madrid before, it is likely that you still find it a bit confusing and difficult to choose a specific location. This is because the city is very big and offers so many rental opportunities scattered around the vast city area.

As a general rule, travelers love apartments in the center of Madrid. Staying in the center of the city is more convenient for sightseeing. It is also practical because it provides perfect connection to the airport, bus and train station. When you arrive to the city, the first thing you will do is to find a transportation to take you to your accommodation, regardless if you take a taxi or choose a city bus. Since you will be tired from your trip, it helps you easily get to the accommodation, so when you rent an apartment in the center of the city, you will have no complications of getting there. The same situation is when going back home. You will not have to spend much time going to the airport or the station, as you will have a direct city bus line to take you there from the city center.

Besides arrival and departure, staying in the center of Madrid is also convenient for sightseeing. Most of the landmarks you will be visiting while in Madrid are located in the central area. Like in many European cities, the center of the city is the oldest part of the city, which historically holds great importance. This is the place from which the modern city we know today originated. Naturally, a lot of the old city look was preserved as these remnants of the past hold a special place in the hearth of the locals. They also have great historic significance, which is why they are visited by so many travelers who visit Madrid. When you stay in the center of the city, you will be able to explore these sights on foot. As soon as you are out of the apartment, all you need is a map, and you are ready to start exploring. You will not be walking long before you come across a landmark worth visiting.

How to book private holiday apartments

The process is quite simple. Everything is done online, before your arrival. Even if you have never had the opportunity to book private apartments for a holiday, you’ll see that it’s very simple to do it. It is best if you could rent apartment at least one month or so in advance, in order to make sure you have plenty of choices. If you are planning to visit the city during the holidays such as Christmas or Easter, it is even more important to act on time. Like we have said, the city is a very popular European destination, and the busiest time is in fact during the holidays. Therefore, make sure you plan ahead and book accommodation on time. Here is how the process looks like when you plan to rent an apartment in Madrid.

Start by choosing the dates. When you want to book an apartment, you will need to provide the arrival date, as well as the departure date. You will also provide other specific details, such as type of apartment, number of room, etc. The data you provide this way enable you to refine your search, and find and book the apartment you want.

You will then check availability. If the apartment that matches your criteria is available, you will see the price and other conditions that apply, together with the option to proceed to making a reservation.

During the process of reservation you will have to provide your personal details, including the credit card number which will be used for paying for the accommodation. Have in mind that most accommodation providers will charge a certain percentage of the apartment price when you make reservation. This ensures you have the apartment booked for your arrival.

There is no right or wrong when choosing accommodation. It all comes down to your own preferences and the way you love to travel. The fact is that private holiday apartments in Madrid do provide lots of benefits and can make a journey much more convenient, especially if you have difficult time adjusting to the new environment.

 

How to Rent an Apartment in Madrid

Madrid is one of the most exciting cities in Spain, and as such it is visited by millions of people each year. Visitors from all over the world arrive to visit Spanish capital and to get the glimpse of local tradition and culture.

Having in mind that we have been specializing in apartment renting in Madrid, we have years of experience to helps us providing helpful tips and advice on how to rent an apartment in Madrid, which is why we have decided to compile a list of things to know that will help with apartment hunting in Madrid.

Browse online an apartment in Madrid

Before you even consider booking a flight and buying a ticket, you need to start looking for an apartment in Madrid. Even though it might seem unnecessary to start with apartment hunt first, it usually is, especially during the peak season, which is between May and October, and any time of the year during public holidays. Most people choose particularly this period to visit the city, hence this is the peak season, and if you are one of those wishing to visit the city in that period, make sure you start browsing online well in advance.

Take advantage of websites for booking apartment online, as this way you will be sure that the accommodation is waiting for you, and that you will not end up apartment hunting once you arrive, taking all of your luggage with you as you walk around the city, trying to find a place to rent. The internet is a great tool to use when looking for an apartment, as you can manage everything from the comfort of your own home. This gives you enough time for browsing and selecting accommodation that really suits your needs and your budget.

Research an apartment in Madrid

Start by determining where you want to rent an apartment. Madrid is a huge metropolitan city and it might be overwhelming when you first try to determine the part of the city you want to stay in. Use your computer and take advantage of tools such as Google Maps, and explore the area. Besides amenities that are nearby, focus on how that particular area is connected to the airport. Being a traveler, these two criteria are probably high up on your list of priorities when you look for an apartment to rent.

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Make a checklist

Although nearby amenities and connection to the airport are important, people have many different demands when renting apartments, which is perfectly common and something we are used to at Apartamentos Madrid. However, we do suggest creating a checklist to keep everything and make sure you end up with an apartment that truly fulfills your needs and requirements.

When we talk about checklists and requirements, here are a couple of things that should come to your mind:

  • The size of the apartment
  • The number of rooms
  • Safe in the apartment
  • Air-conditioning
  • Heating
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Hair drier
  • Completely furnished kitchen
  • Table for ironing
  • WiFi
  • Reception
  • Garage (if you are traveling by car)

These are some of the most popular requirements we have highlighted throughout the years of experience in working with travelers from all over the world. However, each travel and every traveler is different, so we always suggest everyone to create their own list of things they want and need to have when renting an apartment. That is the main benefit of serviced apartments in Madrid, you are more flexible when choosing and you have more opportunities when it comes to specific requirements. This is why this type of accommodation is recommended for families with children. Additionally, having a checklist helps with speeding up the process and making sure you spend your vacation in Madrid in an apartment that you will love.

Join online groups

Using the Internet as a resource is a great way to prepare for your trip to Madrid. Besides using it to do the research and explore the city through virtual maps, you could also start learning some basic Spanish phrases, that will turn out to be very useful when strolling around the city. In addition, online groups are very useful source of information related to many different aspects of staying in Madrid. Starting from learning about your rights as a tenant in Madrid, to finding out about the best places to eat in the center of the city, you can find almost everything you need to know before you head to Madrid. Being well-informed is a great plus when traveling in general, especially when it comes to long-term stay in a city such as Madrid. Learning about the city and city life is also helpful when looking for a way to rent an apartment in Madrid, regardless if you are considering short-term or long-term stay in Madrid.

The best way to use the power of the Internet in this purpose is to join online groups on social media, or to join travel forums. You could also check out review websites, to find the best places to visit, the best restaurants and cafes. User reviews and comments are great source of information, as you get to read about someone else’s experience, and learn how things go in real life. People can share their knowledge about the public transport, prices, etc.

If we talk about international travelers, it is helpful to join online groups where you can meet a lot of people from your own country or city. This way you can compare things between the two countries or between the two cultures, which makes traveling so much more interesting and exciting.

Have an open mind

Even though you have your checklist ready and you know exactly what type of apartment you want to rent, you should always have an open mind. While you might have everything planned and figured out, the reality might be different from what you have expected. You might need to compromise and sacrifice certain things and necessities from the apartment, if the location is very convenient to you. On the other hand, you might choose an apartment that is a bit away from the city center, but the interior is just the way you imaged, plus the price works really well for you due to a limited budget.

Regardless the reasons, try to be think realistically and keep an open mind, so that you are able to find the apartment that suits you. Make sure you consult your travel companions as well, as they might have a different say in all of this, and their requirements might not match yours in every single aspect.

Choose a credible renter

There are a lot of renters in Madrid. Some are companies, while some are individuals, but they all want to reach you and many other travelers who are visiting the city. The main goal for all of the renters is to rent their accommodation, but you should have in mind that not all renters are equal. You should not think that you could go for any accommodation and that you can expect your experience to be perfect.

What all respectable renters in Madrid are trying to achieve is reputation. With years of being in this industry, we know how good name is important for travelers when making a decision where to rent an apartment in Madrid. Having positive reviews and good feedback from the travelers in the past has helped us tremendously when reaching out new travelers, and this is why a lot of travelers trust us when it comes to finding great accommodation in Madrid.

This is very important aspect to have in mind, as you want your vacation to goes smoothly, and worrying about the accommodation should not be on the list of your things to do once you arrive to Madrid. Instead, you should take care of everything online, or by calling the accommodation provider via phone, so that you have accommodation waiting for you when you arrive.

Act fast

Although as a traveler, you need to go through this process of making a checklist, doing research and finding credible renter, you should not delay the decision-making process too much. What does this mean? Well, the peak season in Madrid is known to be sort of a rush hour. While there are a lot of accommodation opportunities around the city, as this still is a popular tourist destination, when you find that perfect accommodation you should book it immediately, as chances are you will not find quite the same accommodation again.

Also, due to a large number of tourists in the city during the peak season, the selection of accommodation can be rather limited, especially if you were hoping to book accommodation last minute, and you have not considered booking a couple of weeks in advance. The added stress to this situation might be caused by the fact that you have fixed dates when you have to leave, or if you have already purchased plane tickets for the specific dates. In this case, you will have to be very resourceful and use the power of Internet to explore all of the options that are available. You will probably have to be more flexible and to make compromises when choosing an apartment to rent, as you might not have too many apartments available to choose from.

And once you find that apartment that would be a great fit, contact the owner as soon as possible, in order to make sure no one beats you to it.

Since apartments provide so many benefits for travelers, they are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to selection of types of accommodation, but as you can see there is a certain process one must go through when trying to find and book an apartment in Madrid. What you need to have in mind is the fact that you want to spend your vacation enjoying visiting the city and exploring its landmarks, so make sure you arrange everything related to your accommodation before you arrive. Besides the dates of arrival and departure, this should also include the time for check-in and check-out, as these sometimes can be more flexible to fit your schedule.

Why You Should Rent an Apartment in Madrid?

When you come to stay in a city of Madrid, you get a lot of opportunities to find accommodation. A city so big and diverse offers so many different places to live in, regardless if we talk about the size of the apartment, location, etc.

Needless to say, when you want to look for an apartment, you will have a lot of online resources and booking websites that will help you with both finding and booking the apartment you would like to stay in while you are in Madrid.

Being a part of this industry and working with travelers from all over the world, our team at Apartamentos Madrid knows how renting an apartment is always a great option of travelers. This is why we want to focus on explaining some of the main benefits and reasons why you should rent an apartment in Madrid.

 

Long-term or short-term apartments in Madrid

The first thing to think about when renting an apartment in Madrid is the length of your stay. This is a very important aspect of your travel, as it significantly affects the type of accommodation you will need during your stay.

For short-term stay you will feel more flexible and it will be easier to find a type of accommodation you want. You will be less picky, as you know that you will be in the city for only a couple of days, which means that there is no need to invest too much time into finding an apartment to rent in Madrid. In general, when it comes to short stay, travelers are most likely to spend a lot of time sightseeing and exploring the city, so they do not actually spend much time in the apartment, except to go have some rest and sleep.

Still, having your own apartment even when you are supposed to stay in the city for a couple of days only, is no reason to give up on your daily routine, diet, etc. Living in a serviced apartment will make this all easier to you.

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When it comes to long-term apartments, things are different here. Besides travelers, there are a lot of people who relocate due to a business opportunity, continuing education, attending seminars, etc. All of those who plan to stay in the city for a longer period of time must think about apartments as a perfect way to feel comfortable, even though they might miss home and are having difficulties adjusting to a life in a new city.

Staying in an apartment for a longer period you also get to sort of settle down, despite the fact that you are a newcomer, and you might still know only a few people in the city. And this feeling of settling down, feeling of belonging, is important for people who move home, regardless if the period we talk about is two months or two years. Either way, people have the need to feel like they belong somewhere, as this helps them feel good about themselves, to be happy and fulfilled. In the end, it also helps with overcoming that nostalgic feeling most people have when they leave behind a place where they grew up or people they care about so deeply.

 

Renting an apartment vs. staying in hotel

As a traveler, you must have been in a situation where you would consider between renting an apartment and staying in a hotel. These are both types of accommodation commonly available to travelers, but there are a lot of differences between staying in an apartment and staying in a hotel.

One of the major benefits of renting an apartment, as opposed to staying in a hotel, is comfort. Hotel rooms are usually small and you are confined to a tiny area, where you barely have enough space to place your suitcases, especially if you are not traveling lightly. On the other hand, apartments are available in various different sizes, so you can choose exactly the size of the apartment you would find comfortable. There is no need to be confined to a small space, just because you are traveling. Sacrificing comfort when on vacation is not always the answer, especially if you plan on staying in the city for a week or more.

In a situation like this, it seems pointless to choose smaller space, and limit your comfort, as you know you will need to be able to relax. Holidays are all about having fun and enjoying time you get to spend away from home and away from work, so make sure you feel comfortable when staying in apartment.

Another major difference between these two types of accommodations is particularly related to travelers who plan on staying in the city for a longer period of time. Long-term apartments in Madrid are much more suitable option for finding accommodation than staying in a hotel as the cost of accommodation is significantly lower. Apart from comfort, which we have already mentioned as a great benefit of choosing apartment rentals instead of any other type of accommodation, the cost of an apartment is usually much cheaper when you rent for an extended period of time.

Unlike hotels, where the main characteristic when it comes to payment is paying per night of your stay, apartment owners and agencies usually have different payment options. Those options most commonly depend on the length of the stay.

For example, if you need to stay in an apartment in Madrid for two or three days you will pay per day. In this case, the price of your accommodation can be similar to the one you would pay in a hotel, as you get to pay per night. On the other hand, you might need to stay in the apartment for a month, in which case you would ask for the price of renting that apartment for a month. In this situation, you end up paying much less when you pay for the entire month, than in cases where you would have to pay for thirty separate nights, because a monthly rental is not an option.

The same goes for different periods of time, such as a couple of months or even a year. Paying a monthly rental is much more affordable solution in this case, and it is a solution we recommend to most travelers who are supposed to stay in Madrid for a longer period of time.

 

Traveling with family or friends

Now we come to another situation where you should rent an apartment in Madrid, instead of selecting any other type of accommodation and here is why. Traveling with family and friends is a period where you travel with a group of people, regardless if that is a group of two, three, four, etc.

There are two main reasons why people travel with family (sometimes two families can travel together) and friends. First we have a pleasure of sharing a travel adventure with people you love spending time with. Obviously, in this case, spending a lot of time together, bonding and having fun together is the goal of your travel. The second reason is the fact that people traveling together want to share the travel costs. Travel costs most commonly include cost of accommodation, but they also include a situation where friends could share money for fuel by traveling in one car, instead of all of them buying tickets and traveling separately.

When it comes to accommodation costs, staying in an apartment is a much better solution for people who are traveling together. Instead of renting two or three separate bedrooms, family and friends can all stay in one apartment. Obviously, you will need a two-bedroom or even three-bedroom apartment, so that everyone feels comfortable, but even so, this alternative will turn out to be much cheaper solution that staying in a hotel. Apart from sharing the price of the actual apartment rental, you also get to share food expenses, especially if you choose to cook in the apartment. Staying in and eating at home is usually much affordable than ordering food or eating out.

Additionally, while you stay in an apartment, you will have much more time to spend together, as you can spend a lot of time in the living room, watching TV, playing games, chatting, etc. You could also cook and eat meals together. All of these activities are more difficult to organize in a hotel, especially if you end up being located on different floors.

This aspect of bonding and spending time together is very important when we talk about a family traveling together, especially in cases you are traveling with kids. It might be stressful to travel on its own for some people, but traveling with kids is even greater endeavor. Kids easily get bored, they might hungry, tired, etc. Regardless the reason they can cause you problems when you need to focus on preparing all the documents, carrying your luggage and paying attention to your kids at the same time. In some cases, one room in a hotel might not be enough, so you should always consider renting an apartment in these situations, as you will end up spending much more time together as a family. And when it comes to eating habits of your kids, you are the one who knows them best. As some kids might be fussy eaters, preparing food on your own, in the kitchen of the apartment you rent, might be much more suitable for you when traveling, instead depending on different options such as eating out or eating in a hotel’s kitchen.

In the end, all that matters is that you are having fun during your travel to Madrid, regardless the amount of time you are going to spend in the city, and regardless if you are in the city to work, study or explore its culture. What you need to have in mind is that travel or relocation is a great opportunity to experience something new, to enjoy trying out new things, visiting new places and meeting new people. This is all part of your life, part of your experience which makes you who you are.

Having all of this in mind, we can safely conclude that staying in an apartment has much more benefits, which is why you should rent an apartment in Madrid. Although comfort is the number one benefit, and it is commonly the main reason why travelers choose this type of accommodation, we cannot neglect other benefits such as costs and possibility to stay with family and friends.

Each travel is different and unique in its way, but what all travelers have in common is that they want to find accommodation easily. They also want it to be comfortable and affordable, which all together lead us to believe that apartments are exactly what most travelers are looking for, as only apartment rentals fulfill all of these conditions, thus enabling travelers to enjoy and take the most out of their travel while in the Spanish capital.