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Top Experiences for Visitors with Flights to Madrid
Museo del Prado
If you’re a fan of art, don’t miss the chance to visit Museo del Prado when you have flights to Madrid. The Prado is one of the most important art museums in the world, for its collections of European art through the Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary periods. Unsurprisingly, the museum has a particular focus on Spanish artists. Throughout the Prado, visitors with cheap flights to Madrid admire works from Goya, Bosch, El Greco, Velázquez, and more.
The Royal Palace of Madrid has been a centrepiece of the city since 1735. The land now occupied by the palace was once home to an Álcazar fortress dating back to the 9th century. The Royal Palace is now the official residence of the Spanish royal family, and with 3,418 rooms, it’s the largest royal palace in Europe. If you visit the palace when you have return flights to Madrid, you’ll see the Throne Room, private apartments of former King Carlos III, and the State Dining Room. When you have airfare to Madrid, plan your visit to the Royal Palace on a Wednesday or Saturday morning to view the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Mercado San Miguel
Mercado San Miguel has been a thriving food market for more than 100 years. Take a stroll through the market to feast on Spanish fare and take in the local culture when you have return flights to Madrid. Market vendors sell produce including Iberian ham, fresh shellfish, and cheese from Spain’s Basque country. Visitors with cheap flights to Madrid can also order meals from about 30 vendors specialising in Spanish cuisine - look out for stalls selling Spanish omelettes, churros, and fried calamari.
Cafes and Restaurants
Los Montes de Galicia
Los Montes de Galicia serves authentic dishes from the Galicia region in northwestern Spain. The restaurant first opened in 1997 and is widely regarded as one of the top restaurants in Madrid for Galician food. The kitchen at Los Montes create beautifully plated dishes, and a meal here with cheap flights to Madrid is your opportunity to savour items such as Galician octopus with paprika, codfish doughnuts, wagyu morcilla, and Iberian pork with pineapple.
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant is well-known among locals for its welcoming atmosphere and modern take on traditional dishes. As well as covering Spanish tastes, the menu also includes specialties from South America and other Medierranean countries. Some of the things you might order when you have tickets to Madrid include Argentinian baked pies, mushroom risotto, and homemade tagliatelle with truffle. There are only eight tables at Ástor, so make a reservation in advance to guarantee you don’t miss out.
Taberna el Sur
One dining experience you mustn’t miss out on while in Spain is tapas. Luckily, it is easy to find tapas - bite-sized morsels usually served with drinks - in most restaurants Spain-wide. To tuck into tapas in Madrid, head to Taberna el Sur. The offerings here are made from ingredients bought fresh from the market each day, and the nature of tapas means that visitors should embrace ordering many of these small dishes - prawns, squid and patatas bravas. There is also paella and larger plates for those feeling slightly more peckish. Do like the locals do and accompany your tapas with a Spanish beer or a glass of sangria when you have return flights to Madrid.
Motteau offers a taste of Paris in the heart of Madrid. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to check out this French cafe after your flights to Madrid. Motteau serves up coffee and tea alongside some of the best pastries in Madrid. Some treats to try at Motteau include lemon meringue tarts, salted caramel tarts, almond croissants and the carrot cake.
Public Transport and How to Get Around after Flights to Madrid
When you book tickets to Madrid, you’ll have no trouble exploring the city by public transport. The primary mode of transportation is the city’s metro; it has 12 different lines. The metro is available all throughout the city centre and stretches into the outer suburbs of Madrid. The metro is also accessible from the city’s international airport. From Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD), you can catch metro line 8 toward the city. Along the way, you’ll have several opportunities to change metro lines to get exactly where you need to go. Visitors with airfare to Madrid can also travel around the city by bus. Madrid has more than 200 bus lines that offer service to every corner of the city.
In order to pay for the metro or bus after your flights to Madrid, you could purchase tickets individually or in groups of ten. A single ticket varies between €1.50 (about $2.60 NZD) and €2 (about $3.50 NZD), depending on how far you travel. A group of ten metro tickets costs €12.20 (about $21.15 NZD).