An opportunity to stay in a luxury downtown hotel situated in the centre of Spain’s historical capital, this luxury five star Secret Hotel offers bicycle rental, beauty and massage treatments and various excursions for guests to get the most out of their stay in the city. The property also features an extensive array of business facilities, including translation services and an executive lounge. Families are equally at home, with babysitting services, a children’s menu and cots and high chairs available on request. Guest rooms come with balconies, coffee and tea making facilities and cable television, and should you need anything extra during your stay, do not hesitate to ask the friendly staff.
The Prado is one of the most visited art galleries in the world, with a prestigious art collection of European works spanning between the 12th and 19th centuries. Originally, the museum housed the Spanish Royal collection, of predominantly paintings and sculpture, but today everyone can enjoy the priceless works inside, as well as an influx of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Perhaps the most famous work in the collection is Las Meninas by Velazquez, although there are also a large number of works by Goya which attract people from all over the globe.
Ham and vermouth are synonymous with Madrid, and both can be enjoyed in a variety of tapas bars. Vermouth is best enjoyed with tapas, so head to Bodegas Ricla of La Taberna de Corps where you can enjoy tasty dishes such as patatas bravas and squid all washed down with the tasty red tipple. Pork is most definitely the nations favourite meat, and most dishes will include it in the variety of ham. Head to one of the Ham Museum branches where you’ll dine on slithers of the melt in your mouth ham under dangling ham legs suspended from the ceiling. Another gastronomy favourite is the montecado, a light coloured cookie made with lots of fat, almonds and aniseed. For the best in town, head to the Covento de las Carboneras where nuns make them by hand.
For some fresh air, the Retiro Park is a beautiful urban space of tranquility, where you can wander through 350 acres adorned with sculptures, galleries and even a lake. It’s at the latter that you’ll find puppet shows to entertain the little ones and fortune tellers for the mystic among us.
We hope you have a lovely time in the fascinating city of Madrid!