Cheap flights to Madrid Spain

Flamboyant art deco, tapas and full-bodied Rioja
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  • 1,700 AUD per person

About Madrid


A single paving stone at the Puerta del Sol marks the centre of Spain. People trample right over it, their attention distracted by the statue of a bear kissing a tree. You might expect a grander landmark, but Madrid doesn’t need to shout. You may admire the flamboyant art-deco architecture of the Gran Via and stop to take in the Goya and Velazquez masterpieces in the Prado Museum, but the best Madrid experiences are the simplest.

The name Madrid comes from the Arabic word ‘magerit’, which means ‘place of many streams’.

Squeeze into one of the tiny tapas bars around the Puerta del Sol, where legs of ham hang from the ceiling. You will have to fight for attention as moustachioed men prop up the bar, debating politics over beer. But one slice of salty, melt-in-the-mouth meat and a glass of full-bodied Rioja will convince you that this is indeed the heart of Spain.

Madrid enjoys more cloudless days than almost any other city in Europe.

How’s the weather in Madrid in November?

  • Temperature 5-14 °C
  • Dry days 20-
  • Average rainfall 58 mm
  • Snow days 0


  • Population 3.2M
  • Local time :
  • Currency Euro

What does Madrid cost?

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  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 16.51 AUD


  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle): 1.26 AUD


  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): 2.25 AUD
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): 4.5 AUD

Sports And Leisure

  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: 57.41 AUD
  • Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend): 17.46 AUD
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat: 13.51 AUD

Clothing And Shoes

  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar): 118.47 AUD
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...): 45.37 AUD
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes: 115.25 AUD
  • 1 Pair of Men's Leather Business Shoes: 143.25 AUD

Great hotels in Madrid

Great places in Madrid

About Madrid

One bit of advice that you should take about Madrid is: Do it late. People go out late, they eat late, they go out drinking late. Don’t even think of going to a nightclub before 1 in the morning. One wonders how anyone holds down a job.

The only city that comes near to Madrid for sheer energy is New York. Madrid, however, is much friendlier. A good night out might start around 9 pm in a bar around the Puerta del Sol. This is the heart of the city. The classic student meal of potatoes with chorizo goes down beautifully with a beer or a ‘copita’ of sherry. You’ll probably find yourself talking with your neighbours and maybe a bit of impromptu flamenco will start. Much later you could head to the super-cool Malasana district made famous by the films of Pedro Almodovar. The spirit of Almodovar infuses the city at night: It’s outrageous, energetic and - most importantly - fun. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing until the sun comes up. Before bedtime, remember to stop in for Churros and chocolate at the Chocolateria San Gines.

The challenge is to resist the urge to spend the next day in bed. You could go bargain-hunting at the flea market, El Rastro, where Almodovar used to work before he became famous. Or visit the Prado with its masterpieces by Goya and Velasquez. Don’t even try to see everything. It’s too vast. Afterwards we recommend you go to the Reina Sofia to see Picasso’s Guernica.

Madrid is also blessed with some of the largest and most beautiful parks of any European city. Try the Parc de Retiro near the Prado where you can hire boats or take a well-earned nap. You’ll need to have some rest anyway because there’s another long action-packed night ahead of you. Madrid is truly the city that never sleeps. Book flights to Madrid and experience it yourself.

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