Cheap flights to Madrid
Europe's third largest city may not have a beach like Barcelona, but if you come on a city break to Madrid sunbathing is the last thing that'll be on your mind. Spain's capital is one bursting with culture and activities for tourists at every turn, with museums, art galleries and night after night of sexy flamenco.
Madrid's tourism board will proudly inform you that the city has more bars per square metre than anywhere else in Europe. When it comes to appearances Madrid is hard to beat too, having retained much of its historic and regal flair seen in its wide boulevards, elegant fountains and royal parks. And for those of you who are bad with your bearings, don't worry, despite the size of this metropolis, Madrid's centre is surprisingly small. It has one of Europe's best metros too.
Get high in Madrid on the Teleférico de Madrid, an extraordinary 2.5km cable car trip over the Casa de Campo and Parque del Oeste. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Palacio Real, Río Manzanares, and Madrid's skyline. Return tickets cost €4.20 (€3.30 concessions). teleferico.com
Experience the much-loved art of flamenco in the intimate Tablao Las Carboneras, lavishly decorated with historic flamenco memorabilia. Enjoy the show with dinner, selecting from a wide range of menus focusing on traditional Spanish dishes with a distinctively modern and innovative flair (1 Calle del Conde de Miranda, +91 542 8677).
Rent a bike for the day and head down to Madrid Rio, Madrid's lush green park that winds its way along the Manzanares River. Look out for the many kiosks offering cold drinks and snacks (esmadrid.com/madridrio).
Catch a train at Atocha Station and in just 40 minutes you can be in Aranjuez. There's an impressive 17th-century palace, formal gardens and bubbling fountains to enjoy. Take a picnic to eat by the river.