Book flights to Madrid for world-class art, tasty tapas, Sunday markets and street buzz.
Things to do
In Madrid's Reina Sofia Museum, gaze in awe at Picasso's poignant Guernica painting,a monochrome masterpiece showing his visual statement against the horrors of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Sunday's lively El Rastro flea market in La Latina is a must on a Madrid city break. Go before 2pm to barter for trinkets, quirky fashions, antiques and handicrafts along the winding streets of one of Madrid's oldest residential neighbourhoods.
Flights to Madrid take you to a foodie's dream. Cosy up in an alcove inside the mesones or cellar bars along Cava San Miguel, near Plaza Mayor. Sip sangria and feast on traditional tapas like jamón serrano and tortilla española (omelette).
Join the madrileños (locals) for pre-dinner drinks and tapas snacks in Plaza Santa Ana's oak-panelled cervecerias where smart waiters serve thirst-quenching tipples from huge beer pumps. Save your sleep for the flight from Madrid.
When to go
KLM has frequent flights to Madrid. Catch live music on summertime Sundays at the Retiro Park bandstand and party with locals during May's Fiesta de San Isidro celebrations for Madrid's patron saint.