Should you wish to extend your stay, or take advantage of your free time, six enclaves listed by the UNESCO as “World Heritage” locations can be found near Madrid. Aranjuez and El Escorial were once the residence of Spanish royalty and their palaces and gardens have an important natural and artistic value. Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Segovia and Toledo have monumental centres from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. For more information, you can visit: www.esmadrid.com

Art in Madrid
Situated in the heart of Madrid, he Paseo del Prado is home to three of the most comprehensive painting museums in the world. The Reina Sofía National Museum Art Centre, with Picasso’s Guernica, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, which presents an overview of art history, and the Prado Museum, with artworks by Goya and Velázquez. All three also host outstanding temporary exhibitions.

Madrid is a shopping paradise both for bargain-hunters and for those seeking exclusive boutiques. From creations by international and Spanish fashioners to both traditional and trendsetting designs, everything goes in the city’s shop windows.

A green city
Located between the Guadarrama Mountain Range and Vega del Tajo, Madrid has a wealthy natural heritage. The number of trees that line the avenues and gardens clean the air and generate the ideal atmosphere for walking, sports or leisure. El Retiro, La Casa de Campo or El Monte de El Pardo are a few of the large parks and forests located within the city. You can take advantage of this and enjoy jogging or cycling during your free time.