Norwegian Airlines is starting a direct service between Birmingham and the Spanish capital at the end of March
Madrid is an exciting city break option for anyone who likes their art, culture, food and shopping. For anyone who prefers to fly from Birmingham Airport the news is particularly good. Norwegian Airlines will be starting a new direct service between Birmingham and the Spanish capital with effect from the end of March this year, with flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays right through until the end of October. Until this new route was unveiled, air passengers from the West Midlands had been obliged to travel to Manchester or Bristol in order to take a direct flight to Madrid.
The city of Madrid possesses some of the finest art collections in the world. The museums of the Golden Triangle are all within easy walking distance of each other right in the centre of the city. The Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums house a fantastic selection of world class art from old masters like Reubens, Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh. With some 73 museums in total, art and culture are central to Madrid life.
Madrid is also a green city with the Retiro Park, Casa de Campo and Casa del Moro gardens amongst the most popular places where locals and tourists can find peace in the centre of the city. The Retiro Park is not far from the city’s main tourist attractions such as the Prado Museum, and is a perfect place for a gentle stroll. Home to several sculptures, monuments, and a boating lake, it also hosts an annual book fair, and there are free concerts throughout the summer.
Football is almost a religion in Madrid, and many tourists and locals alike take the tour of the Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid. Atletico and Getafe also offer tours and often have match tickets available.
Madrid can be combined with other cities such as Toledo or Barcelona to make a longer holiday. The train journey between Madrid and Toledo takes only 30 minutes but that journey is certainly very worthwhile. Toledo possesses a greater wealth of monuments than almost any other Spanish city. It is known as the “city of the three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together there for centuries. Behind its walls Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. With its great diversity of artistic styles the old quarter of Toledo is like an open-air museum, which has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site.