Friendly, life-loving Madrid was once the capital of a huge empire extending across the Americas and Europe.

Its city center is an exciting place to explore, a treasure-trove of art, architecture and artifacts from that extraordinary period.

It’s also a buzzing, honking-tonking, cosmopolitan, modern city with a wealth of cutting edge new sights and attractions, and an exceptional dining scene.

Each day, the tapas bars fill up to the rafters with hungry, chatty souls enjoying the best jamon from Extremadura, seafood from Galicia, and cheeses from La Mancha free with their caña of beer or glass of La Rioja.

The generosity of Madrileño bars and restaurants is as legendary as their fresh produce arriving from all over Spain.

What else to do? Explore the gilded rooms and lavish frescoes of the Royal Palace, laze in the lush surroundings of the Retiro Park, and discover Madrid’s past as a literary capital with a tour of the 16th Century backstreets of Las Letras, where great minds such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega and Calderon de la Barca lived, breathed and scribbled within blocks of each other.

Then there’s the Golden Triangle, Madrid’s triumvirate of art museums. You’ll need to take a whole day for El Prado, one of the world’s greatest museums and home to over 1300 works of art, including many of Spanish art’s greatest masterpieces from El Greco’s visions of the apocalypse, to Velasquez’s royal portraits and Goya’s nudes.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza, has a wealth of modern art and old masters. To bring yourself up-to-date, you can head for the Reina Sofia Museum to see Picasso’s Guernica and a superb collection of 20th Century paintings.

If you’d like to know more about what Madrid or any of its districts offers or find out insider information, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to advise on a person-to-person basis and help you find whatever it is you’re looking for.