Madrid feels typically Spanish and is famous for tapas, paella and flamenco. Located in the center of Spain at an altitude of 650m, it is usually hot and dry during summer months and colder during the winter time. Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin and it is the home of the Spanish Parliament and the residence of the Spanish Monarch. Being the political, economic and cultural center of Spain means that Madrid has so much to show its many visitors each year including history, architecture, fabulous museums, amazing art displays, beautiful buildings, parks, restaurants and it is also great fun for a night or two out!
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Car rental is very popular for people on business looking to get to their destination quickly and efficiently and also with tourists looking to explore Madrid and it´s surrounds. While car rental is not necessary in the very heart of Madrid, there is loads to see outside the city. Car Booker always recommends pre-booking your rental car in Madrid airport or in your city centre location as it is can get very busy, so pre-booking will save you money and time at the rental desk. Car Booker compares the prices and deals in your pick up location to get you the best deal on your rental car saving you up to 30%. Search and save now on car rental in Madrid.
Most of the famous tourist areas are located in the center of the city including Puerta Del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, and Plaza de Colón. The major streets in Madrid include the Gran Via, Alcalá Street, and Paseo de la Castellana. Visit the authentic 2nd century BC Egyptian Templo de Debod. Don’t miss these; The Prado, the Reina Sofia with Picasso’s ‘Woman in Blue’ on view and The Thyssen-Bornemisza which probably has the world’s best private art collection. Go to Retiro Park for a break from the hustle and bustle in the city center. Also try the Parque Del Capricho is very beautiful and even has a labyrinth! For a lovely way to spend a Sunday, go to the Rastro, flea market.
In a rental car why not explore more of north west Spain, there is a great route you can do in a week, driving to Segovia, Avila and up to Salamanca, Valladolid and Burgos and back through Sierra de la Demanda and Soria and home from Madrid again. Or just do one of many great day trips available including visiting the Mendoza castle in the stunning La Pedriza hills near Manzanares el Real. An hour from Madrid there is a great family owned restaurant called Meson de Candido in Segovia with a house specialty of juicy suckling pig. Visit the Valle de los Caidos basilica (valley of the fallen) built from prisoner labor in the civil war and home to General Franco’s remains.