1 of 2 Lakeside Apartments located just 45 minutes drive from Madrid Capital. Finished in the local rustic style the self catering apartments, each 25m2, are an annex of the owner’s country house, however are completely independent. more info...
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Home to top museums, fabulous shopping districts and some of the best nightlife options in Europe, Madrid is an exciting place for a city break or a longer holiday. If you're headed to Madrid, the apartments for rent on www.selfcateringhols.com might be just what you're looking for. All our Madrid apartments are centrally located and are available for flexible, short-term rental. Whether you're looking for an intimate flat on a quiet street or family-friendly lodging in the heart of Madrid, a great apartment is easy to find.
The Puerta del Sol is the heart of Madrid. An apartment in this area will put you in the thick of the action around the clock. By day, shops, street artists and countless cultural attractions draw crowds; by night, the abundance of bars, restaurants and clubs means that there's never a dull moment. Major sights around the Puerta del Sol include the Plaza Mayor, the Plaza Santa Ana, and the Palacio Real. Other attractions include: historic cave restaurants around the Plaza Mayor; quirky shops along Calle Preciados, Calle de Toledo or Calle de las Huertas; pulsating discotecas along Calle Arenal; and countless tapas bars scattered throughout this area of Madrid. Apartments in this quarter are ideal for those who want easy access to the major sights of the city.
North of the Puerta del Sol are the Chueca and Malasa?a districts, the funkiest and most fashionable areas of Madrid. Apartments here are ideal for those who want to see Madrid's most modern face. Malasa?a is packed with unique caf?s and bars and is known for being a diverse and laid-back area. Chueca is Madrid's gay quarter and is home to a lively and varied nightlife scene and some of the trendiest shops and restaurants in Madrid. Apartments in both Chueca and Malasa?a are well-connected to the rest of the city by metro and are a short walk from the Puerta del Sol.
North of Malasa?a and Chueca is the Chamber? district, a sophisticated area home to excellent restaurants, shops and entertainment options. Just off the beaten tourist track, this is one of the most refined districts in Madrid, and an apartment here gives you both a quiet atmosphere and easy access to the busy city centre. Several metro lines service this part of Madrid, so an apartment here puts you within 10 minutes of almost everything the city has to offer.
In the south of the city, within easy reach of the busy Atocha train station, is the lively Arganzuela district, one of the most diverse in Madrid. Apartments here are near major attractions like the Prado museum, the Centro de Arte Reina Sof?a, the Parque del Buen Retiro and the huge Rastro flea market. You'll also find oodles of tapas bars in this district.
Other popular districts in Madrid include Salamanca (where you'll find most of the city's designer shops), Chamart?n (the northern area of the city), and Jer?nimos (the area around the sprawling Parque del Buen Retiro). Apartments in all of these Madrile?o districts enjoy excellent public transportation and easy access to the city centre.
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Madrid is a great year-round destination. The climate here is typical of central Spain, with marked seasons and dry, relatively mild weather. Winters, which are colder than those in southern Spain but are not harsh, bring an exciting cultural calendar and few foreign crowds. Spring brings long, sunny days and warm weather ideal for sightseeing or strolling through the parks. Summers are long and hot, and though you'll want to take advantage of the Spanish siesta in the heat-drenched afternoons, this is a great time of year to enjoy Madrid's nightlife and countless terrace bars. Autumn, with its crisp weather, is a great time to enjoy the outdoor activities available in and around Madrid.
Madrid's monthly low and high average temperatures are: January 3?C/9?C, February 3?C/11?C, March 6?C/15?C, April 8?C/18?C, May 10?C/ 21?C, June 16?C/27?C, July 18?C/31?C, August 18?C/30?C, September 14?C/25?C, October 10?C/19?C, November 6?C/13?C, December 3?C/9?C.
Madrid's international Barajas airport is well-connected to airports in Europe and beyond. Several budget airlines, including Easy Jet, fly here. Flight time from London is about two hours.
Once you've landed in Madrid, getting around is easy. From the airport you could take a taxi to the city centre (€15-€20) or take the metro, which whisks you to the large Nuevos Ministerios metro station, where you can transfer lines and reach the centre easily. There is also an airport bus which has longer operating hours and drops you off in the Plaza de Col?n.
In the city centre, plan to rely on the metro to get around by day, and occasional taxis by night. Madrid is a large city, so it may not be possible to walk everywhere (especially after nightfall) but there is a great public transportation system. Having a car in Madrid is rather complicated, as parking in the centre is limited and expensive. If you must have a car, plan to leave it parked in one of the city's central lots at a cost of about €20 per day.
To travel beyond Madrid, you could hire a car (driving in Spain is relatively painless outside the bustle of the cities) or you could rely on the excellent Renfe train services. Numerous long-distance bus companies, including the popular Alsa, travel to towns near Madrid and further afield.
Madrid has several fabulous parks, and strolling, jogging, rollerblading, or biking in them is a popular way to spend a sunny day. Some of the best parks include the iconic Parque del Buen Retiro, where it's also possible to rent row boats, and the Casa de Campo, a wild expanse of undeveloped land west of the city centre.
Public outdoor swimming pools, including several in the Casa del Campo park and the large Canal de Isabel II in the northern part of the city, are popular in summer.
Helpful Tips:- If you'll be using public transportation, buy a 10-ride Metrob?s card, which gives you 10 rides on city buses or the metro for a considerable discount (about half price!)
- For big discounts on transportation, museums and cultural activities, get the Madrid Card) which for a flat fee gives you virtually unlimited access to major museums, the metro and the Madrid Visi?n tourist bus (see below) You also get a free walking tour and discounts at some shops.
- Get an overview of the Madrid's major sights with Madrid Visi?n, the open-topped tourist bus that loops around the city.
- Summers here are hot and to enjoy them you should take a few precautions. Be sure to carry around water and follow the Spaniards' example of stopping mid-afternoon for a siesta and a break from the sun.