Cheap flights to Madrid, Spain
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Get cheap tickets to Madrid and:
- experience an adrenaline rush at a Spanish football game
- find inspiration in the stunning architecture
- begin your day with a scrumptious Spanish omelette
Flights to Madrid
airBaltic will launch operations to Madrid on May 26, 2017, with three flights weekly up to October 27, 2017, and fares starting at 75 EUR. The direct flight from Riga to Madrid is set to take four hours, and the schedule is adjusted to suit travellers going to Spain via Riga as well.
Spain's capital Madrid is a city of contrasts where its historical spirit has taken up abode together with modern architecture. Madrid is one of the largest cities in Europe and is crowned the geographical, political and cultural centre of Spain. The Mediterranean climate is in charge there, so summers are hot, with temperatures reaching 40 °C, while winters are mild – it rarely drops below 0 °C then.
¡Hola, Madrid! It's obvious that Spanish is spoken in Madrid, given that it is Spain's capital, but Madrid especially prides itself on its Castilian Spanish accent, which is considered the purest form of the Spanish language.
The bits and bobs to pick up before travelling to Spain include ¡Buenos dias! (Hello!) and its more popular counterpart ¡Hola! (Hi!), ¿Donde estas …? (Where is...?), tapas (appetizers), cerveza (beer), beber (to drink), comer (to eat).
See and Do
The Spanish love football, so take a trip to one of the stadiums around Madrid, like Santiago Bernabéu, the home stadium of one of the world's largest football clubs, Real Madrid, or Estadio Vicente Calderón where the second most famous team of Madrid, Atletico de Madrid, train. To get a true taste of football, we recommend getting tickets to see a game live, especially if you are already a fan.
Bullfighting is a traditional leisure activity that usually takes place from March to October at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, one of the largest bullrings in Spain. Even though animal rights has become a major concern nowadays and this bloody sport is widely criticized, the Spanish Council of Ministers has recognized bullfighting as a cultural event and an art form.
For a breathtaking experience head to the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) that's among the most distinguished art museums in Europe. Its visitors have the privilege of admiring chefs-d'œuvre of such artists as Velazquez, Goya, Titian and El Greco. The next step of the cultural expedition is a visit to the Royal Palace (Palacio Real de Madrid) – this majestic baroque building will give immense pleasure to anyone who appreciates beauty.
You don't find a metropolis without a main street: Ku'Damm for Berlin, Oxford Street for London, and Gran Via for Madrid. It has everything one might wish for: bars, stores, restaurants, cinemas and cabarets, sprinkled with a heavy dose of beautiful 20th century architecture. They say this street never sleeps, so planning a romantic stroll under the moonlight perhaps is not the brightest idea.
The very heart of Madrid guards a unique opportunity to meet Egypt and its culture in the form of the Temple of Debod and the museums housed there. Anyone wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city will be ecstatic to find themselves in this silent corner; plus, it's just a stone's throw from the touristy Plaza de España. The temple offers a magnificent view of the castle and resplendent sunsets on warm summer nights.
Food, food, food! Food is one of Madrid's and Spain's main attractions, and great meals are to be had at countless pubs, cafes, restaurants and tapas bars. Get a taste of Spain by having a huge plate of Spanish tapas, and chase them down with some Spanish beer, wine or sangria – gourmands will love it here.
If you've had enough of the capital, hop onto a train to one of the nearby towns – Segovia. Segovia is known for the famous Roman Aqueduct (Acueducto de Segovia), which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Make time to see the momumental Cathedral of Segovia (Catedral de Santa María de Segovia), the Monastery of Saint Mary of Parral (Monasterio de Santa María del Parral) and one of the numerous churches, or enjoy a leisurly walk through the tiny alleys and get to know the local life and culture.