Useful information about the flight from Liverpool to Madrid
Fiery, vivacious and sophisticated Madrid
Madrid is such a lively city it's best to plan before you go to maximise all there is to see, but go for the 2nd May and the "Dos de Mayo" is impressive, with parades, bullfights and a festival. Or perhaps a leisurely visit in October, when there is a wonderful jazz festival, and trying out a few Flamenco bars is a must. There is also a very hip, fashion loving feel to the nightlife here too. The hours are very Spanish, which is late for eating and partying the night away, with a definite sleepy feel to the late afternoons when the traditional siesta still takes place.
When to go
One of the loveliest times to visit is during the mild, balmy days from April to June, or again from September to October. Summers can be unbearably hot with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, but winters can be frosty and the temperature can slip as low as -10 degrees.
Out and about in Madrid
Eating out in Madrid tends to be cheaper than London, and although there are many great restaurants with lovely Spanish cuisine, Spanish tapas, or bar food is popular and very good. Try the wonderful cured ham with sherry, the national drink. Groceries are also cheaper than London, and so is the local and airport transport. Madrid time is 2 hours ahead of GMT, which makes it an hour later than the UK.
And the low down...
Hotels in Madrid range from a homely hostel or guesthouse starting at about 12 Euros a night, and a three star hotel costing around 80 Euros a night. There are also some very stylish upmarket, boutique style hotels which are very expensive. Madrid-Barajas airport is located 12 km to the north west of the city centre, and is very modern and stylish. Taxis are cheaper than in London, and the local public transport on buses and the metro is very inexpensive. One ticket is 1.50 EUR,and 10 tickets from about 12EUR. There are also cheap day travelcards.