Find the best SWISS flights to Madrid, the capital of Spain, certainly the biggest city in terms of size and inhabitants and also one of the youngest cities in Spain.
Madrid became central when Phillip II moved the royal residence here in the 16th Century. It is situated in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula, in a mountainous area called Meseta. Madrid is more than 2000 ft above sea level, making it the highest capital of Europe.
Start your exploration at the Plaza Puerta del Sol, where the "zero kilometer" stone marks the beginning of all roads in Spain. Go on to the Plaza del Oriente, where the Kings palace can be seen, the Palacio Real. Nearby is the Plaza Mayor, one of the oldest of Madrid. From 267 balconies around the Plaza the population could watch bullfights or public executions of criminals and heretics. Today it is a pedestrian space, sometimes you can even see live concerts.
For the art aficionado the Prado at the Plaza de Cibeles is a must see. Masterworks from art history by Goya, El Greco, Tizian, Rubens, Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt and Hironymus Bosch are on display here. If the modern art is more your thing, the Museo Reina Sofia is where you want to go, where you find Pablo Picasso’s most famous picture, "Guernica". Joan Miró, Salvador Dali and Juan Gris have contributed to the fame of the museum as well.
Madrid starts to wake up when the sun sets. The legendary and wild nightlife starts really late. Raise your energy reserves with a local specialty, a Cocido Madrileño, a stew from chickpeas and all kinds of meat. The Plaza Dos de Mayos, in the Malasaña quarter, is the starting point for the legendary barhopping, no one stays longer than one hour in one place. Experience Spain’s capital like the locals do and book one of our SWISS flights to Madrid now.