In the heart of Spain, Madrid really is the ideal place for an introduction to Spanish culture, history and everyday life. If you are planning a stay in the Spanish capital, why not hire a car and trek across the city like a true Madrileño or Madrileña? For today only (May 17th), Holiday Autos are offering a 25% price drop on car rental in Madrid – a discount you can use on any Madrid holiday up until October 31st 2012.
To celebrate its 25th Birthday, Holiday Autos is offering 25% off car hire over 25 days across 25 different locations. The deal is available for pick-ups until the end of October this year. The spotlight is on Madrid today – so you have until midnight tonight (May 17th) to book your car rental. It’s a good idea considering there is so much to see right across the city:
Madrid has a wealth of museums but if you only have time to see one museum in Madrid, the Prado Museum is the obvious choice. It boasts one of the largest art collections in the world and is best known for its diverse masterpieces by Velasquez, Goya and El Greco. For those with a few more days to play with there is also the Reina Sofia and Thyssen museum which are both well worth a visit.
Another Madrid ‘must do’ is a visit to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, a residence of the King of Spain. It was completed mid-18th century during the reign of Ferdinand VI and is known for its beauty and master craftsmanship. Particularly stunning are the Rococo staircase and Porcelain room whose walls are, surprise surprise, lined with porcelain.
For any sports fan, a trip to Madrid is not complete without a visit to the Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid football club. Try to catch an El Classico match with their fiercely competitive rivals Barcelona, or a quick tour of the impressive stadium on a non match day.
It’s always a nice drive to perhaps the ‘symbol’ of Madrid – the Cybeles Fountain. Cybeles was the Greek God of fertility and the fountain shows her in a carriage that is drawn by a pair of lions. The buildings that surround the plaza make it particularly impressive, including the Banco de Espana, the Buenavista Palace (Spanish Army headquarters) and the Correos y Telegrafos Building (City Hall).
The best recommendation would be to hire a car in Madrid and delve into the ‘hidden city’, following your nose and getting to know Madrid like the locals – you won’t regret taking a road trip!
For further details on the Holiday Autos sale, the complete list of locations included in the offer, and to look over the terms and conditions, visit http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/sale/.