Madrid is Spain’s largest city and carries with it a unique blend of artistic and cultural heritage, making it an ideal destination for a trip away.
The pairing of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals promises to attract plenty of Brits to the city, but there is also plenty to see for the non-football fans among us.
Atletico’s stadium – the Vicente Calderon – is located right in the heart of the city, so visiting Chelsea fans can take in all the sights and sounds of Madrid, both before and after the game.
Madrid is renowned for having a lively nightlife, while the city’s history can be viewed from almost every street corner.
A wide variety of restaurants and bars can be found all over the city, while a highly efficient transport network serves the needs of Madrid’s 3.3 million inhabitants.
Plenty of things to see and do
The Puerta del Sol plaza in the heart of Madrid is a popular location for locals and tourists alike, while the stunning Royal Palace – one of Madrid’s most emblematic buildings is also worth a visit.
Football fans may also wish to visit the home of Atletico’s rivals, as Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium is one of the most spectacular in European football.
Stadium tours, which include the club’s museum, take place on non match days and cover the history of a club that have been crowned European champions on a record nine occasions. Fans will be hopeful that superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can propel them to further success this year.
Beyond the football, a number of huge shopping streets and plazas display a wide range of traditional and modern day goods, while the buzz of the city is very difficult to escape from.
Madrid is a 24-hour city in every sense of the term, and with so much to see and do it is a destination that many people should consider visiting, not just Chelsea fans for the game on April 22.
Staying within budget
Using a prepaid card when travelling abroad is a great way of ensuring a trip stays within budget regardless of where you are heading, as only money on the card can be spent.
Other funds can always be added to the card should people require it while they are away though – ideal for people looking for mementos from their trip.
There is also additional protection if the card should be misplaced, as funds can be transferred to a new card with the minimum of fuss.