Even though it might sound strange at first, sports are a huge tourist attraction for a city, and especially for Madrid.
Every year numerous events are held in Madrid, providing an attractive get-away for many people, both national and international. Take for example the Real Madrid football club. Not only their normal matches are a huge event, the closer the season gets to its end, the sooner a match gets sold out, and even more if they are playing against other great teams, or in international competitions like the Champion’s League. The tours through their stadium are highly popular and offer a different view of this legendary club.
Other examples are the tennis matches held in the new ‘Caja Magica’ (magic box) stadium where contemporary heroes like Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer compete, or the basketball matches of the ACB league, one of the best in Europe.
All these events provide a perfect setting for a weekend away, combining the other great attractions of Madrid, like its beautiful city centre or the many bars and restaurants to enjoy a perfect meal. A great alternative to a hotel stay for one of these events is to rent a furnished apartment, combining the advantages of a great location, with space to spend a few hours between shopping in for example Serrano street and that special match in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Another advantage of renting a short stay serviced apartment in Madrid is that for many families this offers the perfect accommodation with children.
At this moment, Madrid has decided to make itself even more attractive for visitors, by employing its favourite football stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos or Xabi Alonso to recommend their preferred sites in the capital of Spain. Ronaldo for example most likes the climate of Madrid, and the mentality of the people, since they remind him of the people back home. Kaká speaks about the different possibilities to spend time with small children and they all absolutely love the food.
Madrid in short is, apart from the more standard attractions like the museums, parks and monuments, the perfect place to spend some time in the family and enjoy another type of diversion, like a tennis match, a football game, or even the horse racing in the hippodrome just outside the city centre. Enjoy a great weekend, full of emotions and relax in a luxury flat after a long day full of all Madrid has to offer.