A few friends and I will be taking a trip to Europe this summer. We will be flying to Dublin on the 10th of July. We want to see Ireland, but we also want to travel other places since flights are so cheap in Europe. Based on some prices we've found so far, we plan to fly out of Dublin first, before going back to Ireland to travel the country and eventually go back to the U.S. We for sure are going to London, but don't know what our 3rd destination is going to be. Right now we are thinking about Madrid, but I am open to any suggestions!!! Here is what our intinerary looks like as of now:
Dublin in July 10.
If we DO go to Madrid, does anyone have any suggestions about what to do when we go there? I've researched Madrid the least... so anything will help!
Madrid is a nice enough city, to hang out in. But in July it will be very hot there. If u go there, just hang out, and relax.
But other suggestions
U will probably be able to get bargin flights, to some of these, if u book a few months in advance.
My advice is don't go to Madrid in summer, because besides being very hot its offer is nowhere near what you'll find in Barcelona and its surroundings, including some beach towns. Barcelona will be twice as crowded though, that's a fact unfortunately.
Madrid is a very nice city: big streets, a very nice old town square and an amazing park called Retiro, but really, that's about it...
If you wanna go sightseeing I think Barcelona would be a better choice. Anyway, from Madrid you could take daily trips to other places such as Toledo which are amazing, but I personally don't see it as the ideal choice.
I have to agree, that Madrid will be warm in Summer, maybe a little bit too much. But it depends on where you come from, if it is too hot for you.
I disagree on Madrid being nothing more than Retiro and Plaza Mayor. See the La Latina neighbourhood, and take a walk to the Cathedral and the Palace from there. Madrid has some of the best Art Museums in Europe (Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen) and the best places to Eat. (I am already looking forward on eating African patatoes in Lavapies on my next visit). Madrid is really alive at night (also take a look at the Plaza de Cibeles at night).
As already said Madrid is also a place from where you can do some excellent daytrips. Toledo, is a must, but you could also consider Segovia, Alcala, Aranjuez, ChinChon.
I really appreciate the advice! Anything is helpful. And I've just learned that we aren't set on London either. We are definitely spending a week in Ireland ... and the other 10 days are in the works.
Any more suggestions on 1 or 2 other destinations?