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Why you should visit Madrid this year

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If you havent yet visited Madrid, 2017 is the year to do it. The city is warm, welcoming, and uniquely Spanish, with incredible architecture, delicious food, and great shopping.

Plaza Mayor turns 400 this year, and the square will be getting a facelift, with a variety of activities including exhibitions, concerts, and theatre. Be sure to grab a drink at Only You Atocha hotel. The brand new hotel features an industrial vibe, a restaurant, cocktail bar, and lush leather sofas. Whether you visit for a drink or decide to stay here, youll be located near Retiro Park and some of the best museums.

Speaking of museums, Reina Sofia Museum is having an excellent exhibition between April and September. Pablo Picasso painted his masterpiece Guernica after the town was bombed, and it was shown in Paris at the International Exhibition in 1937. The Piety and Terror in Picasso exhibition marks the 80th anniversary, and explores the painting and Picassos work throughout its creation.

This year, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is celebrating its 25th birthday. Youll enjoy a variety of events and exhibitions, and the Renaissance Venice exhibition runs from late June to late September.

If youre visiting between the 23rd of June and the 2nd of July, youll be able to see one of the biggest Pride festivals on the planet. Expect three million people to descend on Madrid, and get there early to get a good spot for the parade along Gran Via.

Its also the 200th anniversary of the Teatro Real opera house next year (celebrations have already begun), and there are a number of programmes this year, including Madam Butterfly, Bomarzo, and Billy Budd.

In June, the Suma Flamenca Festival begins, with top dancers, musicians, and singers. This is one of Spains most renowned flamenco festivals, and you can see performances at the Teatros del Canal and many other venues throughout Madrid. Since there will be so many of the best flamenco artists in Madrid, you can also expect to see a number of spontaneous events.

If you love a city with good nightlife, Madrid is the city to go. Youll need to have plenty of rest and coffee the day before though, since dinner is typically at 10pm, and nights out begin when pubs in London are shutting up shop.

For people looking for good weather, you cant get much better than Madrid. The weather is dry, meaning its nice and fresh in the winter, although it does get quite hot in summer.

And who could forget about the tapas? Head to Lateral, Mercado San Miguel, Parrachica, and MesonCino Jotas.

Those who like to shop will find boutiques throughout the city, along with high-street and luxury brands. Check out the quirky boutiques in Chueca or on Fuencarral street.

If youre travelling to Madrid, dont forget to book your airport transfers. While the public transport is excellent in the city, getting to and from the airport can be a long process after a flight. Enjoy your holiday!