With the holidays past and the new year upon us, it’s once again time to start thinking about where you want to travel in the coming year. Royal Holiday Vacation Club members have almost unlimited options when it comes to exploring the globe and recently one the RCI Gold Crowne Award an absolutely prestigious honor. If you’re looking for an adventure that offers old-world charm and modern amenities alike, you really can’t go wrong with a stay at the luxurious Apartamentos Plaza Basilica property in Madrid, Spain. Here are just a few reasons you’re sure to fall in love with this glorious city on your next Royal Holiday Vacation.
With an estimated 300 days of sunshine annually, you’ll have no trouble getting outdoors and soaking up some vitamin D on your vacation. Winters are mild, with average temperatures in the mid-40s, while summers are blazing hot, with temperatures commonly soaring to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Just be aware that everything shuts down in August, which is basically vacation month for Europeans.
The best time to visit this fabulous city if you’re looking to enjoy balmy climes is spring or fall, when temperatures tend to linger in the 70s, providing you with perfect weather for lounging on a terrace or exploring the city.
There’s no way to describe the wealth of fabulous food you’ll find when you visit Madrid. International eats are easy to come by in this cosmopolitan city, but you’ll want to try traditional Spanish treats, as well, from simple huevos rotos (eggs on fried potatoes), to hearty cocido Madrileno (a pork and chorizo stew), to heavenly churros con chocolat (crispy churros dipped in melted chocolate).
Don’t forget to try Madrid’s signature sandwich, the bocadillo de calamares (fried squid sandwich), as well as the many seasonal delights that pop up throughout the year. Pair your meals with some local wine, sangria, cava, craft brews, or agua de Valencia.
You’ll have to go to Paris for the Louvre, and fight some serious tourist traffic to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. When you visit Madrid, you’ll have access to world-renowned art without necessarily battling the madding crowd to get a peek.
In addition to the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, you’ll find public works of art and dozens of galleries to peruse. Make sure to get a gander at the work of Picasso, including his famous depictions of the Spanish Civil War.
Old and new
Madrid may be a bustling modern city, but it retains a lot of its old-world charm by carrying on ancient traditions. When lunchtime hits, many small businesses still take a break for food and siestas during the hottest part of the day.
You can grab a beer and tapas at a bar during soccer games and get in on the excitement. You can walk the city, enjoying ages-old architecture and cobblestone streets. Of course, there’s no shortage of modern amenities to be had, as well, with a vast network of subways to ferry you around and plenty of shopping and entertainment options.
Apartamentos Plaza Basilica
This centrally located Royal Holiday Vacation Club property gives you the opportunity to enjoy a truly memorable vacation in Madrid. While you’re probably excited to explore the many nearby attractions, including the famous Paseo de la Castellana, the Plaza Mayor, the Toledo Bridge, and countless museums, you can also enjoy the on-site restaurant or lounge, or simply kick back in your studio apartment, complete with a full kitchen. This Royal Holiday property provides all the comforts of home, paired with proximity to the many attractions offered by the beautiful city of Madrid.
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