Are you coming to Madrid on business? Enjoy your leisure time in the area around the trade show centre and the airport
What to see
Where to sleep
Food and drink
Although it’s located further afield, the area of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport and Campo de las Naciones, where the IFEMA-Feria de Madrid trade show centre is to be found, is well worth a visit.
Adjoining the Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid and Feria de Madrid, Juan Carlos I Park opened its doors to the public when Madrid was designated EuropeanCapital of Culture in 1992. There’s a 30,000m2 lake in the park, a 1,900m-long estuary, around twenty outdoor sculptures, a garden named ‘Las Tres Culturas’, a greenhouse known as ‘Estufa Fría’, which boasts a collection of over 200 exotic plants, and an auditorium. In the park you can take a catamaran ride, catch the mini-train or mount one of the bikes available for free.
Even if many Madrileños have never heard of El Capricho Park, it’s a fantastic green space, developed by the Dukes of Osuna in 1784. The park has three types of classical gardens: the parterre or French garden, the English landscaped garden and the Italian giardino. Judas trees, elm trees, almond trees, holm oaks and lilacs grow profusely here. Supported by twelve Ionic columns, the little temple dedicated to Bacchus is one of the most romantic spots in the garden.
Football fans should stop at Ciudad Deportiva del Real Madrid, the club’s home in Parque de Valdebebas. Real Madrid players train on its premises, which include the residence of the youth team and their stadium, the Alfredo Di Stefano. Golfers have Golf Olivar de la Hinojosa, a golf club featuring everything lovers of this sport could ask for, only a short drive from central Madrid: a 27-hole course, a club house and a restaurant serving delicious Mediterranean dishes.
Looking for a hotel near Madrid’s busy international airport or the local convention centre, which holds so many international fairs all year round? Choose from the wide range of accommodations in the area.
If you fancy something a little less expensive, book one of the following: Hospedaje Los Rosales guest house, Hostal Emilio and Hostal Príncipe hostels, Apartamentos Barajas and Camping Osuna, the only campsite and caravan park in Greater Madrid, close to El Capricho tube station (Line 5) and a short journey to the centre of the capital.
The area between Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport and Campo de las Naciones is a financial district as well. Big companies have established themselves in it, which means there are good restaurants nearby.
On the ground floor of some office towers are fast food chain establishments like Foster’s Hollywood, McDonald’s, La Mafia and Fresc Co, and restaurants serving more elaborate dishes like El Partenón, Green IFEMA or La Gran Pulpería, specialising in Galician food. In-hotel restaurants, such as Claravía (Mediterranean cuisine) in the Novotel Madrid, are nice too.
On Machupichu and Los Andes avenues stand a couple of eateries and pubs – Caché, Los Cheses – to have a drink before going to sleep late at night.
The major Spain-based department store, El Corte Inglés, and Hipercor, its supermarket chain, can be found in this area. At Centro Comercial Campo de las Naciones, a shopping centre on Avenida de Los Andes 50, they sell everything from electronics to fashion, cosmetics and accessories.
Centro Comercial Plenilunio, on Calle Aracne, has more than 200 shops, cinemas and a food court that open 365 days a year. Finally, the recently opened Bahía Center completes the list of shopping centres in the district of Barajas.