Madrid, Spain

from £299pp +1.8% BF

4 days

Madrid

Duration: 4 days

Say ‘adios’ to home and ‘hola!’ to one of the most picturesque and beautiful capitals in Europe. The stunning architecture round every corner is enough to take over your camera roll, with awesome backgrounds for the perfect picture such as the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and The Gran Vía. Madrid also boasts one of the best art museums in the world: The Prado, which is a must-see, whether you have an interest in art or not.

Make sure you try some tapas and delicious churros at the Mercado San Miguel, or the many other tapas bars dotted around the city. Finish off your perfect day with a night out at a traditional wine bar, or start the next morning in the 7-storey Teatro Kapital. There is honestly more to experience in Madrid than can be squeezed into a single weekend, but we’ll help you do as much as possible!

Itinerary

  • You’ll meet with your UniLife trip leaders at your chosen pick-up destination and head to the airport to catch your flight!
  • Once landed in Spain, proceed through passport control and hop on your airport transfers to the accommodation.
  • Our trip leaders will get you checked in and settled so you can make the most of your first evening in Madrid. We have plenty of recommendations from our many trips here, which we’ll share on the group chat so you can start getting to know the city!
  • Visit the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) and take a guided tour of this opulent royal residence.
  • Lunch at a local tapas bar or restaurant.
  • Explore the historic district of La Latina, known for its winding streets, traditional taverns, and lively atmosphere.
  • Spend the evening at your nightlife activity, partying ‘til dawn to reggaeton like a local!
  • Visit world-class museums, such as the Prado Museum or the Reina Sofia Museum, to admire masterpieces by Spanish and international artists.
  • Stroll through El Retiro Park, a vast green oasis in the heart of Madrid, and visit the Crystal Palace.
  • Take a leisurely walk around the historic center, possibly heading towards Puerta del Sol or Plaza Mayor.
  • Our friendly trip leaders will be organising some kind of evening activity if you haven’t included any optional extras in your itinerary. Feel free to give them suggestions!
  • We’ll check out of the hostel and put your bags in luggage storage.
  • You’ll have a final chance to explore and see any sights you might have missed!
  • After meeting back at the hostel, you’ll hop on your transfers back to the airport and board your flight back the UK.
  • Once back, we’ll proceed through to the arrivals area, making the end of the trip. Until next time!

What's included?

Return Flights from London Airport

Return Flights from London Airport

EU Airport Transfers Only

EU Airport Transfers Only

Hostel accommodation

Hostel accommodation

Trained UniLife Trip Leader

Trained UniLife Trip Leader

Advice on what to do while you're here

Advice on what to do while you're here

Bar Crawl

Bar Crawl

Optional Add-ons

Optional Add-ons

  • Bernabeu Stadium tour
Not Included

Not Included

Breakfast or Other Meals
UK Airport Transfers
Large Cabin Bag
City Tax

Frequently Asked Questions

The standard ticket will include a small, under-seat bag with maximum dimensions of 40 x 30 x 20 cm. You can purchase an additional cabin bag with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm as an add-on to your ticket.

Please note, you will only be able to purchase a cabin bag until the deposit deadline date. After this date, you will only be able to purchase additional baggage at the airport.

We reserve the right to issue you a refund for the cost of the cabin bag in the instance the airline has sold out of cabin bag spaces.

The Currency used in Madrid is the Euro.


Having some cash is always useful on your trip, but not essential (unless there is city tax required – see ‘Other Costs’ in FAQs). The majority of establishments will accept card payments. Digital Bank cards such as Monzo, Revolut or Starling are particularly useful as they have low currency exchange charges.

Travel insurance is not included as standard in our ticket costs unless specified in the trip inclusions of your trip page. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip to avoid additional costs in the instance of an accident.


You can purchase travel insurance as an add on during the check out process. We use Endsleigh Insurance to provide insurance. More information can be found here – https://unilifeuk.com/advice/travel-insurance/

The city tax rate in Madrid is €0.50 per night.

City tax is not included in your trip ticket, and is payable in cash once you arrive. In most cases, this will be collected by your Trip Leaders. We ask that you do your best to pay in the exact amount, as there is only a limited amount of change available.

If you have purchased add-ons, you will be provided the necessary information and your ticket prior to arrival at your destination. If for any reason the activity gets cancelled, or is unable to run, you will receive a full refund of the add-on within 14 days of being notified.

If you are an international student, you may require a visa to travel with us. This is the participants’ responsibility and UniLife will not be held responsible or liable in any way in the instance that participants cannot travel because they do have the relevant visa required.


We will not provide refunds if participants fail to obtain a visa. Please visit this page to find out more information about visas – https://unilifeuk.com/advice/1060/


We are happy to provide you with a personalised visa letter to support your application. Please e-mail contact@unilifeuk.com to request a visa letter.

We require full passport details at least 4 weeks before the date of departure. You can add your passport details by logging in and following this link:  https://unilifeuk.com/passport-details/


We require all passports to have a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of travel. Please check your passport validity before you purchase a ticket. If you do require a new passport, this generally takes 6-8 weeks. However, fast-track services are available. Please ensure that you apply for a new passport in a timely manner to prevent any delays or disruption to your travel.

Your rooming preferences are recorded via the passport information section of your account. Please ensure you fill this out as soon as possible. We try our best to accommodate all requests, however are unable to in some cases.


We will always prioritise single-gender rooming requests over other preferences, and will release these to the group shortly prior to departure.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide refunds of the trip deposit. However, If you can no longer attend the trip, it may be possible to sell your ticket to another participant, subject to the Airline or Ferry name change fees. Generally, this is £50 each way (£100 total for a return flight).


You can do this by contactingsupport@unilifeuk.com with your name, the trip you are travelling on, and full name, e-mail and phone number of the person taking your ticket. If you are struggling to find someone, we suggest asking your committee first.

Trip highlights

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Plaza Mayor

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Royal Palace

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Museo Nacional del Prado

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