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Flights from Madrid

The major Airport in Madrid, Spain, is the Madrid Airport, commonly known as Barajas, and is the major gateway to the City of Madrid. This international airport is the busiest and largest in the country and was ranked the eleventh busiest globally and fourth in Europe in 2008. Its location is in Madrid’s city limits, 5.6 miles from the financial district and around 8.1 miles on the northeastern part from the historical center of Madrid, the Puerta Del Sol. The airport derives its name from Barajas, an adjacent district, and is served by its own rail line and metro station.
 
Visitors to Madrid are offered different means of accessing the city center from the Madrid Airport, the Barajas. These transport means include Aerocity, taxi, AresMobile, Metro, bus and car rental. Aerocity is a more specialized type of taxi that you reserve online. You are then picked from the Barajas in a 7-seater van, air conditioned, comfortable and aptly mobile, and taken to wherever your destination may be.
 
Where to go?
Puerta Del Sol
Start your trip to Madrid here. The Puerta Del Sol is the centre of it all. This is where all of the radial highways begin. In the central area of Puerta Del Sol you will find the famous statue of a bear standing against a tree which is based on Madrid's coat of arms.
 
Palacio Real
The Royal Palace is a beautiful and a very important place in Madrid. Unless there is official business taking place, the Royal Palace is open to the public. You will have to pay an entrance fee, but it is well worth it. Make sure to visit the beautiful formal gardens while you're there.
 
Prado Museum
The Prado Museum is one of the most important museums in the world and without a doubt the pride of Madrid. In this museum you will find the world's greatest collection of Spanish paintings. If you are interested in art, this is a must to see.
 
Dublin, Ireland
Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, beckons visitors with its blend of modern vibrancy and Georgian elegance. Dig into the city’s handsome history and Viking heritage as you explore cathedrals, Georgian townhouses, castles and monuments interspersed among the city’s concrete buildings. Other sites worth visiting are the Marsh Library, St Stephen’s Green and Kilmainham Gaol. Beer lovers would enjoy a tour around the Guinness Storehouses while collectors would love a stroll along Francis Street, the home of antiquarians. After a day of sightseeing, hit some of Dublin’s best pubs for a rewarding drink and a glimpse of the local Irish social scene.
 
Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, capital of the shogun, never fails to intrigue tourists time and again with its refined traditional culture and passion for innovation. From the luxury shops of Ginza to the electronics stores of Akihabara to Harajuku’s trendy boutiques, Tokyo is also a haven for shopping enthusiasts. Sashimi lovers can sink their teeth in fresh creamy salmon at the Tsukiji Central Fish Market. Foodies seeking out traditional local flavours should splurge on a multi course kaiseki meal of seasonal delicacies to experience the refinedness of Japanese cuisine. For some serious sightseeing, visit the Senso-ji Shrine, Ueno-koen Park and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Take a day trip out to Mount Fuji and can spend a night in one of the traditional ryokans in the area.
 
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
A subtropical micro-region known for its picturesque seascapes and fascinating history, Bay of Islands ranks as one of New Zealand’s top tourist destination. Cruise the turquoise waters on a chartered yacht or rent a kayak and paddle out to sea. Around Tapeka Point, get up close with the abundance of marine wildlife including penguins, dolphins, marlin, whales, gannets and more. Laze on the pristine beaches of Paihia town, explore the historic sites of Waitangi town and indulge in delicious handmade chocolates or locally made macadamia liqueur in Kerikeri town If you want enjoy an aerial view Cape Brett and the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Piercy Island, hit the skies on a seaplane.

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