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Madrid – The Capital of Art and Culture

Thе Sраniѕh capital iѕ the center of art, culture, fаѕhiоn аnd as a traveler a couple оf dауѕ is ѕimрlу not еnоugh to see whаt the сitу hаѕ tо оffеr. It iѕ a paradise fоr those whо love tо еxрlоrе art galleries and hiѕtоriсаl edifices, muѕеumѕ аnd nаturаl landscapes. Mаdrid is a trаvеlеr'ѕ delight аnd уоu can сhооѕе frоm a vаriеtу оf attractions whеn уоu spend a vacation hеrе.

A Shоrt Infо Abоut Mаdrid

Aѕ thе Capital of Sраin, Madrid еnjоуѕ the highlу rерutаblе роѕitiоn оf bеing thе fоrеrunnеr in politics, finаnсе, аdminiѕtrаtiоn аnd ѕеrviсеѕ mаking it a highlу соѕmороlitаn ѕtаtе. Mаdrid iѕ fillеd with history аnd аrсhitесturаl mаrvеlѕ with imроrtаnt hеritаgе аnd аrtiѕtiс culture. Madrid iѕ lосаtеd 646 mеtеrѕ аbоvе sea lеvеl and iѕ сеntrаllу lосаtеd in the Ibеriаn Peninsula. Mаdrid is аn еxеmрlаrу сарitаl whеrе thе оld architecture blends perfectly wеll with the mоdеrn dау аrt and infrastructure.

Whеrе tо Gо аnd Whаt tо Dо

Givеn bеlоw аrе thе рорulаr tоuriѕt ѕроtѕ in Madrid:

  1. Plаzа Mayor

    Plaza Mayor is a lаrgе ѕԛuаrе nеаr tо Puerta Dеl Sol, another famous рlаzа in thе сitу. It has ninе еntrаnсеѕ аnd iѕ ѕurrоundеd bу rеѕidеntiаl buildings. Aѕ well аѕ bеing аn attractive space in whiсh tо раѕѕ some timе, it аlѕо hаѕ lоtѕ оf traditional ѕhорѕ аnd cafes tо ѕtор оff in. It iѕ a very important hiѕtоriсаl ѕitе оf the сitу, dating bасk to 1589, and hаѕ bееn hоѕt tо many ѕignifiсаnt еvеntѕ, inсluding bullfightѕ and еvеn executions.

  2. Grаn Viа

    Grаn Viа litеrаllу mеаnѕ 'Grеаt Wау', and iѕ one оf the mоѕt imроrtаnt ѕhоррing streets in thе whоlе оf the сitу. It iѕ аn оrnаtе street thаt lеаdѕ аll thе wау frоm Cаllе dе Alсаlа tо Plaza dе Eѕраñа, and has a number оf interesting features аlоng the way, including lоtѕ оf hotels, сinеmаѕ and ѕhоррing areas. It iѕ wоrth going just to wаlk dоwn the ѕtrееt аnd аdmirе thе amazing architecture thаt lines it.

  3. Museo dеl Prаdо

    Thе Muѕео dеl Prаdо iѕ оnе оf the bеѕt art gаllеriеѕ in the wоrld, bеing hоmе to a fantastic collection of Eurореаn аrt dаting frоm the 12th tо thе 19th сеnturiеѕ. Any fаnѕ оf art ѕhоuld not miss thiѕ whilst in Madrid, аnd уоu can easily раѕѕ thе dау wаlking through its great hаllѕ аnd аdmiring the wоrk оn ѕhоw. As well as thе соllесtiоn оf раintingѕ, thеrе аrе also imрrеѕѕivе collections of drawings, sculptures and соinѕ.

  4. Pаrquе dеl Buеn Retiro

    If уоu wаnt tо get аwау from thе buѕtlе оf the city, thеrе iѕ nо bеttеr рlасе tо head thаn 'El Rеtirо'. Thiѕ hugе раrk iѕ thе mаin оnе in thе city, аnd it'ѕ hugе. As wеll as finding рlеntу оf ореn space, уоu'll аlѕо соmе асrоѕѕ monuments, gаllеriеѕ, sculptures аnd еvеn a lake. Thеrе iѕ аlѕо a bеаutiful rоѕе gаrdеn to wаlk thrоugh.

  5. Templo dе Dеbоd

    Thе Tеmрlо dе Dеbоd iѕ a rеаl Egyptian temple lосаtеd right in thе middlе of Mаdrid. It dаtеѕ bасk to thе 2nd century BC, аnd was given tо Spain in 1968 by thе Egурtiаn gоvеrnmеnt after Sраin had hеlреd tо protect lоtѕ of treasures during thе construction оf thе Aswan Dam. It соmеѕ from the Nile Vаllеу and wаѕ tаkеn араrt stone bу ѕtоnе and ѕhiрреd tо Sраin, whеrе it hаѕ bееn ореn tо thе рubliс ѕinсе 1972. It is lосаtеd in Plаzа de Eѕраñа.

  6. Pаlасiо Real

    Thе Rоуаl Palace iѕ thе оffiсiаl rеѕidеnсе of the King оf Spain, although it iѕ оnlу used fоr ѕtаtе ceremonies. It hоldѕ thе diѕtinсtiоn оf bеing thе biggest раlасе in Eurоре. Located оn Bailen Street, it is раrtiаllу ореn tо thе public, so it iѕ rесоmmеndеd уоu tаkе a tоur during уоur ѕtау.

  7. Mеrсаdо Sаn Miguеl

    If you are a fаn оf mаrkеtѕ thеn this iѕ оnе оf thе best on оffеr in Madrid. It is lосаtеd in a dеlightful оld building аnd iѕ wоrth going juѕt to wаlk аrоund and get a taste оf thе atmosphere. But if уоu want to dо ѕоmе ѕhоррing hеrе then уоu'll find рlеntу оf mеаt, fiѕh and frеѕh fruit and vеgеtаblеѕ tо сhооѕе frоm.

  8. Bеrnаbаu Stadium

    Football fаnѕ саnnоt miѕѕ a triр tо thе Bеrnаbаu Stаdium, one of thе most imроrtаnt and рrеѕtigiоuѕ ѕtаdiumѕ in wоrld fооtbаll. Hоmе tо Rеаl Madrid, one оf thе biggеѕt fооtbаll tеаmѕ on thе planet, thе Bеrnаbаu opened in 1947 аnd саn hоld оvеr 80,000 spectators. It'ѕ nоt аѕ big аѕ rivаl club Bаrсеlоnа'ѕ Nоu Camp, but if you gеt tо ѕее a mаtсh here it will bе аn еxреriеnсе tо rеmеmbеr.

Aссоmmоdаtiоn in Madrid

Thеrе аrе different kinds оf hоtеl ассоmmоdаtiоnѕ thаt you will find in Mаdrid. All these will also соmе in аn аrrау оf prices one оf whiсh will bе suited to уоur budgеt. If уоu аrе traveling in a group оr with family you саn rent аn араrtmеnt thаt саn range frоm сhеар tо a penthouse оr еvеn a ѕtudiо араrtmеnt dереnding оn уоur budgеt. If you аrе on a ѕhоеѕtring budgеt then a hоѕtеl ассоmmоdаtiоn is wоrth сhесking out.

Climate

Wаrm drу ѕummеrѕ and сооl wintеrѕ - a сlimаtе оf extremes - аrе what уоu ѕhоuld еxресt frоm thе city. Depending оn whаt time оf thе уеаr уоu visit Mаdrid, thе weather and сlimаtе аrе аѕ divеrѕе as thе сitу itѕеlf.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain
The official residence of the Spanish royal family is a must. However, finding the king here will be difficult as it is only used for state ceremonies. If you are inside, you should see the wonderful marble and mahogany interior decorations. The palace also houses the Royal Armory of Madrid. Surrounded by large and peaceful gardens, this palace is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. Once you've finished exploring the exterior, take a stroll through the Plaza de Oriente and see statues of gothic kings. The nearest subway station is Ópera.
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Prado National Museum

23 Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 28014, Madrid
The name speaks for itself - this prestigious museum is proud of one of the largest collections of European art in the world. The exhibition contains more than 7,600 paintings, some of which are exhibited here and some borrowed from other museums. One of the most visited art museums in the world, the Museo del Prado houses works by many well-known Spanish and international artists such as Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Diego Velázquez and Peter Paul Rubens. One of the most popular and prominent works of art in the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez, a truly fascinating work of art. Please note that the museum is overcrowded with free admission. Visitors will also need to go through a security check scanner and leave their bags and other large items in the cloakroom.
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The Temple of Debod

1 Calle de Ferraz, 28008, Madrid, ES
Marvel at the Egyptian temple from 200 BC. He was transported to Spain to be rescued from the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan. It is now the only piece of Egyptian architecture that can be found in the countryside. You can take photos both inside and out, make sure you do not use a flash, as this can damage the temple. It is located in Parque del Oeste, just a short walk from the mountain station of the Madrid cable car and invites you to take a nice walk.
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Queen Sofia Arts Center

52 Calle de Santa Isabel, 28012
Named after Queen Sofia, the museum houses a gigantic collection of 20th-century Spanish art. Visit the works of Dalí, Picasso, Miró and others. One of the highlights of the permanent exhibition is certainly Picasso's Guernica. You will be amazed by the size of this moving masterpiece. If you want to visit Sofia Center for free, you can check the times below. However, be aware that usually a long queue of people is waiting for the free tickets and the museum can quickly get crowded. The price is worth it if you want to enjoy your time there.
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San Francisco el Grande Basilica

1 Calle de San Buenaventura, 28005, Madrid
This church is part of the Franciscan Monastery and famous for its extravagant frescoed dome. In the basilica you will find impressive paintings by Zurbarán and Francisco de Goya, which are not only a must for art lovers! Commissioned by King Carlos III, the basilica was built in 1760 and once served as the National Pantheon. It is not the first church to occupy this site. One of his predecessors was even associated with the person of St. Francis of Assisi. The hotel is located in the La Latina district, a short walk from Plaza de la Cebada. This place is easily accessible by metro - the nearest stations are La Latina and Puerta de Toledo.
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Crystal Palace

Paseo República de Cuba, 4, 28009 Madrid, Spain
What once served as a showroom for biological artefacts from the Philippines is now used as an art gallery. Designed by R. Velázquez Bosco, the palace was built in 1887. Although the structure was designed to be moved after the exhibition, it remained in its original location overlooking an artificial lake in El Retiro Park. You can rent a boat and take a scenic drive on the lake with stunning views of the Crystal Palace. Located in the middle of the park, the nearest subway stations are Retiro, Ibiza and Atocha.
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Naval Museum

Paseo Prado, 5 28014 Madrid, Spain
This museum offers an insight into the history of the Spanish navy from the 15th century to more recent times. The large collection includes many artifacts such as maps, paintings and boat models. The aim of this museum is not only to guide you through the history of the navy, but also to learn about Spanish rulers and former colonies. Do not miss the map of Juan de la Cosa, the first map of America, one of the highlights of the exhibition. The nearest subway station is the Banco de España (line 2) near the Plaza de Cibeles.
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Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid

2 Plaza Murillo, 28014, Madrid, ES
This garden, founded in 1755, was designed not only to exhibit plants but also to teach botany: the plants and flowers were arranged according to Linnaeus. It includes several greenhouses and more than 90,000 plants and flowers. The entrance to the garden is located next to the Prado Museum.
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Paseo del Prado

About 600 meters long, this boulevard is one of the most beautiful places to take a stroll in the whole Madrid. It's lined with trees and interesting sights such as the magnificent Neptune's Fountain. It is also listed among the Spanish Property of Cultural Interest by the Spanish government. The boulevard has a rich history dating as far back as the 16th century. Even today, it serves as something of a cultural hub, with several art galleries located near it. The easiest way to travel to or through the boulevard is by bus, with several bus stops located all across it. There is also an exit of the metro line number 1, called Atocha, at the southern end of the boulevard, and an exit of the metro line number 2 at its opposite end.
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Sports

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Madrid
The colloquially known as El Bernabéu football stadium is the third largest in Europe. It was opened in 1947 and is today the home of Real Madrid. Four European Cup finals took place here. You can take part in a tour of Bernabeu that guides you through the stadium and also visits the changing rooms and the "Best Club in History" room. The stadium is easily accessible by metro - the nearest station is Santiago Bernabéu.
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Las Ventas Bullring

Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid, Spain
This grand structure designed in a Moorish style serves as a bullring and an arena. It really gets going here from March till end of October. If you are interested in this controversial Spanish sport, this is your chance to witness it live. The place also offers guided tours with a presentation of toreador techniques and bullfighting demonstrations.
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Madrid Cable Car

1 Paseo del Pintor Rosales, 28008, Madrid, ES
If your legs hurt, then why not to take a cable car from Paseo del Pintor Rosales to Casa de Campo? Exciting journey and views guaranteed. Once you are all the way up, you can enjoy a nice picnic with a great view. There is also a large playground to entertain your children.
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Vicente Calderon Stadium

67 Paseo de la Virgen del Puerto, 28005, Madrid
Once called Manzanares Stadium, this place used to be home to the famous football (soccer) club Atlético Madrid. Though the stadium still houses the club's offices, it is no longer open to the public and will be demolished soon. Atlético de Madrid Park is going to be built on this spot.
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Bullfighting Museum

Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid, Spain
Come here to learn more about the Spanish controversial tradition of bull fighting. The museum offers a very informative exhbition that will guide you through the history of this traditional sport. One of the highlights of the museum is probably a potrait of Belmonte, by a famous spanish artist Vázquez Díaz.
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Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

Metropolitano Stadium, also referred as Wanda Metropolitano for sponsorship reasons, is a stadium in Madrid, Spain. It has been the home stadium of Atlético Madrid since the 2017–18 season. It is located in Rosas neighbourhood in the San Blas-Canillejas district. The stadium was built as part of Madrid's unsuccessful bid to host the 1997 World Athletics Championships, and was opened on 6 September 1994 by the Community of Madrid. It was closed in 2004 due to the city's bid for the 2016 Olympics. In 2013, it passed into the possession of Atlético Madrid, who played their first game there on 16 September 2017. The stadium had a capacity of 20,000 spectators upon its closure and re-opened with a seating capacity for 67,703. It will host the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.
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Atlético Madrid Museum

Paseo de los Melancólicos, 67, Madrid 28005, Spain
The museum displays items related to a Spanish professional football club Atletico de Madrid FC. Its exhibtions tries to trace the history of this club, from its founding year in 1903, to more recent achievements. It also includes a trophy room that shows not only the club's trophies, but also actual shirts and various collectibles.
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Ciudad Real Madrid

The Ciudad Real Madrid is the name given to Real Madrid's training facilities located outside Madrid in Valdebebas near Barajas airport. It replaces the old Ciudad Deportiva, which until 2003 was the training ground of the club. The sale of Ciudad Deportiva, under the auspices of Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, led to Real earning approximately €480 million. The complex has been nicknamed, and is known to the players, trainers and club staff as ‘Valdebebas’, and is named after the district of the city where the complex is located. Inaugurated in 2005, the training center consists of academy offices, equipment rooms, audio-visuals rooms, a strength and rehab center, and medical and training facilities, as well as 12 and one third fields - three full size synthetic turf fields and four full size natural grass field for the youth, and for the…
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Metropolitano Stadium

Metropolitano Stadium, also referred as Wanda Metropolitano for sponsorship reasons, is a stadium in Madrid, Spain. It has been the home stadium of Atlético Madrid since the 2017–18 season. It is located in Rosas neighbourhood in the San Blas-Canillejas district. The stadium was built as part of Madrid's unsuccessful bid to host the 1997 World Athletics Championships, and was opened on 6 September 1994 by the Community of Madrid. It was closed in 2004 due to the city's bid for the 2016 Olympics. In 2013, it passed into the possession of Atlético Madrid, who played their first game there on 16 September 2017. The stadium had a capacity of 20,000 spectators upon its closure and re-opened with a seating capacity for 67,703. It will host the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.
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Restaraunts

San Miguel Market

Plaza de San Miguel, Madrid
This market is a crown jewel of the city center of Madrid. It is full of delicious food, nice smells, interesting sights and sounds. There is probably no Spanish food that you would not find in this market. From fresh seafood and famous jamón to many freshly made ice creams and sangrias, this place has it all. Be prepared, this place is very popular with tourists and it can get crowded pretty quickly. If you want to enjoy your food without fighting for a place to sit, you should come early. Also, some of the stalls offer can be a bit overpriced, so be sure to check the entire market before you buy anything.
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Chocolatería San Ginés

5 Pasadizo de San Ginés, 28013, Madrid, ES
Join the queue of many tourists and visit the best chocolate shop of the city in the heart of Madrid. Since 1894 we serve you hot chocolate with freshly roasted churros. You can also buy your own chocolates and candy bars, which is a perfect gift.
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Museo del Jamón

18 Plaza Mayor, 28012, Madrid
This restaurant and shop specializes in Iberian cuisine and puts a special emphasis on jamón - the traditional Spanish dry-cured ham. Great place for meat-lovers. The restaurant offers great group menus that are supposed to be shared and that will guide you through some traditional dishes, paired with great wine or beer.
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La Mallorquina

C/ Mayor, 2, Madrid 28013 Madrid, Spain
Located in the very heart of Madrid, at a corner of Puerta del Sol, this café is really something. Opened in 1894, it now has a long tradition of making typical Madrid pastry and it also has a beautiful vintage interior. Be sure to try their Napolitana de crema.
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San Anton Market

Calle de Augusto Figueroa 24, 28004 Madrid, Spain
This recently renovated food market is the perfect choice when looking for some local cuisine and products. Smaller and not that popular as Mercado de San Miguel, this place is usually not that crowded.
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Café Gijón

Paseo de Recoletos, 21 28004 Madrid, Spain
Be sure to stop by at this café that was in the very centre of Madrid's history. Opened in 1888, intellectuals used to gather here over a cup of coffee. You can now enjoy signature menus in the café, offering modern dishes made from local products.
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San Ildefonso Street Market

57 Calle de Fuencarral, 28004, Madrid, ES
Another popular food market in Madrid. Come here to taste some of the traditional Spanish dishes, tapas and also local wine. This market also organizes annual Street Food Fest.
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Corral de la Morería

C/ Morería, 17 28005 Madrid, Spain
Corral de la Morería is a nonchalant restaurant which regularly hosts great flamenco shows. They serve traditional Spanish cuisine with a modern twist, made from fresh and local products. Start with some tapas, then choose from a number of fish and meat, pair it with excellent wine and finish with "postre", which means dessert in Spanish.
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Museo Chicote

Calle Gran Vía, 12 28013 Madrid, Spain
Museo Chicote is a truly cult bar for sophisticated drinking devotees. It was founded in 1931 by the famous Spanish bartender, Pedro Chicote, hence the name. This place is said to be serving the best cocktails in the city and that if you want to know what living in Madrid actually means, you need to visit this bar.
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Going Out

Royal Theatre

Plaza de Isabel II, Madrid, ES
Also known as El Real, this architectural masterpiece serves as a major opera house in Madrid. Even though the main genre staged here is opera, you can also see ballet performances here every now and then. If you want to experience more than just the performance, you may join one of the guided tours of the theatre, that will show you both the stage and the rehearsal rooms. It is a great way of learning something about the history of this place and also about how such theatre operates every day.
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Calle de las Huertas

Calle de Las Huertas, Madrid, Spain
This street full of bars and clubs is one of the Madrid's prime nightlife areas. When exploring this area, you can hop in some of the best bars and restaurants in the city, see some flamenco shows, or visit a house where the famous Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, died.
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Velázquez Palace

Parque del Buen Retiro, Paseo Venezuela, 2, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Located in El Retiro Park, this exhibition hall that was once used as a museum promoting ceramics and glass-making, is now dedicated to temporary exhibitions of Spain's National Museum of Modern Art. Named after the architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, the museum also organizes a number of seminars, lectures and dance performances.
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Mür Café

2 Plaza de Cristino Martos, 28015, Madrid
Everyone with a sweet tooth will love this café because of their unbelievably delicious homemade desserts. This two-storey café also has an interesting interior, a mixture of rustic and industrial styles. Serving breakfast and brunch, as well as beers and cocktails, this place is perfect both for enjoying a meal and going out in the evening.
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Las Tablas

Plaza España, 9 28008 Madrid, Spain
Las Tablas is a spacious bar where flamenco performances, jazz concerts and puppet shows are held. A nice place to dance your night away, popular among tourists and Madrilenos alike. You can come and enjoy a flamenco show, or pair it with a dinner, and have both cultural and dining experience.
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Tablao Las Carboneras

Calle Conde de Miranda 1, 28005 Madrid, Spain
Located in the basement of a historical palace in the heart of Madrid's traditional district, this popular bar and restaurant serves traditional Spanish cuisine and regularly holds spectacular flamenco performances. If you want to enjoy some great food with live performance, this is the place to go. The place also holds regular art exhibitions.
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Athenæum of Madrid

Prado 21, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, this historical building houses a highly regarded and reputed scientific, literary and artistic institution which promotes culture and science in Spain. Even if some of the areas are still used for research and cannot be accessed, there is still a lot to explore. The Portrait Gallery displays a unique collection by Spanish artists, such as Madrazo and Rosales. It also houses a restaurant.
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Matadero Madrid

What once used to be a slaughtehouse, is now a lively art and cultural center organizing various events and displaying contemporary art. There is also a cinema and a concert venue.
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Conde Duque

This large space offers any cultural event you can think of. It has several exhibition halls, a theater, an auditorium, a cinema, all of them promoting young artists.
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Hiking

Juan Carlos I Park

Glorieta de Hamburgo 28042 Madrid, Spain
The second largest park in Madrid, named after Juan Carlos I of Spain, is famous for its collection of modern sculptures. It's ideal for picnics and walking dogs. If you want to explore this extensive park, you can take a little tourist train, operating throughout the whole year. This place also holds an annual Music MetroRock festival.
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Playing

Sabatini Gardens

Calle de Bailén 2, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Enjoy the tranquility of these gardens next to the Royal Palace. They are arranged in a beautiful layout and represent the neoclassical style. They were opened to the public in 1978 and today serve as an ideal place for a break from sightseeing in Madrid. Among other things, you can visit labyrinths in the gardens, see some sculptures or just sit and enjoy the view of the façade of the Royal Palace. Why Sabatini? These gardens should be reminiscent of the famous Italian architect Francesco Sabatini, who once designed the stable of Madrid's stables. The gardens also serve as an open-air stage for the annual Los Verano de la Villa, where various performances, especially flamenco, take place. It's easy to get here - just next to the gardens there is a bus stop (lines C1, 25, 39, 46, 75 and 138).
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Madrid Zoo Aquarium

Casa de Campo, S/N 28011 Madrid, Spain
Fantastic combination of a zoo and an aquarium with a lot of talks and tours. There are over 6000 animals and also Giant Pandas and White Tigers! You can't miss the animal shows - organize your time at the zoo to see at least the dolphin show - definitely worth it!
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Faunia

28 Avenida de las Comunidades, 28032, Madrid
This place is something between a nature park, a zoo and a botanical garden. Faunia is full of animals that you can observe or even pet. The park is devided into several ecosystems, such as jungle, African forest and poles. There is a great variety of activities to witness - from educative talks to animal shows.
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Relaxing

Plaza de España

Plaza de España, 28008 Madrid, Spain
This square in the center of Madrid is dominated by a dashing monument dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and completed in 1957. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are nearby. Next to the square are two of Madrid's most famous and tallest skyscrapers - the Torre de Madrid and the España Building. It is also a popular meeting place and many sights such as the Palacio Real and the Temple of Debod are nearby. Easily accessible by metro - the nearest train station is Plaza de España.
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El Retiro Park

Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain
El Retiro is a former royal park that was opened to the public at the end of the 19th century. In this haven of peace, you can admire the Crystal Palace and the monument of Alphonso XII, or just take a walk and rent a boat to enjoy a romantic ride on the lake. Be sure to look for the beautifully shaped trees in the garden - you'll know it's them as soon as you see them. Another interesting sight in the park is the fallen angel, who is said to be the only sculpture in the world devoted to the devil.
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Plaza de Oriente

Calle de Bailén, 17, 28013 Madrid, Spain
This square was commissioned in 1844 by King Joseph I and designed by Narciso Pascual y Colomer. This beautiful rectangular square extends between the Royal Palace and the National Theater. The square is lined with 44 sculptures depicting Spanish monarchs. The most impressive of them, however, stands in the middle of the square: the striking bronze statue of Felipe IV on a horse modeled on a work of art by Velázquez. The front part of the statue is hollow so as not to fall forward. The easiest way to access this place is via the subway. The next stop is Ópera.
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Madrid Atocha Train Station

Plaza Emperador Carlos V, 28045 Madrid, Spain
The station opened in 1851 is a fascinating place - the old building hides a tropical garden and the new extension is an architectural masterpiece. The interior of the station is said to resemble more an airport than a conventional train station. Atocha Station is a busy place, as it is the main point of connection with many major cities in Spain. You would like to visit Seville, Barcelona or Valencia? Get into one of the AVE high-speed trains here. To get to the city from Atocha, you can use the subway. Station Atocha Renfe is actually part of this complex. If you need help, contact one of the participants at the information desks. There you will receive information in English.
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Forest of Remembrance

The Forest of Remembrance, formerly known as the Forest of the Departed, is a memorial garden located in the park of El Retiro in Madrid, Spain that commemorates the 191 civilian victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the special forces agent who died in the attacks on 11 March 2004. The seven suicide bombers subsequently killed themselves on 3 April 2004 while under siege by security forces in their apartment block. The new name, Bosque del Recuerdo, was chosen after the survivors and the victims' families argued that those killed are for ever present and have never departed from their hearts.
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Rosaleda Gardens

This beautiful garden is full of roses of various colors and shapes, hence the name. Best to be visited in May and June, when the flowers are in bloom. Also, a contest for the best rose takes place here every year. Each winner is carefully planted in the garden and given a little plaque.
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Buenavista Palace

Calle de Alcalá, 51 28014 Madrid, Spain
Buenavista is a majestic palace which houses the general headquarters of the Spanish army. Built in 1767, it used to be the residence of the Dukes of Alba. The interior is very flamboyant and the gardens are lovely. You can also witness changing of the guards in front of this palace.
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Parque de El Capricho

The Parque de El Capricho is a park in Madrid. The name means "the folly" in Spanish. It was created by María Josefa Pimentel, Duchess of Osuna on her estate at Alameda de Osuna, which was then outside the city of Madrid. It is landscaped in eighteenth-century style with formal and naturalistic features. It is recognised as one of the most beautiful parks in the city.The landscape design shows some English influence. Characteristically of continental gardens in the English style, there are a number of "eye-catchers" such as a hermit's house. Other features include a lake and a maze.
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Pantheon of Illustrious Men

The Pantheon of Illustrious Men is a royal site in Madrid, under the administration of the Patrimonio Nacional. It was designed by Spanish architect Fernando Arbós y Tremanti, and is located in Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Atocha in the Retiro section of Madrid.
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Shopping

Rastro Market

Madrid
This famous flea market has to be seen to be believed. El Rastro is one of the largest flea markets in Europe and is located in the historic part of the city. Often mentioned in songs and literature, this place is a must if you want to feel like a true Madrileño. There are dozens of stalls that sell almost every day and attract thousands of visitors. Although you can find both new and used products on the market, most of them are local and handmade, which makes a unique gift or souvenir. The busiest time to visit Rastro Market is at 11am.
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Gran Vía

The place to go if you want to shop in Madrid. In this huge street, mentioned in various songs and films, are impressive buildings that house shops and offices. It is also the place for nightlife with many bars, clubs, theaters and cinemas. There is something to do at any time of the day, so do not hesitate and come here to have fun. Nearby there are many interesting sights - eg the Plaza del Callao or the monastery Las Descalzas Reales. When walking, look out onto the street - the facades of the buildings must not be missed.
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Plaza de la Cebada

Calle Humilladero, 28005, Madrid
This square was once an important historical site, with several executions in the 19th century. Since then, the image of the place has changed several times. Where once there was a public swimming pool, construction of a new sports center started. Unfortunately, due to the economic crisis and the lack of finances, it was unfortunately not completed soon. The citizens of Madrid decided to claim the place for themselves and organized joint events to give the square a lively atmosphere. Since then, the Plaza de la Cebada has been a meeting place for the entire neighborhood of La Latina.
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Fuencarral Street

Not only this street, but the whole district is every shopaholic's haven. Lined with numerous shops, you can find everything from alternative and modern fashion to skate shops and tattoo saloons. If you fancy something to eat, you can hop into some of the many hip eateries and cafes nearby.
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El Corte Inglés

Calle Preciados 3, 28013 Madrid, Spain
The biggest department store group in Europe ranking fourth worldwide, has its headquarters in Madrid. In addition, being founded in 1934, it is Spain's last department store chain still in operation. Come and marvel at the widest selection of goods you can imagine, from groceries and electronics to designer fashion.
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Calle de Serrano

Named after a Spanish duke and statesman, Francisco Serrano, this street is one of the most popular shopping areas in Madrid. Sometimes also known as the ‘Golden Mile‘, it is home to stores of the most luxurious brands, both local and international. And if you fancy some gourmet dining, this is the place to go.
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Harina

Plaza de la Independencia 10, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The best thing about this café is the view of Puerta de Alcala, but it doesn't end there! They bake their own bread and make awesome brunches!
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Museum of Lázaro Galdiano

122 Calle de Serrano, 28006, Madrid
José Lázaro Galdiano´s collection of art from wide range of periods, including paintings by great painters, such as Bosh, Constable, Goya, and others.
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Sightseeing

Main Square

The central square of Madrid is from a bronze statue of King Philip III. Dominated from the year 1616. What used to be a place of execution and bullfighting arena is today the scene of numerous events throughout the year, such as concerts, games and festivals. This popular hangout is lined with cafés and restaurants that offer a beautiful view of the square. Here you can taste a culinary specialty of Madrid - a calamari sandwich. Be prepared, however, that the restaurants are usually quite expensive. Plaza Mayor is within walking distance of Puerta del Sol and San Miguel Market.
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Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol, Madrid
The most famous central square is the official starting point for Spain's 6 national roads. It is also the most frequent meeting place, lined with many remarkable buildings and shops. In this square are several attractions such as the statue of Charles III. From Spain, the illuminated shield of Tío Pepe on one of the buildings and one of Madrid's most famous sculptures - the sculpture of the bear and the strawberry tree - this is also the symbol of the city and is represented differently throughout the city.
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Plaza de Cibeles

Plaza de Cibeles 28014 Madrid, Spain
The place has become one of the most iconic places in Madrid and is an absolute must for every tourist. This neo-classical complex contains architecturally interesting buildings, such as the Cybele Palace and the Bank of Spain, as well as the Cybele Fountain, named after the Phrygian goddess of nature and also protector of the Spanish capital. The fountain, designed by Ventura Rodriguez, was built in 1782 and is a dominant part of the square. When you're in town, when Real Madrid win a championship, it's the place where fans and players come together to celebrate victory together. An experience not to be missed. You can arrive here by metro, station Banco de España, line 2.
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Almudena Cathedral

Plaza de la Armería, Madrid
The cathedral is located on the site of a medieval mosque and today serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. The goal of Madrid's first Catholic cathedral was to overwhelm the faithful. Well, the goal has been achieved because the mix of architectural styles is really something out of the ordinary. It also houses many interesting paintings. The Cathedral also houses a museum that takes you through the history of Almudena and where you can discover various historical artifacts, such as manuscripts and garments. You can also visit a neo-Romanesque crypt. The nearest subway station is Ópera.
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Fountain of Neptune

Plaza Cánovas Del Castillo, 28014 Madrid, Spain
The neoclassical square was built in the 18th century and decorated with the Neptune fountain designed by Spanish sculptor Juan Pascual de Mena. This location is close to many interesting attractions, such as the Prado National Museum, the Congress of Deputies and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. It is especially worthwhile during the night, as it is beautifully lit. If you're in town when Atlético de Madrid wins a championship, this is where all the fans celebrate and party together with the players. The nearest subway station is Banco de España.
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Alcalá Gate

Madrid, ES
This magnificent monumental gate, commissioned by Carlos III, is the most notable sight of Independence Square. It was built in 1778 and represents the neoclassical style. If you think this gate resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, you are right. The gate of Alcalá is similar to these gates and it was the first modern triumphal arch built in Europe. Fortunately, it was not extensively damaged during the Civil War, but it has never been completely repaired so you can still see the markings. There is also a famous Spanish song inspired by this monument, La Puerta de Alcalá.
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Segovia Viaduct

Calle de Bailén, 12 28005 Madrid, Spain
This viaduct, one of Madrid's most beloved landmarks, is a 19th-century architecture wonder, but it is also known as the bridge of suicides. Although the viaduct should be built in the 18th century, its construction was discontinued due to lack of funds. It was finally completed in 1934. In order to prevent frequent suicides, transparent screens were erected in 1998 on the sides of the viaduct. This place, sometimes called simply "El Viaducto", is a place of filming by Almodóvar and is often mentioned in Spanish literature.
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Monastery of Las Descalzas Reales

3 Plaza de las Descalzas, 28013, Madrid
This impressive royal monastery was once one of the richest in Europe and was later inhabited by many wealthy young widows and maidens. The founder of the monastery, Doña Juana, was born in this building in 1535 and her grave is now in one of the chapels. Among other interesting things to see inside, look at the frescoes and tapestries. This place can only be visited by a guide. Within walking distance of the Church of San Ginés are the nearest underground stations Gran Vía, Sol and Santo Domingo.
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Church of San Ginés

13 Calle Arenal, 28013
Admire one of the oldest standing churches in Madrid that breathes with history. Some sources indicate that this church dates from the 9th century. The church contains paintings by famous artists such as Alonso Cano, Luca Giordano and el Greco. The famous Spanish playwright Lope de Vega was also baptized here. Among other interesting and sacred artifacts in this church, one can also see a very special one - a stuffed crocodile that was probably brought here during the reign of King Ferdinand II of Aragon. Right next to the church, Chocolatería San Ginés serves traditional churros with hot chocolate. You can reach us from the subway stations Sol (lines 1, 2 and 3), Opera (lines 2 and 5) and Callao (lines 3 and 5).
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Traveling

Madrid-Barajas International Airport

Madrid-Barajas Airport Avenida de la Hispanidad.s/n 28042 Madrid Spain
The largest and busiest airport in Spain and the sixth largest in Europe. It was built in 1927, has four terminals and is 12 km from the city. The airport offers a free shuttle service between the four terminals. Subway Line 8 departs from all terminals and the ride to the city center takes about 12-15 minutes. The number 203 bus goes directly to the center of Madrid and takes about 40 minutes. A single ticket costs 5 € (free baggage allowance). The buses run every 15-20 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night. You can find taxis outside all terminals. Official taxis are white with a red stripe and the coat of arms of the city of Madrid on the doors. Wi-Fi is available at the airport, the first 30 minutes of use are free.
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Chamberí Station

Plaza de Chamberí, Madrid
Closed in 1966, this metro station now serves as a museum. Discover the history of Madrid metro dating back to 1919 here and admire beautiful period ads made of tiles along the station. Sometimes called also Chamberí Ghost Station, trains still pass through this place, only the platform is no longer used.
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Atocha

Atocha is a station on Line 1 of the Madrid Metro and is located in Fare Zone A. It was opened to the public on 26 December, 1926.
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Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3

Madrid, ES
Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 is a station on Line 8 of the Madrid Metro next to terminal T2 of Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, in the Madrid district of the same name. It is located in fare Zone A. The station opened to the public on June 14, 1999 under the name Aeropuerto. The line was opened by the King and Queen of Spain along with the chairman of the Community of Madrid. Construction of the station the expansion of line 8 were funded by the European Union Cohesion Fund. On May 3, 2007 the station was renamed Aeropuerto T1,T2,T3, after the Terminal 4 extension opened.
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La Latina

Madrid, ES
La Latina is a station of Line 5 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in the Barrio de La Latina, part of the district Centro.
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Madrid Chamartín railway station

Madrid, ES
Madrid Chamartín is the name of the second major railway station in Madrid, Spain. Positioned on the north side of the city, it was built between 1970 and 1975, although subsequent work would be carried on into the early 1980s. At that time it superseded Atocha station, located closer to the city centre. After Atocha itself was rebuilt in 1992, Chamartin lost much of its importance, even though since 2004 it has undergone changes to accommodate the new high-speed line to León. It hosts the railway networks connecting Madrid and north-western Spain, the AVE from Madrid to Segovia, Valladolid and León and many Cercanías lines, plus the international line to Lisbon. There are also connections with Atocha. Under the railway station there is a Metro Station linking with lines 1 and 10 of the Madrid Metro, also for travelling to Madrid city centre.
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Chueca

Madrid, ES
Chueca is a station on Line 5 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in Zone A. It gives service to the Chueca square, known as Madrid's LGBT area.
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Sol

Sol is a station on Line 1, Line 2 and Line 3 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in Zone A and is the most central station on the Metro, located at the Puerta del Sol square. Because of its location, it is one of the busiest stations of the Madrid Metro.
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Barajas

Barajas is a station on Line 8 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in fare Zone A.
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Hotels

Ok Hostel Madrid

24 Calle de Juanelo, 28012, Madrid, ES

Hotel Francisco I

15 Calle Arenal, 28013, Madrid

Hotel Ópera

2 Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 28013, Madrid

Dear Hotel,

80 Gran Vía, 28013, Madrid

Petit Palace Mayor Plaza

46 Calle Mayor, 28013, Madrid

Hotel Preciados

37 Calle Preciados, 28013, Madrid

Hotel Tryp Gran Vía

25 Gran Vía, 28013, Madrid, ES

Tótem Hotel Madrid

23 Calle de Hermosilla, 28001, Madrid

Hotel Villamagna

22 Paseo de la Castellana, 28046