Madrid: elegant, historic and regal
Quick facts about Madrid
Spain’s elegant capital, Madrid, is famous for its boulevards and parks and as a center of world’s most renowned art museums. Prado Museum hosts works of Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish and European masters. Reina Sofia Museum hosts one of Picasso’s best works – Guernica. Madrid is also very modern city that offers great restaurant and night life experience and famous Gran Via street is lined up with shops for high end shopping experience.
Puerta de Alcalá. Neoclassical monument in a shape of 5-arched triumphal gateway. Located in the Plaza de la Independencia in Madrid. The first modern triumphal arch in Europe. Palacio de Cristal. A glasshouse conservatory built in 1887 and housing contemporary art. Located in Buen Rettiro Park. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. One of the world’s most famous football stadium, opened in 1947 for Real Madrid FC and has a capacity over 81,000 spectators. Offering guided tours and trophy roo.
Plaza de España. Landmark square in Madrid lined with ceramic tiles. Featuring sculpture of Miguel de Cervantes, water fountain and a pond and nearby skyscrapers. El Rastro. Every Sunday and public holiday, this open-air flea market is open for people to buy and sell random goods. It is originating from middle ages. Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. Famous bullfighting arena located in district of Salamanca. Can seat more than 23,000 spectators.
Barrio de La Latina. Historic neighborhood, located on the site of a medieval Islamic fort, featuring narrow passages filled with tapas bars and cantinas. Plaza de Oriente. A large, monumental square in historic center of Madrid. Located between the royal palace and the opera house and featuring fountain, green area and several cafes and restaurants. National Archaeological Museum. Neoclassical mansion housing artifacts from time to 19th century, including cave art and Islamic pottery. Sharing the premises with National Library.
From other attractions in Madrid, we recommend: Cybele Palace, Real Jardín Botánico, Madrid Río Park, Calle de Alcalá, Madrid Zoo Aquarium, Casa de Campo and Manzanares.
Top things to do in Madrid
You can, of course, visit world top museums and famous landmarks from the list above, take a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or go on a bike and foodie tour to many local restaurants with amazing food and wines. Daily trips to nearby cities are also recommended.
If you want to really experience Spanish culture and way of life, we also recommend taking some cooking classes, where you can learn to make Paella, Tortilla and Sangria. Enjoy!
Festivals and events in Madrid
Interesting facts about Madrid
Best time to fly to Madrid
The peak season for flights to Madrid is July, August and September. The low season for purchasing tickets is January, February and November.
Madrid is served by Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport. Direct flights to Madrid are offered by 51 airlines.
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