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Why Visit Madrid, Spain

The capital city and largest Spanish municipality, located on the Manzanares River right in the very heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain. It is the residence of the Spanish monarch and two world-famous soccer clubs: Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid.

Along with a modern infrastructure, the city has one of the most important historic centers of all the great European cities. Madrid managed to preserve many of its historic neighborhoods and streets and has many jewels of 16th and 17th-century architecture.

Begin your acquaintance with the city with a stroll down the magical historic center, called the Madrid de Los Austrias, and traverse the spectacular Plaza Mayor Square which is one of the most visited places in Spain.

The "aristocratic center" of Madrid is located nearby with the 17th century the Royal Palace and the Plaza de Oriente Square being its main gems. The stunning Royal Palace is the official home of Spain's royalty, and the enormous Baroque complex actually offers visitors inside entrances to check out some of the rooms, including the throne room.

Continue to the famous site which should surely be part of your Madrid tour, the Puerta del Sol Square, surrounded by a diverse area of shops and the renown statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, adorning this square. Next, we suggest exploring the "Paseo del Arte" art route, the name of which name derives from the world-class museums, palaces and gardens located here.

Some more key landmarks that cannot be missed on your Madrid itinerary are the Royal Theater and restored 1850 Opera House. For a relaxing walk, it is advisable to spend time in the charming Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631, as well as to stop by the gorgeous City Hall, called Cibeles Palace, easily recognized by its adjacent Fuente de Cibeles, a fountain with a carriage with lions. For a touch of history, head down to the National Library building which was founded in 1712.

What's for renown top-notch Madrid museums, make sure to save some time to stop by the Prado Museum as well as the Reina Sofia Museum. Are you ready to experience the treasures of one of the greenest capitals in Europe?

Best Things to Do During Madrid Travel

  • Experience the grandeur of Madrid's Royal Palace
  • Stop by the symbol of Madrid, the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree on Puerta del Sol
  • Traverse the old districts of the city, Madrid de los Austrias and Madrid of the Bourbons
  • Enjoy world-class art in the Prado Museum

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