Madrid

About Madrid

Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez, and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry. In the 1970s Madrid became the epicenter of La Movida, a burst of expression in the arts. The Prado forms a “Golden Triangle” with the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Sunday flea market El Rastro is in the medieval La Latina neighborhood, popular for nightlife, theater, and tapas bars. Central square Puerta del Sol houses the statue of the Bear and Strawberry Tree from the city’s coat of arms, while the Museo Arqueológico Nacional displays a vast collection of historic artifacts. Real Madrid, the dominant soccer club, plays at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park, Retiro Park, or simply El Retiro is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid. It is a magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake, and a host to a variety of events, it is one of Madrid's premier attractions. In the Retiro Park is also the Forest of Remembrance a memorial monument to commemorate the 191 victims of the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks.
Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family in the city of Madrid. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. It houses great historical and artistic importance collections preserved in the building such as Royal Armoury of Madrid, porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet.
Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor is a major public space in the heart of Madrid, the capital of Spain. It was once the centre of Old Madrid. The Plaza Mayor is for the people of Madrid and tourists to shop, walk around, eat, and enjoy the outdoors. There is a bronze statue of King Philip III at the center of the square was a gift from the Duke of Florence.
Museo Nacional Del Prado

Museo Nacional Del Prado or Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to many other works of art and historic documents.
Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol is a public square in Madrid, one of the best known and busiest places in the city. The square also contains the famous clock whose bells mark the traditional eating of the Twelve Grapes and the beginning of a new year.
Temple of Debod

The Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple that was dismantled and rebuilt in the center of Madrid. The Debod Temple was dismantled and transported to Spain. The Temple is surrounded by numerous species of plants, trees, and lush, green lawns. The best time to visit Debod Temple is just before the sun sets, ensuring a breath-taking view of the Temple in all its splendor with a beautifully lit sky in the background and see the monument lit up at night.
El Escorial

El Escorial is a town northwest of Madrid, Spain. It's home to La Granjilla, a 16th-century park, and palace created by King Philip II. The park has sweeping views of the neighboring town, San Lorenzo de El Escorial. This town contains the 16th-century Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, with royal tombs and a vaulted library. North, the Valley of the Fallen war memorial was erected during Franco's regime.
Almudena Cathedral

Almudena Cathedral is a Catholic church in Madrid. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. The Neo-Gothic interior is uniquely modern, with chapels and statues of contemporary artists, in heterogeneous styles, from historical revivals to "pop-art" decor. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel features a mosaic from known artist Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik. The paintings in the apse were painted by Kiko Arguello, founder of the Neocatechumenal Way.
Las Ventas

The plaza de toros de Las Ventas, known simply as Las Ventas, is the largest bullfighting ring in Spain, located in the Guindalera quarter of the SalamancaThe price of the seats depends upon how close they are to the arena and whether they are in the sun or the shade. The bullfighting season starts in March and ends in October bullfights are held every day during the San Isidro Fiesta, and every Sunday or holiday during the season. Bullfights start at 6 or 7 PM and last for two to three hours.
National Archaeological Museum of Spain

The National Archaeological Museum is a museum in Madrid. Its current collection is based on pieces from the Iberian Peninsula, from Prehistory to Early-Modern Age. However, it also has different collections coming from outside of Spain, especially from Ancient Greece.
Best Time To Visit Madrid

The best time to visit Madrid is from March to May and from September to October.

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