Madrid

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. It is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. The city is located on the Manzanares river in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political center of Spain.

While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain’s historical archives; an archaeological museum; and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.

With its bright blue skies, mild climate, endless days of sunshine, and the exuberant lifestyle of the locals, Madrid never sleeps. The Spanish capital is unquestionably one of the liveliest cities in the world, and what’s more, it forms part of a dynamic region brimming with culture, art and natural beauty.

Geographically situated in the centre of the country, and with great transport links, you can get pretty much anywhere in Spain or Portugal within a few hours. It’s also well connected to Europe and the rest of the world, especially America, by air.

Madrid has been recognised as an important centre of culture throughout history. Great artists from all walks of life have made it their home. Major cultural centres, in both the city and many of its surrounding areas, today house works of art from across the ages. Illustrious figures such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Quevedo, Ortega y Gasset, Marañón and Chueca were born in Madrid. These days, the city is home to big names in sport, science,
gastronomy, fashion and culture.

Madrid is a region open to all those who wish to explore it. It’s a place that brings together a multitude of cultural, culinary, business, leisure and entertainment possibilities, with some of the best and most diverse tourist attractions in the world.

If Madrid is famous for anything, it’s for its cultural events, which are guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding of visitors with more than 200 public theatres. Large, medium and small-scale venues in the capital and neighbouring towns and villages offer the best in theatre, music and dance, with staging that transports audiences to magical worlds, envisaged by great directors and choreographers.

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CiclaMadrid is a 420-kilometre cycling route that connects tourism destinations including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a national park. It is linked to the city of Madrid by a series of routes, some of which utilise public transport to make it easier for tourists to access.

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Traditional, international, avant-garde, fusion, haute cuisine, Michelin stars… there’s food for all tastes and budgets in the region of Madrid. The region is especially representative of the gastronomic boom that Spain has experienced, with Michelin-starred restaurants, old establishments and classic bars coming together to put quality, tradition and innovation on the table

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Madrid is considered a top shopping destination thanks to its wide range of shopping venues, according to specialist reports that evaluate shops, prices and the ease of making purchases, together with the hotels on offer as well as transportation and cultural attractions.

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Madrid’s Streets and Squares

Madrid’s Streets and Squares

Madrid is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. To experience its true spirit, you just have to lose yourself among its lively streets and immerse yourself in its alleys and terraces. In addition to its great cultural offerings, the wealth and quality of its cuisine and its nightlife make it one of the most entertaining cities in Europe.

Madrid is the perfect place to take your family and it’s easy to find not just activities for children, but for the whole family to enjoy. For example, the Museo del Ferrocarril (The Railway Museum), el Museo de Ciencias Naturales (The Museum of Natural Sciences)y el Museo de Cera (The Museum of Wax) appeal to children of all ages…

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The Templo de Debod or Temple of Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple which was rebuilt in Madrid, Spain.

The temple was built originally 15 km south of Aswan in southern Egypt very close to the first cataract of the Nile and to the great religious center dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. In the early 2nd century BC, Adikhalamani (Tabriqo), the Kushite king of Meroë, started its construction by building a small single room chapel dedicated to the god Amun

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The Parque del Oeste (in English: Western Park) is a park of the city of Madrid (Spain) situated between the Autovía A-6, the Ciudad Universitaria de Madrid and the district of Moncloa.

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The Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the King of Spain in the city of Madrid, but it is only used for state ceremonies. King Juan Carlos and the Royal Family do not reside in the palace, choosing instead the more modest Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid.

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Museums and Art Galleries of Madrid

Museums and art galleries

Madrid is an exceptional meeting point for artists from every possible background, and especially Latin Americans, given that Madrid also serves as a bridge between both sides of the Atlantic. Its grand museums and dynamic cultural agenda put Madrid at the forefront of art and culture in Europe.

The Teatro Real (literally Royal Theatre) or simply El Real, is a major opera house located in Madrid, Spain.

After thirty-two years of planning and construction, a Royal Order on 7 May 1850 decreed the immediate completion of the “Teatro de Oriente” and the building works were finished within five months.

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Santa María la Real de La Almudena is a Catholic cathedral in Madrid. When the capital of Spain was transferred from Toledo to Madrid in 1561, the seat of the Church in Spain remained in Toledo; so the new capital – unusually for a Catholic country – had no cathedral.

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Gran Vía (literally “Great Way”) is an ornate and upscale shopping street located in central Madrid. It leads from Calle de Alcalá, close to Plaza de Cibeles, to Plaza de España. The lively street is one of the city’s most important shopping areas

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The Jardines del Buen Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro (literally “Gardens” or “Park of the Pleasant Retreat“), or simply El Retiro, the “Lungs of Madrid”, is the main park of the city of Madrid, capital of Spain. Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro) is a large and popular 1.4 km2 (350 acres) park at the edge of the city center, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum.

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The Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is a famous bullring in Madrid. Situated in the barrio of Guindalera in the district of Salamanca, it was inaugurated on June 17, 1931. It has a seating capacity of 25,000 and is regarded as the home of bullfighting in Spain. This bullring was designed by an architect called Espeliú.

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The Museo del Prado is a museum and art gallery located in Madrid, the capital of Spain. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection.

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Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square, in English) is located in the Alonso Martínez district of Madrid, Spain. This plaza and its fountain commemorate the explorer Christopher Columbus, whose name in Spanish was Cristóbal Colón.

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The Museum of America (Spanish: Museo de América) is a National museum that holds artistic, archaeological and ethnographic collections from the whole American continent, ranging from the Paleolithic period to the present day.

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El Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, literally the Monastery of Barefoot Royals, resides in the former palace of King Charles I of Spain and Isabel of Portugal. Their daughter, Joan of Austria, founded this convent of nuns of the Poor Clare order in 1559.

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The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is an all-seater football stadium in Madrid, Spain. It was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 and is owned by Real Madrid C.F. It has a current capacity of 80,354 spectators.

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