The Heart of Spain
Located in the centre of the Iberian Penninsula, Madrid is the capital city of Spain, the seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch. While Madrid is a modern, thriving European city, it has retained much of its historic architecture, managing to remain uniquely Spanish without feeling archaic.
The main attractions of Madrid are the museums, such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia National Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art; and the classic Spanish architecture, seen predominantly surrounding the large public squares dotted around the city. The Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor and the Plaza de la Ville are three of the largest and most popular tourist attractions, along with one of the biggest palaces in Europe, the Palacio Real.
Madrid boasts an exciting nightlife, one of the most vivacious in Europe, as well as other uniquely Spanish pursuits, such as Flamenco at the Coraral de la Moreria or at Las Tablas, or you can still see matadors in action at the Las Ventas Bullring, the birthplace of Bullfighting.
- Check out the Mercado de San Miguel: This bustling marketplace is home to various eateries and over 30 vendors selling a large range of fresh produce.
- The Home of Real Madrid: See a football game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium; it seats over 80,000 people and is one of the most impressive football stadiums in the world.
- Embrace the Culture: Learn the culture of tapas and siestas, and keep in mind that the nightlife doesn't kick off untill later in the night.
- The Golden Triangle of Art: Three museums on the Paseo del Prado make up the Golden Triangle of Art. a highlight is the Valazquez Collection at the Prado Museum.
- Witness Los Galacticos in Action: One of the most famous Football clubs in Spain. Real Madrid is packed so full of stars, they are nicknamed The Galactics.
- Atocha Station is well worth a visit; the 19th century building features indoor tropical gardens, fish ponds and turtles.