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Holidays in Spain: visit Madrid

January 1, 2021

Rural Spain has a lot of interesting things to offer, but sometimes they can satisfy you more. Great architecture and culture have taken millions of tourists to Spain every year. One of the cities worth visiting is Madrid.

Now, Madrid already knows the potential of the tourism industry. Madrid competed to host the 2012 Olympic Games, but London finally won the competition and had host the Olympic Games.

Madrid being the capital of Spain, is a city full of many people. It's almost like being in New York. With all traffic jams and people lying around, very easy to get lost in the city. Madrid is also home to some of Spain's most beautiful architectures.

What to visit in Madrid

Madrid is full of interesting sites, clear examples are the Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía street, the Royal Palace, the Temple of Debod, the Puerta del Sol, Retiro Park or the Puerta de Alcala. If you enjoy the art scene, then Madrid offers you everything you can dream.

This is the case of the famous Prado Museum, located in the Paseo del Prado. It is an old palace of neo-classical style by Juan de Villanueva. Its construction was finished during the reign of Ferdinand VII. Shows works by El Greco, Ribera, Tiziano, Rubens, Goya, Rembrandt, or Murillo, among others. It is one of the different museums of the city, essential to see in Madrid.

Another interesting museums to see in Madrid, is the Reina Sofía Museum, where we can contemplate different works such as the case of the Guernica by Pablo Picasso. This scene tells the story of the attack on the city during the Spanish Civil War.

There are different things to do in Madrid. We can find all kinds of shows, from concerts of music, to see a bullfight or to go to a Flamenco Tablao. If you are a sport lover, especially football, it is a good opportunity to visit the football stadiums, Wanda Metropolitan and Santiago Bernabeu, if you are lucky enough to get a ticket in order to enter.

Interesting places to see in Madrid outdoors, we have the Casa de Campo, a large forest in the city of pines and cedars, place where you will find the Parque de Atracciones and the Zoo of Madrid. Located in the municipality of San Martín de la Vega, 29 kilometres south of the city, is located the Warner Theme Park, a place of enjoyment for children and adults.

Another interesting place to visit, is without a doubt the Retiro Park. This park is located in the heart of the city, full of trees and gardens of great beauty. In its central part is a beautiful lake, next to the Monument King Alfonso XII. It is a place very visited by numerous visitors, especially on sunny days.

In the gastronomic aspect the restaurants and bars in Madrid offer typical Madrid gastronomy, as is the case of the famous stew and tapas or portions of squid, corns, tortilla of potatoes, anchovies in vinegar, kebabs skewers and potatoes bravas. For breakfasts, it is highly recommended to take some good churros or truncheons with coffee, a real delicacy for the stomach.

One of the most visited sites in Spain is El Escorial. It is very close to the center of Madrid and it will take you about 30 minutes to get there. You must see the Valley of The Fallen while visiting El Escorial. The monument was built to honor those who died in the Spanish Civil War.

Without a doubt, Madrid is a very interesting place to visit on our next vacation, where we will enjoy all kinds of activities: art, gastronomy, sporting events and different attractions.

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