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Madrid: Introduction

Why choose Madrid?


Madrid is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan capitals in all of Europe. You’ll spend your days  in art galleries and wandering around museums, afternoons eating tapas and watching the sun go down, and nights partying with a fun international crowd. Madrid’s culture is steeped in its royal history as the centre of the Spanish empire. Today, you can still see all the palaces and ancient monuments, which stand tall alongside their newer, more modern counterparts. Hot weather, a colourful culture and some of the world’s best food – what more could you ask for in the capital of Spain? With plenty of flights to Madrid, you'll be in this fantastic city in no time! 


 Madrid highlights

The Museum Triangle

Museums and Madrid go hand in hand, and luckily for tourists, they’re mostly all found within close walking distance to each other. In the Museum Triangle, you’ll find the three major art museums – the Museo del Prado, with art collections to rival the Louvre, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, where you can see masterpieces from Money, Van Gogh, Picasso and Lichtenstein, and the Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Centre, the home to Madrid’s modern art collection. There are plenty of other museums worth catching, covering everything from art to archaeology. Here’s a tip: Most museums offer free entry at some point of the day, so do you research ahead and save your Euros for a glass or two of sangria! 


Spectacles and shows galore

Aside from its great bar scene, Madrid also has its fair share of concerts and shows. You can’t come to Spain without seeing a traditional flamenco show, and the country’s capital is where you’ll find the best. Head to the city centre to find the most authentic ‘tablaos flamencos’. For other types of music, there is also the Spanish National Orchestra, the Royal Theatre and the Circulo de Bellas Artes, which offers film, music and theatre events.


Shop ‘til you drop

Madrid shopping

Whether you’re after luxury goods or one-off finds, Madrid has it all when it comes to shopping. It’s often a lot cheaper here than in other places, so you can bag a bargain even in the chain stores. The Sol-Salamanca districts are where you’ll find most of the well-known brands, but for something a little more unique, you can head to the Chueca and Fuencarral Street Area. If markets are more your thing, head to El Rastro on Sunday mornings, Madrid’s largest flea market. 


For the football fans

Of course, Madrid is home to one of the world’s best football teams, Real Madrid. Fans should visit Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s most famous local club, and if you’re really lucky, try to catch a match between their rivals FC Barcelona in an ‘El Clasico’ game. Tickets sell out very quickly, but if you miss out you can still take a tour around the stadium. Otherwise, you can see a game with local rivals Atletico de Madrid, also one of the Spanish League’s most successful teams.


Surrounding areas

UNESCO sites

Just out from Madrid, you’ll find plenty of historic UNESCO World Heritage sites. Alcala de Henares was the world’s first planned ‘University City’ and the original model for the City of God. An hour south of Madrid is Aranjuez with the Palacio Real, where the King of Spain lives. See Spain’s largest monastery in hillside El Escorial, and wander around the former capital of Toledo, a medival city with some of Europe's finest cathedrals.

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