Madrid

by / Friday, 10 April 2015 / Published in Pack

Madrid is the capital of Spain and combines the most modern infrastructures with a large cultural and artistic heritage. It has one of the most important historic centers of all the great european cities. Its society is  dynamic, high – spirited and friendly, very open minded. Though it has been populated since the Lower Paleolithic era it was not until 1561 that it became the capital of the country.

Art and culture play an important role in Madrid’s cultural life. It holds more than 60 museums, some of them very popular as the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum or the Reina Sofía National Art Center.

Though it is the most populous city in Spain, full of skyscrapers and buildings, it is also full of well maintained green areas and parks, some of which you should not miss when visiting the town as the Retiro Park or the Casa de Campo.

Hundreds of places have to be visited in Madrid including the “Plaza Mayor”, “Puerta del Sol”, “Teatro Real Opera House”, La Almudena Church, the Bank of Spain, the Cibeles fountain or Neptuno fountain to mention some.

The international airport in the capital of Spain has big importance and receives more than 1000 international flights a week. This fact together with the modern trade fair ground in Campo de las naciones and other 80.000 places in other meeting centers in Madrid makes it one of Europe’s most attractive business hubs.

Concerts, exhibitions, the latest film releases, ballets, a select theatrical offering, the possibility of enjoying the best spanish and international gastronomy, savour the taste of its bars and taverns are some leisure options on offer in Madrid.

Traditional shops contrast with leading stores offering top brands in this town where you can find anything you deserve.

Its nightlife is another key attraction due to its big offer of pubs, bars, discotheques, flamenco halls, concerts and so on…

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Location

Thanks to its central location and the great transport connections Madrid is the capital of Spain and a great hub if you are planning to visit Spain.

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What to see

Exhibits paintings from 11th-18th centuries including masterpieces of El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Titian and Bosch. One of the best museums in the world.

Located in an old hospital building it exhibits a collection of art pieces from the 19th century to the present days. It also holds the “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso.

The Villahermosa Palace holds this private collection of paintings covering the gap (14th to 20th century) between the collections of the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía.

Built in the 18th century was designed by prestigious architect Sabatini. The Puerta del Príncipe gateway, The Sabatini and Campo del Moro gardens and its several façades are the main attractions.

It is a symbol of Madrid. The king Felipe III ordered its construction in the 17th century and his bronze equestrian statue adorns the square. Rectangular shape with arcades around the edges. Underneath these arcades you will find traditional establishments holding shops and bars.

The king Carlos III ordered its construction between 1769 and 1778. Designed by Sabatini. The granite gate is 19,5 meters tall and was erected to celebrate the arrival of the monarch at the capital.

In the heart of the Madrid of the Hapsburgs you will find this small square where the Casa de la Villa House, designed by Juan Gómez de la Mora in the 17th century, stands. Firstly used as a prison. Beside you will find the Casa de Cisneros House, a 16th century palace with a Tapestry Room that should not be missed.

Among the most prominent spots, the park includes the great pond with the monument to Alfonso XII, the Casa de Velázquez and the Crystal Palace, the Rosaleda rose garden and the Parterre, boasting one of the oldest trees in Madrid, a Taxodium mucronatum. In 1935, it was declared a Garden of Historic-Artistic value.

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Activities

Museums and the old part of the town are a must see.

Outside the town and within a short driving distance a great number of outdoor activities can be practiced. The “Sierra de Madrid” (the mountains around the capital) offer a wide range of routes to cycle or hike. It also holds a ski resort for the winter time.

During the festivities of San Isidro, patroness of the town, there is one of the most popular bullfighting shows in Spain. The “Las Ventas” bullring is also a must visit.

The biggest soccer club in Europe, the Real Madrid, and the Atlético de Madrid are the two main soccer clubs in town. The Bernabéu stadium holds a soccer museum and watching a soccer game is highly recommended.

Walk through the old town and go into any of the many bars and taverns in Madrid. The “squids sandwich” is a must taste (do not taste it anywhere. When you book we will send you a complete guide with recommendations for all this kind of things).

Warner Bros park is great to visit with children. Several rides and shows are displayed in this wonderful park where to enjoy one or two days with your kids. It is within a short driving distance from Madrid.

Tours

We tailor made all our tours based on our clients likes and dislikes, needs and requirements. Contact us for a FREE and personalized proposal.

We send a complete, comprehensive and personalized guide book with all our bookings with general information about the area you will be visiting, what to see and do, where to eat, maps, places of interest and some other information so you miss nothing when traveling with us.

You can tour your holidays at your own pace in a self-driven tour or get public transport to do it. Tell us all your needs and requirements and we will suggest you the best way to travel around.

We offer guided tours under request. Contact us for further information.

Prices

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