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Madrid, Spain’s already beautiful, feisty capital is being further invigorated, the aim being a cosmopolitan centre to rival the world’s best. The development is not all bricks and mortar – Madrid is now officially one of the “greenest” cities in Europe, with flowers, fountains and trees springing up everywhere. What is unchangeable however, is Madrid’s cultural heritage: the Prado Museum houses one of the world’s greatest art collections, including masterpieces by Velasquez and Goya. The medieval Plaza Mayor is the place to be seen in the evening, order sangria and watch the passing parade. Browse in El Rastro, a flea market bursting with intriguing bric-a-brac. Save up energy for the evening though, because this is when Madrid comes alive.
For art lovers. Home to some of Spain’s most famous artists like Goya, Dalí and Gaudí as well as some of the world’s best like Picasso.
The Royal Family spend very little time there so it’s almost always open for you to wander through many of the rooms and banquet halls which are extremely lavish.
Used to be the Royal Gardens and definitely worth wandering through or stopping for a picnic. There are many street musicians and performers, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers and jugglers to entertain you.
It’s a wonderful big square which looks its best at night. It is full of cafés; sit and watch the world pass you by.
Try Gran Via and Calle de Serrano for great shopping. El Corte Ingles, the Spanish department store chain, sell everything and the best sale time is May-July. Or stroll down Calle de Serrano for some excellent shoe shopping.
Wander down the Paseo de Recoletos to the Atocha train station and see some wonderful fountains, cafés and sculptures.
It’s a popular visit on a Sunday morning. It is also open on Saturday, which is generally quieter, and you never know what you are going to find. Just keep an eye out for pickpockets.
For a truly memorable experience book the dinner and show at Torres Bermejas. The dancers are passionate and you can’t help but be swept up in their emotional performance..
A great place to start out the night. The bars and clubs in and around the Plaza are popular with tourists and locals and really warm up around 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a 3 our tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample up to 10 delicious tapas dishes at four popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more.
A true melting pot of cultures: Christians, Jews and Muslims have all left their mark on this beautiful medieval city. Check out the serene convent church of San Juan, the chains of the Christian slaves, the remarkable Transito Synagogue and walk the winding cobbled streets.
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