Travel Guide

Madrid – the beautiful capital

Welcome to Madrid – bienvenidos a la capital de Spain and one of the most beautiful cities.

Madrid is the center of Spanish politics, culture and the monarchy. It is home to Spanish monarchy, King Juan Carlos and the rest of the royal family.

Beside the amazing sights in Madrid such as the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol, the city also satisfies with an unforgettable experience in nightlife, bullfighting and last but not least the world-famous football club Real Madrid.

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Travel Info

We provide you with all important information when traveling to Madrid from visa requirements to money issues and health and safety.

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Madrid Climate

Madrid Climate

The climate in Madrid is ideal for travelling. Because of its high altitude Madrid sees slightly unusual, but equally pleasant weather for Spain.

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Aranjuez

Aranjuez

Aranjuez is famous for its massive palace, beautiful nature and some of the best golfing in Spain. Because of its rich history, it was named as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2001.

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Avila

Avila

Avila is one of the most picturesque cities in all of Spain, especially at nighttime when the yellow glow of the old homes illuminate the small town and its historic border.

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El Escorial

El Escorial

El Escorial is one of the most important landmarks in Spain. Inside the premises are the royal palace, the monastery, a museum and a school.

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Segovia

Segovia

Just a half hour drive north of Madrid, Segovia is nothing short of spectacular. One look at the city and you will be happy you made the journey to it. Few places in Spain can match its beauty.

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Toledo

Toledo

No visit to Madrid is complete without a day trip to Toledo, the stunning, historical city along the river Tajo. Less than an hour drive south of Madrid, Toledo should not be missed.

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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Right in the center of the city, the huge square is one of the largest tourist destinations where Madrid life can be seen at all times.

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Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

The Puerta Del Sol or “Gate of the Sun” is the most famous landmark in Madrid. This is often seen as the centre of the city and is where many tourists find accommodations, so they are right in the thick of the action.

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Royal Palace

The Royal Palace of Madrid

It is not the King’s home however, and is more of a symbolic building that is used for government and other ceremonies and events. King Juan Carlos instead lives in the Palacia de la Zarzuela on the outer edge of Madrid.

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Retiro Park

Retiro Park

Retiro Park is perhaps the most appealing open space in Madrid. Originally created to be a royal park, Retiro was opened in 1632 and for over two centuries after that it was strictly accessible only to the royal family.

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Bernabeu Stadion

Bernabeu Stadium & Real Madrid

For Madrilenians their football club Real Madrid is more a religion. The club was started in 1902 and became a global force in the middle of the 20th century dominating soccer in Spain and the rest of Europe.

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Bullfights

Bullfights in Madrid

There are few places in the world where you can witness bullfighting and get the full experience better than Madrid, if there are any at all. With the third largest ring in the world, Madrid is home to the most exciting spectacles of matador vs. bull.

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Flamenco

Flamenco in Madrid

Spain is famous for being the Flamenco capital and Madrid has a long tradition of appreciating this art form for over three hundred years. Some of the most talented Flamenco performers blossomed here, going on to become world-renowned.

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Culinary

Eat & Drink in Madrid

Madrid is famous for their traditional Spanish cuisine, however because it is a busy metropolis you can find all sorts of fine foods and fast food. Due to its central location, Madrid is privy to different kinds of food from all over Spain.

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Nightlife

Madrid Nightlife

Madrid is known for many things but its nightlife should probably be at the top of that list. Going out in Madrid is a truly unique experience because you never know where you are going to end up.

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Shopping

Shopping in Madrid

Madrid has the best shopping in all of Spain. It is littered with fantastic shopping malls all over the city that have the newest designers, the coolest fashions and everything in between.

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Flea Market

El Rastro Flea Market

Madrid is home to the biggest outdoor flea market in Europe, the El Rastro Flea Market. In the center of city this market is enormous and can be overwhelming at first.

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Reina Sofia Museum

Reina Sofia Museum

For modern art lovers this is one of the best museums in the world. There are few art galleries that offer such a wide collection of modernist painters from around the world in one place.

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Prado Museum

Prado Museum

There is no better place in the world to see Spanish art than the Museo del Prado. It is the largest and most well known art museum in Spain and was originally built in the 1700s in the Neo-Classical style.

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Thyssen Bornemisza

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers some of the world’s greatest art from the last eight hundred years at random. It was originally a private collection, one of the largest in the world.

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