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In the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, surrounded by mountains and natural parks, Madrid is an irresistible destination full of cultural and leisure offers. Spain's largest city houses famous museums, art galleries, elegant buildings, and charming squares. Home to two world-class football teams, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, the capital of the Kingdom of Spain also boasts unique neighbourhoods, bustling nightlife, and scrumptious cuisine. Packed with energy and character, Madrid is a city that will satisfy most travellers' desires.

To Do & To See

Plenty of things to do and see

Exterior view of the Prado Museum. Madrid. Spain.

Prado Museum

The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is deservedly one of the most famous museums in the world. Since the gallery first opened two hundred years ago, its collections have grown to include over 7000 paintings (although only around 1500 are currently on display). The collection includes Spanish art from Velázquez and some dark works of Goya, as well as some works by several Flemish masters: Peter Paul Rubens, Pieter Bruegel, and Anton Van Dyck.

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Young woman a photo camera and taking picture in Plaza Mayor square, Madrid

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor is the main square of Madrid, measuring approximately 130 by 95 meters. There are no less than nine entrances to this majestic plaza. It is a great place to sit down, have a coffee, and people watch.

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Park Buen-Retiro in Madrid

Buen Retiro Park

In Spanish, this park is called "Jardines del Buen Retiro" or "Parque del Buen Retiro", which means "the park of pleasant retreat". It is, with its 350 acres, one of the largest parks in Madrid and became open to the public in the late 19th century—before that, it belonged to the Spanish royal family. Some of the things you can enjoy here, with the right timing, are puppet shows, book fairs, and free concerts. You can also rent a rowboat and paddle your way around the Estanque, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage.

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side view of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid with Miro statue

Reina Sofía Museum

The third gallery in the Golden Triangle of Art, which includes the iconic Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Art Centre, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, is housed in an enormous former hospital dating from the mid-18th century and has since added striking glass and steel external lifts. The collection consists mainly of Spanish works from the 20th century—the most famous of which is, without doubt, Picasso's "Guernica".

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

The biggest royal palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid, has a whopping surface of 135,000 m2 and 3418 rooms. Not only is the building itself a beautiful attraction, but it also offers glorious gardens outside and beautiful frescoes, furniture, and paintings inside. This magnificent creation dating from 1764 was built to replace the Alcázar castle that had burned down thirty years before. Visitors are given access to almost the entire palace, including the Armoury and Pharmacy.

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Spanish Fans for Sale in El Rastro flea market in Madrid, Spain

El Rastro Flea Market

El Rastro is said to be the largest flea market in Europe with some 3,500 stalls covering the winding streets of the oldest residential part of Madrid. Remember that the real finds are mostly located on one of the side streets, and always keep a close eye on your belongings, as it is a popular area for pick-pockets.

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