Located in the center of Spain on the Manzanares River, Madrid is the cultural heart and capital of the country. This colorful city has seen many phases of rule, from the Visigoths to the Muslim empire to Spanish monarchy. Its wealth and dominance is visible everywhere in lavish state buildings and castles built during the reigns of Philip V and Charles III in the 18th century.
Centuries after their construction, Madrid’s palaces and civic buildings still inspire awe. Center yourself at Puerta del Sol before heading off to inspect the gigantic bear statue and the airy towers of the Royal Palace and City Hall. Enjoy the sunshine and people watching in Retiro Park, recharge with a spicy glass of Spanish red wine paired with local specialty paella, and then tackle the Prado Museum. One of the major art collections of the world, the Prado is particularly known for its Spanish masters, such as Goya and El Greco. A city that never sleeps, Madrid’s flamenco performances are sure to inspire you to put on your dancing shoes, and the performances in stunning Teatro de la Zarzuela are worth a return trip.
Known for its design, furniture, and traditional crafts, shopping in Madrid is a heady experience. Stores are often open very late, although it is customary for many shopkeepers to close for an ample mid-day siesta. The Salamanca District provides up-market brands, while the ABC Serrano is housed in a converted newspaper building. The Gran Via has earned comparisons to Times Square due to its combination of beckoning stores and brightly lit theatres. For an entertaining spectacle mixed with bohemian shopping, look no further than the El Rastro weekend market and its stalls brimming with life.
Soccer is huge in Madrid. The city has hosted the FIFA World Cup Final in its magnificent stadium in the past, and its local team, Real Madrid, boasts one of the most illustrious pasts of any team in the world. Catch a home game at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and you won’t regret it.
Get there and away via the Madrid-Barajas International Airport and Madrid’s network of train lines to other Spanish cities. Within the city, the streamlined metro system will save you a good deal of walking.
Cosmopolitan Madrid is full of wonders, and when you book one of our Madrid hotels, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t miss a moment of the action. Our stylish rooms and well-trained staff will make you feel right at home, all at great prices. Book with us today and make the most of your visit to vibrant Madrid.
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