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Attractions in Madrid

To get an overview of the major historical buildings and sights you may want to take a day trip with the sight seeing bus which allows you to hop on and off as much as you want along the way. The main sights for travelers to Madrid's is undeniably the old city centre with all the historic buildings. These include the Royal Palace, the Opera, the Royal Theatre, The National Library, The Banco España building and the three famous art museums The Prado Museum, The Reina Sofia Museum and The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. Madrid also has many great monasteries and more than 100 churches.

The Spanish atmosphere in which many fall in love with, can be found everywhere in the city on the small sidewalk cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and plazas.

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace in MadridPalacio Real, The Royal Palace, is perhaps the most popular sight for tourists traveling to Madrid. The Royal Palace is located right in the historical Madrid and many of the other historic attractions are located in close proximity to the royal palace. The Spanish royal palace is considered one of the finest in Europe. The royal family themselves are no longer living in the magnificent castle, but in the Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of Madrid. The palace is being used during official ceremonies and many of the state halls are open to the public. The palace in its present form was built in 1764 and has a floor area of 135,000 m2. The original palace burned down and therefore it was decided that the new palace was to be built in stone. There are 3.418 rooms in the palace. Some 40 rooms are open to the public and they are all so lavishly decorated that that you will loose your breathe.

Entrance: €11
Opening hours: April-September 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. October-march 10 a.m. -6 p.m.
The palace may be closed without notice at official events. Always check the palace own websites before you plan your trip there.
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Campo del Moro

Below Palace is a park named Campo del Moro which at one time was the hunting grounds for the royal family. The park is designed as an English garden with statues, fountains and planted with acacia trees, chestnuts, cedars, magnolias and palms. Although the park is located just below the royal palace, one must go a long way along Calle Bailen and Cuesta de San Vicente to get there.

Plaza Mayor

Madrid Plaza MayorPlaza Mayor is a place where one can relax and enjoy a good tapas. Plaza Mayor can accommodate 50,000 people and is often used as a gathering place for concerts, performances, festivals, markets and demonstrations.

Around the Plaza Mayor there are boutiques, restaurants and small bars. Plaza Mayor was originally outside the city walls and the place has a long history. The buildings are currently mostly being used by the city council, but has previously hosted the Spanish Inquisition, it has been used as an executions ground and there has been bullfights here. There are a number of historic buildings, each with its exciting history. The Tourist Information Centre is located at the Plaza Mayor.

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Parque del Retiro

Parque del Retiro Madrid parkIf you get tire of historic buildings and the big city's hustle and bustle, you can pay a visit to Madrid's largest park, Parque del Retiro, located right in the centre. The residents of Madrid ary use this park diligently and it has baroque statues, fountains, ponds, bright castles and French gardens. At the lake, Estanque you may rent a rowing boat. Around the park there are small kiosks where you can buy refreshments. On Sundays there is always lots of happenings in the park that caters to families. There is puppetry, pantomime artists, jugglers, circus performances and much more.

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Museums in Madrid

Pradomuseet MadridFor art lovers, Madrid is an amazing city to visit. Madrid is home to several excellent museums with world-famous paintings.

Museo del Prado
Prado Museum's strength is Spanish paintings. The museum has 140 works by Goya and 50 works by Velázquez. In addition to the Spanish painters, they also have a great Italian and Flemish collection where we find famous artists like Angelico, Raphael, Boticello and Rubens.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed 1. january, 1, may and 25. december.
Entrance: €15. Free entrance Monday-Saturday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
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Centro de Arte Reina
Reina Sofia museum includes Spanish art from the 1900s and 2000s. Here are works by Picasso, Miró and Salvador Dalí among other. In addition to the permanent exhibition there are also temporary exhibitions from around the world. The most famous single painting at this museum is Guernica by Pablo Picasso.
Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesdays closed.
Entrance: €8
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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is focused on European art from the 1200s to the 1900s. It has works by Rembrandt, Renoir and Van Gogh among other. The art Collection was built up by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son and was acquired by the government in 1993. In 2004, it opened a new wing where the Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection is on display.
Opening hours: September-June Tuesday til Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
In July and August the museum is open until midnight. The musum is closed 1. january, 1. may and 25. december.
Free entrance every Monday between Mid day and 4 p.m.
Entrance: €12
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Real Madrid

Many tourists are travelling to Madrid to watch the football matches of Real Madrid, or to get a tour at Real Madrid's football stadium, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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Festivals in Madrid

Easter celebration in Spain
  • The carnival in Madrid starts 40 days before Easter.
  • Easter celebrations in Spain are completely different than in UK. The streets are filled with processions where large thrones with statues of Jesus and Virgin Mary are being carried through the streets and the city is filled with onlookers.
  • May 2 - Dos de Mayo. Celebration of the uprising against the French occupiers that led to the Revolutionary War.
  • 12 to 16 May - San Isidro, the city's patron saint, is celebrated including the world's largest bullfighting festival. The city is filled by clubbers in traditional costumes. A plethora of cultural events and exhibitions. The festival's website:
  • June / July - La Semana Orgullo - Madrid's Pride Week
  • In August, there are three consecutive festivals, San Cayetano, San Lorenzo and La Paloma. You can read more about these three festivals here:
  • 6 to 8 August - San Cayetano
  • 10 August - San Lorenzo
  • 15 August - La Paloma
  • 9 November - Virgen La Almudena
  • In October there is the Fiesta de Otoño - a harvesting feast. A number of artists from around the world are giving concerts, dance performances, theater productions etc on the city's stages.
  • December 31 New Year's Eve is celebrated at the Puerta del Sol. Read more about Spanish Christmas traditions ...


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Madrid is Spain's most visited tourist destination and the 4th most visited city in Europe. About 7 million tourists are visiting Madrid each year to enjoy the sights and attractions. The experiences range from historical monuments, museums, art and culture to architecture and intriguing structures, from the city's green parks to amusement parks and experience centers. In addition lots of football fans are coming here each year to see the world's best football team, Real Madrid, playing in the Spanish "La Liga".

With its 3.2 million inhabitants, Madrid is the largest city in Spain and the third largest city in Europe after London and Berlin. Along with its nearest towns the population is about 6.5 million inhabitants. Madrid is Spain's financial and cultural center. Many large Spanish companies have their headquarters here and the city is a mixture of old and modern architecture.

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