Things to do in Madrid?
Located right in the center of the Iberian peninsula, on the Meseta plateau, the Spanish capital is a city with a global reach, as much for its economic dynamism and its cultural influence as for its popular emblems, such as the Real Madrid football club. Although, for many years, it has remained in the shadow of its Mediterranean rival, Barcelona, Madrid has made a comeback in recent years for one simple reason: the city is packed with magnificent museums, monumental squares, busy shopping areas and delicious traditional markets. It will also delight all those who enjoy Spanish 'fiestas', with a night-life that is hectic to say the least. Watch this space!
Must-see in Madrid
•Madrid will delight art lovers beyond their wildest dreams with several major museums. Let’s start with its jewel, one of the largest museums in the world: El Museo Nacional del Prado, and its magnificent collections of Spanish, Flemish and Italian paintings. Set aside a half day in order to enjoy the 9,000 or so works presented here!
•Two other museums that are a must during your stay in Madrid: the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. The first is a national modern and contemporary art museum, where you can admire, among other things, works by Salvador Dalí and the famous Guernica by Picasso. The second is also an artistic treasure trove that spans eight centuries of European art.
•Make your way to the Puerta del Sol! It is easy to make your way around the city from this central square, a gathering place for Madrid’s inhabitants. To the south-west, the emblematic Plaza Mayor, surrounded by its archways and surmounted by magnificent buildings. Further west, the Palacio Real de Madrid, the largest royal palace in Western Europe. Several rooms are open to the public, as well as amazing gardens.
•Fancy a gourmet stopover? A short walk from the Plaza Mayor, the traditional San Miguel market teases your senses and awaits to delight your palate: the full gastronomic diversity of Spain can be enjoyed here and the tapas are amazing.
•Without a doubt, the neighborhood of La Latina is the most authentic in the city, where it is enjoyable to stroll and spend time on the terraces of its many bars, pubs and taverns. Sunday, is the day for traders with the largest flea market in Madrid, El Rastro. A genuine institution!