Flamenco, spicy food, legendary football teams and larger than life culture: this is Madrid! There are so many things to explore in the opulent capital of Spain, it is impossible to get bored. Madrid is the ideal travel destination all year long for a perfect getaway, just to have a little bit of taste of the carefree Spanish lifestyle.
Visiting fascinating museums and art galleries is an absolute must when in Madrid, so you have to start your visit with the famous Art Triangle. The Museo del Prado is one of the most interesting museums in Europe with a unique art collection to die for. Of course, do not forget to check out the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza as well. If you are looking for something more hip and young, then the urban art of Madrid will surely impress you. The art scene is so lively in the city, you will bump into an exhibition by young artists in every other bar and restaurant.
For something special you might want to visit the El Rastro, the greatest local flea market every Sunday. You can find rare vintage clothes, vinyl, books and of course a lot of Spanish antiques. While you shop do not forget to taste the most famous local delight: churros!
Of course, Madrid is all about having a fiesta: check out the famous Malasana neighbourhood and discover the best music clubs and bars. From vintage style tavernas to modern bars you will find everything here. The nightlife is huge in the Spanish capital so boogie the night away!
The park is a popular spot among Madrileños, it is home to a boating lake, all kinds of interesting monuments and gardens, the beautiful Crystal Palace and the Royal Observatory of Madrid. Next to the lake is the monument to King Alfonso XII, featuring an equestrian statue. The Fallen Angel is the only public statue in the world dedicated to the devil himself, as it rises 666m above the sea level.
The Prado Museum is one of the world's most visited museum of fine arts and gallery of the most famous Spanish painters. The museum was opened in 1819 as the exhibition of the Spanish Royal Collection. The museum displays works of the great European masters such as Tiziano, Rubens, Goya, Boticelli and Raffaello. Moreover, we can also admire such masterpieces like 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch or the 'Self Portrait' by Albrecht Dürer, and we will still see only a smaller part of the exhibition. Prado is an amazing experience for the fine art lovers.
The Egyptian temple, which stands in the heart of Madrid, is the city's oldest monument. Originally built in the 2nd century BC, but it stands here only from 1972. The temple was donated by the Egyptian government to Spain in 1968, as a sign of gratitude for saving some ancient temples and ruins, which were in danger thanks to the construction of the Aswan Dam. If the Spanish archaeologists in the Unesco team didn't work to save the monuments, it would otherwise have disappeared forever. You can admire the Palacio Real and the capital's most amazing sunset from here.
The easiest way to get around Madrid. The 12 lines serve almost 300 stations. Different types of tickets can be bought for public transport, but the smartest choice is a tourist card, which can be bought for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days.
More than 200 lines serve Madrid every day. In most cases, you can board the buses on the front door. Buses run overnight too, night lines mostly leave from Plaza de Cibelles.
Compared to other European capitals, taxi in Madrid is relatively affordable. All cabs are painted white, with the flag of Madrid on the driver's door. Available taxis have a 'Libre' sign or a green light on their top, those can be hailed anytime. The price list indicates daytime fares with 1, night fares with 2.
There is a clock in Puerta del Sol, the central square of the city which has a tradition. On New Year's Eve, exactly at 12:00 AM, you must eat twelve grapes in order to have a prosperous new year. At the same place, you can find the Kilometre Zero of Spain and the Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, which has become the symbol of Madrid.
Chocolatería San Ginés, the best-known non-stop churros buffet of the downtown, has been offering crunchy churros and coffee specialties since 1894. Photos on the wall prove that Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar tried this sweet delicacy here. The guarantee for its quality is the popularity of the place, getting a table might take some time!
Picasso's Guernica is kept in Reina Sofía Museum, which he painted as an act of public protest against the bombing of the Spanish city Guernica by German and Italian bombers in 1937. The painting has become a worldwide symbol of antiwar, showing the Spanish civil war and the deaths of innocent civilians.
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