Things To Do In Madrid, Spain

Madrid is often called the most gorgeous city in Europe – due to its fascinating history it became a great city with luxurious architecture, interesting museums and beautiful landscapes – although Madrid is a historical city, today it is recognized as a fun place to work and study.

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Getting to Madrid

You can get direct flights to Madrid flying into Madrid-Barajas Airport the main international airport situated just 9km from the city centre.

However if you are considering touring Spain in your own car then taking a ferry to Spain would be the best option. We found that http://www.ferryonline.co.uk/ferry_destinations/spain.htm  compared the ferry prices so you can choose, if travelling from the UK to take a ferry from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santander, it does mean a 400km drive but you will be experiencing so much more of Spain as you drive through its towns and villages.

When you enter the city there is no doubt that you will be amazed by its beauty – Madrid is almost like an open air museum, each building reminds you of a museum exhibit.

One of the best ways to explore the city is to take a sightseeing tour, and make sure you visit the many different squares such as Palacio de Real, Plaza mayor and Plaza de Espana.

For art lovers Madrid has a long list of must-visit museums, my favorite being Museo del Prado – this museum has an impressive 500 year-collection of Spanish art!

There are more than 100 paintings, 700 sculptures and 2 000 decorative objects. Works by Goya, Velasquez, Raphael, and Rembrandt can also be found on the walls of this museum.

Apart from cultural spots Madrid is famous all over the world as a big party center – the cosmopolitan city organizes numerous unforgettable parties, events and concerts throughout the year

If you want to feel the whole spirit of the nightlife in Madrid – hit the road towards Chueca.

Chueca is known as the central gay district in the city: Pubs, bars and nightclubs are open here throughout the night – the district is always filled with merry people who dance on the street and make you party with them.

When you’re in Madrid it would be a crime not to visit a Flamenco bar. Flamenco is the most famous dance in Spain and Madrid is believed to be its hometown.

Each district has its own flamenco bar where you can enjoy a passionate performance and at the same time taste some of deliciously flavored Spanish food.

The last but not the least thing to do in Madrid is closely connected with a last name Bernabeo. Santiago Bernabeo is believed to be a legend of the city as he founded one of the grandest stadiums in Europe – Santiago Bernabeo stadium.

The stadium is home to the most prominent football team in the country: Real Madrid.

Even if you are in the city when there is no game you can always order a sightseeing tour around the stadium – this way you will get to the most sacred place of the stadium like its changing rooms and the coach room.

All in all, the entire city has too many places to visit – and even if you manage to do all these things in one visit, you will still want to come back for more…

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Rachel