Madrid – Historic Spanish Capital

Madrid is one of the art and culture capitals of Spain – with over 73 museums throughout the city for visitors to go to to learn about the rich history and culture of Spain. (Some of the tops ones including: The Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia National Art Centre) Always look into the hours of operation for museums before you go – many of them have certain times when it is free to enter.

Madrid is one of the greenest capitals throughout all of Europe, boasting major parks all over the city. Visitors must check out Parque de Retiro which is where Spanish monarchs used to spend their time. It includes beautiful scenery, pubs, eateries, and a pond on which to go rowing. There is also the Casa de Campo and the Juan Carlos I Park.

As with any village, town, or city in Spain – visitors must check out the Plaza Mayor.

What better place to go for Spanish cuisine than Madrid? There are so many different pubs, restaurants, and tapas bars in which to take a “pincho,” or small finger food which is usually eaten with a refreshing beverage. The traditional way of doing so in Spain is to order a round a drinks that comes with a tapa and then to move on to the next pub. However, if you are going out for a full meal in Madrid – you must try cocido (which is basically a chickpea casserole with chorizo and cabbage and a delicious broth.) It is Madrid’s (and one of Spain’s) most famous dishes.

After enjoying tapas, you can continue drinking refreshing beverages until around midnight when Madrid really comes alive. It is famous all over the world for its nightlife which lasts until early morning. There are clubs and bars all over the city all with a different flair.

There are things for every budget and for every kind of traveler in Madrid. If you are interested in planning a trip to Madrid then…

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