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The Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia Museums are among the most popular in Madrid. Located on a wide avenue with gardens and fountains, all three of them hold one of the biggest art collections in the world. You can admire the works of Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí, Van Gogh, Hopper and Miró, among other artists.
Located in the famous Plaza de Oriente, the Royal Palace is the largest of its kind in Western Europe, with over three thousand rooms inside. There, you can find works by some of the world's most reknowned artists such as Caravaggio, Velazquez and Goya. In addition, on Wednesdays and Saturdays there is the change of guard at the Puerta del Principe (The Prince´s Door), an act that is repeated every 30 minutes and that you should not be missed on your next visit to Madrid.
The ARCO - International Contemporary Art Fair is held every year in Madrid, gathering the latest art trends, research and promotion of the arts. Collecting is another strong point in this large art market.
This spectacular basilica was built in the 18th century and is located in La Latina, one of Madrid's oldest and most popular quarters. It features a large dome 33 meters in diameter, which makes it the fourth largest dome of all the Christian churches, ahead of St. Paul´s Cathedral in London or Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Soar over the city, from its monumental buildings to the large green areas. On the first Sunday of every month, you can also watch the sky at the digital planetarium. The Madrid Cable Car has 80 gondolas and travels 2.5 km, at a maximum height of 40 metres above ground.
With more than 2.200 years of history, this temple is dedicated to the god Amun. Orginally located on the banks of the Nile river, it was gifted to Spain by the Egyptian government in the late 1960s. Now, it is on a pond that recreates its original atmosphere, surrounded by gardens. The Temple of Debod is arguably one of Madrid's most charming places, and an absolute favorite to watch the sunset from.
“From Madrid to the sky”: this was the description of going up 92 metres on panoramic lifts to the top of the Faro de Moncloa, in Madrid’s university district. The former transmission tower affords a view to the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral and Guadarrama mountains.
Mercado de San Miguel is a historical 100-year old market that is located a few meters from Plaza Mayor, in the heart of Madrid. It preserves all its original iron structure and today is one of the main gastronomic markets in the world with a myriad of food stands. Mercado de San Miguel is the perfect sport to take a tour of Spain through its delicious and surprising flavors.
Spanish tradition extends the Christmas season to 6 January, the day when the Three Wise Men arrive in town and put on marionette puppet shows, dances and concerts. The “cavalcade” starts at the San Juan de la Cruz square and ends in Cibeles, through the Paseo de la Castellana and Recoletos avenues.
One of the best known places in the city. Plaza Mayor is the greatest symbol of the so-called “Madrid de los Austrias”. Felipe II commissioned its construction and his successor, Felipe III, whose statue in the center of the square, was the one who finished it. Witness to over five centuries of History, today it is a must-see for those who want to learn more and enjoy one of the most unique locations in the city.
Passionate and intense, flamenco is a typical show in Madrid. From the most obscure tablaos (flamenco restaurants) to the great flamenco halls, artists excite the audience with the expressiveness and feeling in their dance and singing.
There is nothing like a pleasant walk through one of the most charming and lively quarters of Madrid. La Latina, one of the most ancient parts of town, is located right in the city center, on the grounds of a medieval Islamic fortress. Its narrow streets form a labyrinth full of tapas bars and taverns where the popular Rastro, Madrid's most famous market, takes place on every Sunday. There, hundreds of merchants sell all kinds of antiques and a myriad of other products.
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