Full of cultural options and owner of a unique architecture, Madrid yields unforgettable experiences in a dynamic, busy and, at the same time, traditional city.
Madrid, manages to keep its past alive and at the same time be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Tourists are enchanted by the buildings that mark the evolution of the city, such as the Royal Palace and Puerta de Alcalá from the 18th century and the Catedral de la Almudena from the 19th century. But the city is also moved by the bustling streets and very proud of its own culture.
Its architecture is remarkable, with imposing buildings and monuments scattered throughout the city. the capital of Spain also yields shopping trips, gastronomy and trips to nearby municipalities, such as toledo, the austere monastery-palace of El Escorial and, a little further away, the walled city of Ávila.
The city has some of the most famous museums in the world and makes a point of extolling them. They are Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Prado, which has more than 15 thousand pieces in the collection. In addition, Madrileans love to sit in bars and restaurants and eat delicious appetizers, tapas, and a sweet that Brazilians already love, churros.
Another way to get to know more about the daily life of the locals is to frequent meeting places like the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol, is to party in neighborhoods like La Latina, enjoy the theaters and shows of Grand Via or take a leisurely stroll enjoying the green areas of parks such as Retiro and Oeste.
In addition, just walking through the streets of the city to get in touch with a great regional love: football. The city is home to two of the biggest teams in the world, the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. That's why a tour of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Olympic Stadium in Madrid also stands out among the tourist spots.
Located on the banks of the Manzanares River, the capital of Spain has established itself as the cosmopolitan center of Europe. Madrid remains historic, but increasingly modern, rich and vibrant. The low buildings, the flowery squares, almost all with fountains, the parks, the ramblas form a setting worthy of a movie. Everywhere, there are good options for tours and entertainment. Its rich cultural tradition includes parties, dances, great museums, good food and lots of clubbing.
The many squares and wide avenues of the main Spanish metropolis were made for strolling. Be sure to breathe fresh air and enjoy the greenery in the city's parks. One thing is certain, the Latin atmosphere and the tourist vocation of the city make Brazilians feel at home!
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What to do in Madrid:
– Royal Palace
The Royal Palace maintains works of art and rooms decorated to receive the Spanish royalty since 1561. Installed in an old medieval fortress, today it is used only as a space for events for the royal family. It is open for visitation. The property is surrounded by the lush beauty of Jardins del Campo del Moro
– Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol
Discover Plaza Mayor, one of Madrid's main tourist attractions and home to several government buildings. Puerta del Sol, in the central area of the city, houses historic statues, ground zero and is one of the main meeting points on festive dates, in addition to concentrating several lively bars and restaurants.
– Grand Via
Gran Vía is the main avenue in the city of Madrid. During the day, it is full of people in the stores, as well as workers passing by – so it is always lively. Don't miss a stop there when you want to take pictures or shop. The night is a good place to enjoy the plays, watch shows or eat in one of its restaurants.
– Prado Museum
The main museum in Madrid and has more than 15,000 items in its collection, including works by artists such as El Greco and Goya, in addition to being the home of Velázquez's painting “Las Meninas”. The venue has both permanent and temporary exhibits, so plan your route and pick your favorites because it takes days to go through all the rooms.
– Retreat Park
Very frequented by Madrid residents to relax, practice physical activities and boat trips. One of the main attractions of the park is the Palácio de Cristal, which was built in 1887 with an iron and crystal structure with the aim of being a greenhouse for plants, but which today hosts several exhibitions.
– Almudena Cathedral
Built between 1879 and 1993, it is marked by the different architectural styles of history. The building measures 102 meters in height and is the most important church in Madrid.
Other places to visit in Madrid:
- Petrópolis Building
- Madrid Olympic Stadium
- Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
- la Latina
- Reina Sofia Museum
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
- San Miguel Market
- Puerta del Sol
- Puerta de Alcalá
- Plaza de Espana
- Plaza Callao
- City hall
- Temple of Debod
- Calle Preciados
- Calle Carmen
- Grand Via
- Calle de Fuencarral
How to get to Madrid:
Brazil has several direct flights to Madrid. Upon landing at Barajas International Airport, there are three economical ways to get to the Center: bus, subway and train.
Best time to visit Madrid:
Madrid is an excellent destination all year round, it just depends on the traveller's preferences, as during the winter the city lives between 0°C and 15°C and the thermometers reach 40°C in the summer. For those who like a middle ground, the months with milder weather are May, June, September and October.
Where to stay in Madrid:
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