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05 July 2013

Guest Post | What to do in Madrid?

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Spain a country known for its many cultural attractions, and from Madrid to Barcelona visitors will find many landmarks and monuments. The city of Madrid is a large cultural city located in the central plateau in Spain. The city's ancient streets are filled with many museums, shops and restaurants that offer traditional dishes.

Visit the art museums.

The city's three main art museums are the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museums and the Thyseen Bornemisza Museum. These three museums form the Golden Triangle of Museums, located near the central Atocha train station and the Retiro Park. There are several other museums in the area, including the Naval Museum and the National Museum of Romanticism.

Walk in the parks.

The Retiro Park is one of the city's main parks. This large parks used to be the royal gardens. The park has many paths decorated with fountains and sculptures. There are many jogging paths, several playgrounds and terraces where visitors will be able to enjoy a drink. The Crystal Palace is a structure built in glass where art events are organized.

Another large park is the Casa de Campo, a large ancient hunting estate located west of the city. Visitors will be able to practice many sports and enjoy a picnic. There is a large lake and a concert hall. The city's theme park, the Parque de Atracciones, is located in the park. The theme park has many roller coasters and water attractions. Next to the theme park visitors will find the city zoo, which has a large aquarium and grounds where animals roam.

Explore the historic city center.

Plaza de Sol is located in the city center. This square is where the city's symbol, the statue of a bear with a madroño tree, is located. There are several shopping areas around the plaza where visitors will be able to buy local and international brands. The nearby Plaza Mayor is another large square, known for its many traditional terraces and stalls.

Visitors can explore the nearby streets, which were built during the reign of the Hapsburgs. These streets lead to the city's Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Gardens.

The city center has many shopping streets. The Gran Vía street has many bars, cafés, restaurants and shops. This street lead to the Plaza de España square and a nearby park where visitors will find the Debod Temple, an ancient Egyptian temple that is a popular meeting spot.

Tapas.

Another way to explore this large city and its culture is by enjoying a tapas tour. Many tapas bars are located in the Barrio de las Letras district, a short walk from the city center, and the La Latina district, several streets away from the historical city center.

Most bars offer complimentary tapas for every drink. A typical tapas spread can include a selection of cheeses, ham and olives. Larger versions of tapas are raciones, dishes designed to be shared. Some of the most traditional raciones are croquetas fried dough croquettes, huevos rotos con jamón fried egg served with fries and cured ham and tortilla de patatas potato omelet.






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