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If you're planning a citytrip to Madrid, here's the place to start
Madrid is the capital and political centre of Spain. The city boasts the largest green area per inhabitant in Europe, embedded within a diverse mixture of modern and historic buildings. Known for its many cultural attractions, Madrid hosts some of the regionâ€™s most renowned art collections at museums such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum.
Tourist favorites in Madrid
Buen Retiro Park
The Buen Retiro Park, dating its history back to the 16th century, is one of the largest and most visited parks of the city of Madrid. The park belonged to the Spanish Monarchy until the late 19th century, when it became a public park. The Buen Retiro Park is a large park occupying 350 acres at the edge of the city center, very close to the Puerta de AlcalÃ¡ and not far from the Prado Museum. The park features an artificial pond called Estanque del Retiro, the monument to King Alfonso XII, the Rosaleda rose garden, and several buildings of the Buen Retiro Palace, including CasÃ³n del Buen Retiro and the Salon de Reinos (they now house museum collections).
Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum near the Prado Museum, known as a part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia galleries. Dating from the 1920s, the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum was officially opened in 1992, and now is home to more than 1,600 paintings from the 14th century to the present day.
The Museum Sorolla is dedicated to the life and work of the artist JoaquÃn Sorolla. The museum is housed in the originally artist's house, which was built in the years of 1910 and 1911. Read more
National Archaeological Museum of Spain
The National Archaeological Museum of Spain is a museum located beside the Plaza de ColÃ³n, sharing its building with the National Library. Established in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II, the museum, since 1895, has been housed in the present venue, a neoclassical building designed by architect Francisco JareÃ±o and constructed between 1866 and 1892. It holds a collection, which includes but is not limited to Pre-historic, Egyptian, Celtic, Iberian, Greek and Roman antiquities and medieval objects.
Enjoying an ideal location in the city centre, Apartamentos Blume Cruz Madrid is found in Barrio de las Letras district. The apartments are set near the commercial areas of Preciados and Fuencarral which offer excellent shopping opportunities. The Retiro Park, the Puerta de AlcalÃ¡, El Palacio de Oriente and the Opera are also easily reachable from the property. Furthermore, the nearby Goya and Serrano Streets are lined with fashion shops and elegant bars and you will find plenty of gastronomic dining options at the Mercado de San Miguel and Santa Ana square. Apartamentos Blume Cruz offer you contemporary and stylish self-catering accommodation right in the centre of Madrid, making it the ideal choice whether visiting the city for pleasure or for business. The apartments are housed in a historic building and feature many facilities, such as free wireless Internet access, laundry service and an elevator. A welcome basket featuring a selection of wines from Ribera del Duero is provided.Â Apartamentos Blume Cruz Madrid offer 8 different apartments, each decorated in a different style offering a variety of different themes. They are all equipped with every modern amenity, including air-conditioning and central heating, flat-screen television, a washing machine, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker.
Location. Hostal Buelta is located in Madrid's Paseo del Prado neighborhood, close to Reina Sofia Museum, Prado Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Nearby points of interest also include El Retiro Park and Plaza Mayor.
The hotel Puerta de Toledo is located in a quiet area really close to the historical centre, a stone's throw from the Royal Palace, Royal Opera Theater, El Rastro (flea market), the Plaza Mayor and La Almudena Cathedral. The property is fully air-conditioned and was totally restored in 2005 and features free wireless Internet access available throughout the building, at the 24-hour reception you can ask for different services such as bar, meeting facilities, and the adjacent restaurant which offers a discount to hotel's guests.
Apartamentos Blume Conde Aranda
The Apartamentos Blume Conde Aranda Madrid enjoy an ideal location, in Madridâ€™s Salamanca district, an elegant and sophisticated neighbourhood of Spainâ€™s capital. It is set near such landmarks as the Retiro Park and the Puerta de AlcalÃ¡, and offers excellent shopping opportunities on Goya and Serrano street. They are lined with fashion shops and elegant bars. All the apartments at Blume Conde Aranda Madrid are fully equipped and offer a warm and distinctive style that will make you feel right at home. The apartments are housed in a 19th-century building with an elevator. There is a safe deposit box and a luggage storage room available as well. Each of theÂ 18 apartments of Blume Conde Aranda Madrid is decorated in a different style, with a combination of antiques and moderm furniture, both urban and rustic. They are all equipped with every modern amenity, including Internet access and air-conditioning.
Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo opened in 1994 in the heart of Madrid, close to the Puerta del Sol and the Spanish Congress.
Cardamomo offers a dance and dining experience, where visitors can dine or have a drink while enjoying an emotionally-charged and passionate dance show.
The menu features typical dishes from all around Spain and Cardamomo carefully selects natural ingredients with no artificial additives or preservatives. Specialities include oxtail with a potato puree, veal meatballs or paella.
Cardamomo combines classic flamenco with the latest trends and fashions from the modern flamenco scene.
La Vaca Argentina - Azca
One of the most innovative restaurants in the business area of Madrid, this restaurant resounds with the city atmosphere, bringing together a mix of cold materials and warm lighting. This is a real oasis in the heart of the business district where you can enjoy fantastic classics of traditional Argentinean cuisine from the grill of the skilled chefs. You can see some truly striking decorative elements such as the central corridor's forest of bamboo made of steel. Towards the end, a glass terrace presents you with spectacular views of the Picasso Tower and Azca Gardens.
Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas
Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas is located in the Arco de Cuchilleros, next to the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Founded in 1949, it is one of Madrid's most historic restaurants.
Today, Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas retains its original features. Its name comes from the famous caves that sheltered the infamous 19th century bandit, Luis Candelas, who robbed from the rich to give to the poor.
Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas offers traditional Madrid cuisine, including roasted suckling pig and suckling lamb slow cooked in a wood-fired oven, 'cocido madrileÃ±o' - Madrid's traditional three course stew, oven-roasted hake 'a la cazuela', tripe, or typical Madrid desserts, all accompanied by an extensive wine list. The historic Las Cuevas restaurant will take visitors back in time.
La Vaca Argentina - Ribera del Manzanares
An early 20th century detached house hosts a discreet restaurant located just by the river Manzanares, close to the Principe Pio railway station and shopping centre. A mixture of seasonal specials and selected Argentinean beef cuts, sirloin and T-bone, are all served in a peaceful environment with a garden terrace. It is an ideal stop after a stroll along the river banks.
Ernie's Station is a hamburger joint straight out of 1950s America. Diners can create their own hamburger combinations by selecting a wide variety of extras and garnishes. There are also Tex-Mex dishes on the menu as well as excellent classic hot dogs. A unique experience in the heart of Madrid!