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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 region’s most renowned art collections at museums such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum.



Top things to do in Madrid

Buen Retiro Park

The Buen Retiro Park (Jardines del Buen Retiro or Parque del Buen Retiro, literally "Gardens" or "Park of the Pleasant Retreat," or simply El Retiro) is the one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid, Spain. 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 and popular 1.4 km2 (350 acres) park at the edge of the city center, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum.
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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th century art (informally shortened to the Museo Reina Sofía, Queen Sofia Museum, El Reina Sofia, or simply The Sofia). The museum was officially inaugurated on September 10, 1992 and is named for Queen Sofia of Spain. It is located in Madrid, near the Atocha train and metro stations, at the southern end of the so-called Golden Triangle of Art (located along the Paseo del Prado and also comprising the Museo del Prado and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza).
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Plaza Mayor, Madrid

The Plaza Mayor was built during the Habsburg period and is a central plaza in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located only a few Spanish blocks away from another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol. The Plaza Mayor is rectangular in shape, measuring 129 by 94 metres, and is surrounded by three-story residential buildings having 237 breathtaking balconies facing the Plaza.
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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.
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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, or in Spanish Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, is an art museum near the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. It is known as a part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia galleries. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills the historical gaps in its counterparts' collections: in the Prado's case this includes Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools, while in the case of the Reina Sofia it includes Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the second half of the 20th century.
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Recommended hotels in Madrid

San Lorenzo

The hotel San Lorenzo is located in the heart of Madrid, very close to the Gran Vía a commercial street, where you can find the best shops. The property is also within walking distance of the main cultural sights such as the Puerta del Sol, Palacio Real, Parque del Retiro and Plaza Mayor,as well as El Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums. Perfect for leisure and business guests alike, the hotel offers comfortable rooms and high quality services to ensure guests a nice stay in Madrid.
 

Anaco Hotel

Madrid is a wonderful, vibrant, and lively city in the heart of Spain. It is full of interesting activities, with monuments, museums, bull rings, stadiums, and much more to keep you entertained. Madrid is a lovely place to visit. And Hotel Anaco is a great choice of accommodation. This three star hotel is located in the heart of the city, in the Plaza del Carmen. From the hotel it is easy to reach many of the main tourist attractions, such as the Prado Museum, which is a world class art museum with works by Francicsco de Goya and other famous artists. It is also easy to reach the two other museums which make up the golden triangle of art. The Palacio Real, Gran Vía, and Puerta del Sol are also nearby. Madrid is a wonderful place for its culture as well. So you must be sure to enjoy this side of the city. Enjoy an authentic tapas restaurant, watch a bull fight, see a soccer match, or dance all night at a nightclub. After a long day (or night), the Hotel Anaco is the perfect place for relaxation. The hotel offers a restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy a hearty meal or a quick drink. Other amenities include a rental car service, a laundry service, and a lift.
 

Hotel Casón del Tormes

Casón del Tormes is a charming hotel located in a quiet street in the heart of Madrid, between Plaza de España and Gran Vía street, the main commercial and business area of the capital, within walking distance of the principal tourist areas and cultural monuments. The property is completely air-conditioned, and offers a 24-hour reception desk with multilingual staff, Wi-Fi Internet connection in all common areas, a small conference room and a cafeteria. Los Madroños is a refurbished and renewed room, featuring plenty of small details, where guests will be able to have a good breakfast in a spacious and calm atmosphere. At the hotel guests will find a warm hospitality, as well as an attentive and professional service. The accommodation has a defibrillator situated in the ground floor.
 

Abalu

Ideally located in the heart of Madrid, one of the most important European capitals, Hotel Abalu offers a new concept of accommodation, in a charming ambience. This small design property is located a few meters from the Gran Vía, a commercial and financial centre, where you will find cafés, cinemas, tapas, restaurants, theaters. Furthermore, several tourist attractions are easily reachable in a matter of minutes. Upon stepping into the hotel, you will be greeted by a courteous and friendly team of professionals who will pamper you with attentive, personalized service all throughout your stay.
 

Hotel Puerta de Toledo

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.
 

Recommended restaurants in Madrid

La Panza es Primero La Palma

La Panza es Primero on Calle La Palma in the heart of the capital is a sanctuary dedicated to Mexico's infamous sport of free wrestling. The decoration makes clients feel like they have ring-side seats with wrestling masks, posters, wrestling figures, etc. Diners at La Panza es Primero can enjoy Mexican food, full of the bold flavours, colours and aromas of Mexico combined with Spanish ingredients, creating a happy fusion. Service is friendly and personal in this colourful and fun restaurant and visitors will find authentic Mexican culture featuring the heroes and personalities from the world of Mexican free wrestling. Specialities include excellent tortillas – for a taste of the real Mexico.
 

Fábula Buey & Champagne Green Canal

Fábula is at the end of calle Ríos Rosas in Madrid, in the old Santander park, with magnificent views over the new golf course. The restaurant itself is spacious and multifunctional with a large terrace. It is modern, elegant and friendly and offers menus for all occasions, including a children?s menu. There is a set menu on week day lunchtimes which includes dishes such as rice with ?Carabinero? jumbo scarlet prawns and Idiazábal cheese. In the evenings it offers original cuisine accompanied by live jazz from Thursday to Saturday, while at weekends diners can choose from the à la carte. Its ?cocktail show? option allows clients to organise their own bespoke events.
 

El Meson de Fuencarral

Restaurant located in a 19th-century mansion. It has been a restaurant since 1932 (it was only abandoned during the war), and offers typical Castilian cuisine in a rural setting. A roaring hearth during the winter and a summer terrace with views of the mountain range of Madrid.
 

Tablao Flamenco Cardamomo

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 Panza es Primero Argüelles

The second tortería under the La Panza es Primero name opened in December 2008 in the historic barrio of Argüelles in the Spanish capital. The restaurant is warm and welcoming and offers the possibility to enjoy the famous tortas, one of the specialities of Mexico. Diners will enjoy Mexican food, full of the bold flavours, colours and aromas of Mexico combined with Spanish ingredients, creating a happy fusion. Following in the footsteps of other Panzas in the chain, this tortería is decorated with Mexican culture, full of colour and cheer. Little by little, the restaurant is becoming one of the favourites in the district and is also just a stone's throw from one of the city's most popular shopping areas.
 



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