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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 AlcalĂˇ 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 CasĂłn 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 JoaquĂn 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 ColĂłn, 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 JareĂ±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.
The hotel San Lorenzo is located in the heart of Madrid, very close to the Gran VĂa 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 SofĂa 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.
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 VĂa, 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 CasĂłn del Tormes
CasĂłn del Tormes is a charming hotel located in a quiet street in the heart of Madrid, between Plaza de EspaĂ±a and Gran VĂa 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 MadroĂ±os 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.
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.
This is a place with a very personal charm. Evoking the golden days of Argentina, old pictures of well-known artists and politicians, and vast spider chandeliers are among the elements decorating this restaurant. The small private dining areas make this restaurant an ideal place to enjoy daily specials, which almost make up a full menu on their own, or you might just want to come in for their special breakfasts and afternoon tea offers.
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.
Barriga Llena Chueca
The second Barriga Llena in Madrid was opened in August 2008 on Gran VĂa â€“ the perfect location for this type of restaurant. Following in the same footsteps as the other restaurants in the group, Barriga Llena Gran VĂa has a happy and colourful ambience with original decorations featuring Mexican culture. Curious fans hang from the ceiling, which have become one of the memorable characteristics of this restaurant. The other decorations are dedicated to memorabilia of Mexican music groups and artists. Barriga Llena offers authentic Mexican food as well as delicious salads, pastas, soups and meats cooked over the chargrill.
El Boliche BacĂˇn
El Boliche BacĂˇn specialises in chargrilled Argentinean meats cooked on the traditional "parrillada" as well as the freshest shellfish and seafood delivered straight from the Galician coast in northern Spain.
This Argentinean restaurant, which is located in the heart of the Salamanca district in Madrid, has two dining rooms and can seat up to 140 people. Its central location makes it easy to find and there are plenty of 24-hour car parks nearby.
The menu is based around the "parrillada" - the celebrated Argentinean charcoal grill that imparts a wonderful characteristic flavour to the food. The long and varied menu (more than 60 dishes) has something for everyone and for every occasion.
Recommendations include starters of grilled vegetables, morcilla blood sausage or chorizo, or some of the superb Galician shellfish such as scallops, tiny spider crab croquettes or sea urchin eggs. Both the rice dishes and the shellfish taste as fresh as the sea.
El Boliche BacĂˇn goes to great lengths to ensure that its meat and seafood meet its client's expectations and places great emphasis on sourcing the very finest products.
The restaurant received the Best Restaurant Design Award 2005 thanks to its interior decorated in oak (all of the restaurant's furniture is made from oak) and there is a seawater tank so you can choose your own shellfish.
Kupela represents the best of traditional Basque cuisine and its famous cider houses. Located just behind the Spanish Congress, its decoration is typical of the sidrerĂas of northern Spain, where ingredients are always local and of the highest quality. Kupela offers a great location in Madrid to enjoy typical Basque fare such as rib of beef, an unbeatable roast monkfish or the classic salt cod tortilla - always the test of a good sidrerĂa. Kupela is one of the restaurants where the cider is still served directly from the barrel (called a kupela in Basque), capturing all its freshness, which has to be enjoyed as soon as it is poured.