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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

El Corral de la Pacheca

El Corral de la Pacheca offers a wonderful selection of the purest, sincere and authentic Spanish dance. The beauty of its Castilian architecture, its huge range of facilities and the quality and prestige of the artists undoubtedly make this restaurant one of the most important in Spain. It currently offers visitors a unique live show of dancing and singing. Naturally, the food is unequivocally Spanish. Suggestions from the menu include dishes such as fried fish ?a la andaluza?, lobster and rice chowder, or Galician entrecote.
 

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.
 

La Vaca Argentina - Castellana

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.
 

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 madrileño' - 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 Panza es Primero Libertad

La Panza es Primero is located on Calle Libertad in the heart of Madrid's emblematic barrio of Chueca. The restaurant, which opened in 2000, converted the old wine cellar at this location into an authentic Mexican canteen, decorated with typical objects from Mexican culture, such as a five metre virgin of Guadalupe and a free wrestling ring! At La Panza es Primero diners can enjoy Mexican food, full of the bold flavours, colours and aromas of Mexico combined with Spanish ingredients, creating a happy fusion. Diners will find friendly and personal service in this colourful and fun restaurant as well as authentic Mexican culture.
 



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