Madrid Tours, Vacations Packages & Travel Experiences
Madrid is the capital and the largest city in Spain. It is the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin and its metropolitan area is the third largest in the European Union after London and Paris. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government and residence of the Spanish Monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the country to be visited on Spain holidays.
While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of its many historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Madrid is also home to two world-famous football clubs; Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid.
The streets of Madrid are a veritable museum of outdoor sculpture to be enjoyed on trips to Spain. For example, the Museum of Outdoor Sculpture, located in the Paseo de la Castellana, is dedicated to abstract works. The Paseo del Prado has a number of classical monumental fountains.
Many areas of the Buen Retiro Park contain sculptures. Among them are The Fallen Angel by Ricardo Bellver, and the Monument to Alfonso XII, designed by José Grases Riera. Madrid is the European city with the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant and it has the second highest number of aligned trees in the world. Madrid's citizens all have access to large green areas.
Buen Retiro Park, formerly the grounds of the palace built for Philip IV of Spain, is Madrid's most popular park and the largest park in central Madrid. It is located very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city but one can escape very easily to view the more tranquil pastime of pleasure boating which is popular. Atocha Railway Station is the city's first and most central station and also home to a large indoor garden with more than 500 species of plant life and ponds with turtles and goldfish.
The Casa de Campo is an enormous urban parkland to the west of the city, the largest in Spain and Madrid's main green lung. It is home to a fairground, the Madrid Zoo, an amusement park, the Parque de Atracciones of Madrid and an outdoor municipal pool. To enjoy a bird's eye view of the park and city on a holiday in Spain, one can take a cable car trip above the tree tops. Casa de Campo's vegetation is one of its most important features.
The Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid is an extensive botanical garden located in the Plaza de Murillo next to the Prado Museum. There is an important research facility that started life as a base to develop herbal remedies and to house the species collected from the New World.
The Royal Palace is surrounded by three green areas. In front of the palace are the gardens of the Plaza de Oriente; to the north, the gardens of Sabatini and to the west up to the Manzanares River, the famous Campo del Moro. The Campo del Moro Gardens is a scenic garden with an unusual layout filled with foliage and embodies a romantic atmosphere.
Mount of El Pardo is a Mediterranean forest inside the city of Madrid and one of the best preserved Mediterranean forests in Europe. The European Union has designated it as a Special Protection Area for bird-life.
The Prado Museum is a museum and art gallery that features one of the world's finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century. The collection currently comprises around 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 5000 prints and 8,000 drawings. The Prado is one of the most visited museums in the world and is considered to be among the greatest museums of art. It has the best collection of artworks by Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Rubens, Titian, Hieronymus Bosch, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Van Dyck and Albrecht Durer. The Reina Sofía Museum is Spain's national museum of 20th Century art but mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights of the museum include excellent collections of Spain's greatest 20th Century masters, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miro. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is an art museum that fills the historical gaps in its counterparts' collections. In the Prado's case, this includes works from the Italian English, Dutch and German schools including Impressionists, Expressionists, and European and American paintings from the second half of the 20th century. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando functions as a museum and gallery that houses a fine art collection of paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries and is also the headquarters of the Madrid Academy of Art. These are all outstanding art galleries and museums when on Spain holidays.
The nightlife in Madrid is one of the city's main attractions. Tapas bars, cocktail bars, clubs, jazz lounges, live music venues, Flamenco theatres and establishments of all kinds cater to everyone. Every night there is a wide range of live music shows, everything from acclaimed to up-and-coming artists, singer-songwriters to rock bands or jazz concerts.
For dining, there are many restaurants of all types of cuisine in Madrid. You can find not only Spanish food but also cuisine from other countries: Asian food, Chinese food, Japanese food, Italian food and Peruvian food.
Consider an additional stopover to your Spain vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Spain.
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