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Madrid, the capital city of Spain!
Madrid, the capital city of Spain
With over one thousand years of history, Madrid is one of the Spanish cities that best reflect the mixture of cultures that have passed through it. Start in Old Madrid to see the imprint of the Royal House of Habsburgs at the Plaza Mayor (main square). Over time, the square has served as market place, outdoor theatre, bullring and even a place for executions.
From the Plaza Mayor, walk through the southern arch (Arco de Cuchilleros), to arrive at the Calle de Cuchilleros. This street symbolises the Old Madrid, with old-fashionned shops, old bull-fighting posters and bodegas (wineries). Look out for the oldest restaurant in the world, Sobrinos de Botin. Continue to Plaza de Segovia Nueva, passing in from of the San Isidro cathedral, before arriving at Plaza de la Cebada, southward. Next to it is the Latina district, famous for its market and tapas bars. Take the Carre San Fransisco street to reach the Basilica San Francisco, before walking northward on Calle Bailen to reach the Cathedral of Almudena and the Royal Palace. From this place, you will get the best view of Madrid.
One of the things that most characterises Madrid is its intense social life.
There are countless options for having a good time: going for a beer and eating tapas, enjoying a tasty cocido (typical stew), a concert or a show… And of course, this city offers interesting museums such as the Thyssen Bornemisza museum, if you like impressionist paintings from painters including Van Gogh, Matise, Monet and Pissarro.
A wonder city like Madrid is an invitation for shopping. Calle Fuencarral, north of Gran Via, is lined with trendy fashion stores while Spanish high-street brands cluster around Puerto del Sol.
Madrid Visitors and Convention Bureau
Plaza Mayor, 27 28012 Madrid
Tel: (+34) 91 701 22 10
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.
Getting to and from Madrid
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Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Madrid can be found.