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Madrid

Whether you're after a short break or planning a longer vacation, Madrid is a fantastic destination.

The population of this area of Community of Madrid is roughly 3,300,000.

World-famous attractions like the Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor are just one part of what makes this destination unique.

Hang out with the kids at Parque Warner Madrid and Aquopolis. Want more? Heron City and the Madrid Wax Museum will ensure that the good times keep rolling.

Housed in exhibits along the pathways of the Madrid Zoo Aquarium and the Faunia, a wide variety of critters will keep your group enthralled for hours.

Ready to place a bet? Head over to the Casino Gran Madrid and the Casino Gran Via.

Spend some time feasting your eyes upon the plant species at Crystal Palace and the Royal Botanical Garden.

Pack some lunch and take it easy for a while in the leafy surroundings of El Retiro Park and Parque Norte. There's also plenty of space for a game or two on the grass at the Sabatini Gardens and El Capricho Park.

Turn your phone off and give yourself a break from the stress of the modern world at Juan Carlos I Park and El Raso Lagoon. El Soto Lagoon and El Picon de los Conejos Lagoon are also recommended by nature lovers.

Schedule a visit to some of the many cultural institutions nearby. The Museo Naval and the Cervantes Birthplace Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. Also worth considering are the Museo Tifologico and the Madrid Railway Museum.

Some people think of natural museums as a place to take the children, but the curious specimens of the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Museo de America prove that there's plenty to keep the grown-ups interested as well. The National Archaeological Museum of Spain and the Regional Archaeological Museum are also well worth a visit.

An oasis for art connoisseurs, this area is home to an impressive range of spaces in which amateur and professional artists can display their work. Immerse yourself in the creative atmosphere at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. If you can fit them in, the CaixaForum Madrid and the Cerralbo Museum are also well worth your time.

The past comes alive at the Museo de Historia de Madrid and the Museo Postal y Telegrafico thanks to their range of thoughtful exhibits. The San Isidro Museum and the Royal Armoury of Madrid are also worthy options.

To learn about the area's rich and colorful past, make sure you visit at least one of its many historic structures and monuments. Start the local history tour at the Complutense University of Madrid or the University of Alcala. You might also like to take a few photos at Spanish Senate and the El Oso y el Madrono.

Leave time to have a look at Puente de los Franceses or Puente de la Reina Victoria, two majestic structures that arc across these waterways. Anyone interested in civil engineering will also want to get a few photos of Segovia Bridge.

When it came to designing and building Royal Palace and Royal Palace of El Pardo, you'll see that money was not an issue. Archbishop's Palace and Velazquez Palace are two more stately dwellings that have their fair share of history hidden in the walls.

The area's spiritual side is on display at Almudena Cathedral and San Isidro Church. You may also like to explore the Temple of Debod or San Antonio de la Florida Hermitage.

After touring all the major attractions in and around Madrid, consider visiting a couple of its lesser-known gems. The National Library and the La Casa Encendida are certainly worth a look. If you can fit it in, also think about visiting the Teatros del Canal and the Teatro Fernan Gomez.


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AU$133
Novotel Madrid Center

Novotel Madrid Center

O'donnell 53, Madrid
4.4
of 5, from 441 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The hotel is located in one of the main commercial and residential areas of the center of Madrid, just 5 minutes walk from the Retiro Park and the Puerta de Alcalá. The Paseo del Arte, one of the main cultural centers of Europe, is located 2 km from the hotel, as well as the Puerta del Sol.

AU$273
Hotel Atlantico Madrid

Hotel Atlantico Madrid

Gran Via 38, Madrid
4.6
of 5, from 6,781 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located on central Madrid's main artery, the Gran Via, opposite Plaza Callao, this historical building reflects early 20th-century eclectic style with ornate stucco work topped by a French cupola.

AU$127
Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa

Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa

Princesa 40, Madrid
3.7
of 5, from 753 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

A block from Parque del Oeste's rose gardens, Courtyard by Marriott Madrid Princesa is located in Madrid's historical district and occupies a strategic position close to Plaza de España and the Royal Palace. Argüelles Metro Station, serving 3 lines, is only a 2-minute walk from the hotel.

AU$147
Hotel Emperador

Hotel Emperador

Gran Via 53, Madrid
4.1
of 5, from 1,875 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Grand hotel on Madrid's famous central thoroughfare of Gran Via, less than 1 kilometer from Plaza Mayor, Royal Palace, and Puerta del Sol, and 2 kilometers from the Prado art gallery, and Retiro Park.

AU$90
Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport

Calle de Lola Flores, 1, Madrid
4.3
of 5, from 1,503 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in San Blas-Canillejas, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aquopolis, Madrid Congress Centre, and Golf Negralejo. Las Ventas and Parque Europa are also within 9 mi (15 km).

AU$100
Maydrit Hotel

Maydrit Hotel

Piragua 1, Madrid
4.5
of 5, from 1,245 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Barajas, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of El Capricho Park, Plenilunio Shopping Mall, and Olivar de la Hinojosa Golf Club. Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and Madrid Congress Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$217
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via

Gran Via 11, Madrid
4.5
of 5, from 1,556 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Its central location in the heart of the city, Gran Via Avenue, allows guests to explore the culture and attractions that surround the hotel such as Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado Museums, and the Puerta del Sol.

AU$148
Dear Hotel Madrid

Dear Hotel Madrid

Gran Via 80, Madrid
4.4
of 5, from 1,021 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Madrid, steps from Teatro Coliseum and Plaza de Espana. Also nearby are Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace.

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