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Madrid

Known for Museums, Culture and Theatres

The Spanish capital is not all hustle and bustle; nibble tapas in a cobbled square, visit ancient churches, or relax in one of Madrid’s spacious parks.

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Madrid is a city of contrasts where old meets new and quick meets slow. From street performers and old-time cafés to high-end concert halls and fancy restaurants, there really is something for everyone to explore here – and that’s before you include the beautiful palaces, churches, galleries and museums that are dotted about the metropolis.

Madrid boasts three world-renowned art museums all within a stone’s throw of each other, the so-called “Golden Triangle of Art”. The Prado Museum boasts an enormous collection and can take a day to explore on its own. This is where you’ll find the works of some of Spain’s home-grown masters, like Velázquez and Goya, although it features art from all over the world. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was once the private collection of an aristocrat but this range of works spanning some seven centuries is now open to the public. The last corner of the triangle, the Reína Sofia Museum, is a true gem offering a historical perspective on important modern and contemporary trends in art.

If old buildings are more up your street, there are plenty of them to be found in Madrid too. You'll see a lot of different architectural styles just walking around the city, but you might like to head to the Royal Palace for a guided tour through a history of the Spanish royal family's extravagant taste, or else to the Almudena Cathedral to soak up an original blend of ancient and modern flavours.

Madrid’s City Hall is also worth a look, and guided tours are available here too. From here you won’t be far from the cobbled Plaza Mayor and its high-end boutiques.

If you feel like getting away from the city streets and finding some green space, there are a number of options. El Retiro is probably the most interesting; here you'll find architectural monuments and statues, as well as street performers, each more innovative than the last in their efforts to attract your attention.

After your trip to the park, head over to El Rastro, the flea market, where you can catch a glimpse into the lives of the Madrileños and you’ll find almost anything under the sun for sale.

However you decide to spend your days in Madrid, remember there’s always a table laden with tapas and a cold beer waiting for you at the end. ¡Chin-chin!

Activities in Madrid

Make your way to Madrid's iconic cobbled square and stroll past artists' stalls, listen to local street musicians, or sit down in the porticos to enjoy a coffee.

A world-renowned art museum with some of Europe’s most important masterpieces on display, this is an essential part of any Madrid tourist itinerary.

Pay homage to Miguel de Cervantes, Spain's most famous writer, or find some shade under a tree and kick back right in the heart of the city centre.

Come and take a walk around one of the largest palaces in Western Europe...and try not to get lost!

Alongside games of football and couples in pedalos, the art galleries, buskers and 17th-century palace give El Retiro a different flavour to your average park.

Journey by means of modern art through the key political and social moments of recent times.

Once one of the largest private collections of art in the world, this museum will take you on a journey of creation from the 13th century right through to the 20th.

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See the historic sights of Segovia and Toledo on a guided tour by air-aconditioned bus from Madrid. Get access to the Alcázar and the Cathedral and admire the main attractions of these two cities. Enjoy two stunning cities in one day on this comprehensive tour of Toledo and Segovia.

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An impressive city where elegant cathedrals stand alongside brooding stone fortifications, Learn about the way Christian, Jewish, and Muslim influences have shaped this Spanish mecca as you explore and enjoy a traditional lunch.

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Relive more than a hundred years of Real Madrid history. Welcome to the Bernabeu Tour, where you will see the stadium as you have never seen it before. Get ready to feel the excitement of being on the pitch itself, the thrill of pre-match tension, the glow of past glories and the long history that has molded one of the world’s best football teams.

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Discover La Mancha, homeland of Don Quixote, Belmonte, Mota Del Cuervo and the village of El Toboso, where according to recent research Miguel de Cervantes was inspired by some of its neighbors to write the most famous novel of all times, “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha”.

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Discover two of the most important World Heritage Cities in Spain and mix them in this magnificent day-long visit. Starting from our headquarters, we’ll drive to Segovia for about an hour. Upon arrival the experience begins visiting Plaza del Azoguejo where you can admire the Roman Aqueduct.

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Unravel the rich history of 2 of the most emblematic cities in Spain. Enjoy a small-group tour inside the fortified walls of Pedraza and step back in time to the Roman era as you admire the stunning aqueduct in Segovia.

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