Spain, which sits on the Iberian Peninsula, has a long and rich history. Madrid has gained the reputation of being one of Europe’s most active and attractive cities for its nightlife and cultural activities.
Style and Culture
Madrid has been the capital of Spain since 1562. A variety of styles combine to make the city a joy to explore. Throughout the architecture, see Moorish and Neoclassical influences.
Both the capital and largest city in Spain, Madrid holds true to its reputation as an art and cultural hub, but it knows how to let it’s hair down and have a good time, too.
The city’s architecture takes you on a tour through the past. Wander Puerto del Sol, one of the most well-loved and busiest areas. It is located at the center of the radial network of Spanish roads and serves as a meeting place for locals and travelers.
The capital has over 60 museums which cover every field of human knowledge. The Museo de la Reina Sofia houses the work of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, among other great artists. Other collections like the Museo de América, the National Archeology Museum, and the Museo de la Ciudad are worthy of hours spent exploring as well.
And no art lover’s trip to this city would be complete without a stop at the Museo del Prado, which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art from the 12th to early 19th centuries including more than 140 works by Goya. Infused with a free-spirited atmosphere, Madrid is home to high-energy nightlife, an incredible arts scene, and a culture like no other.
Activities/ Things to Do
Where a long history meets an exuberance for life’s best experiences, travelers find the one-of-a-kind city of Madrid. Try your hand at flamenco dancing, or go to a famous soccer match. Visit El Rastro, the renowned flea market, or the reputed Prado Museum. Sample the wide range of dining.
Extensive and beautifully maintained parks and gardens –like the Retiro park, formerly the recreational estate to the Spanish monarchs, the Casa de Campo, and the Juan Carlos I Park– offer inhabitants and visitors the chance to enjoy the sunshine, stroll, row on its lakes or feed the squirrels, in one of the greenest capitals in Europe.
Lively nightlife is another key attraction of Spain’s capital, due to its variety and the exciting atmosphere to be found in its bars, pubs, clubs, and flamenco halls.
Dances and Festivals
Other daytime entertainment options include traditional outdoor dances, popular festivities, and the San Isidro bullfighting festival, regarded as being the most important in the world. If there’s one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and infectious passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly and open character of its inhabitants.