Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Madrid the capital of Spain is a city with beautiful and historic architecture and cosmopolitan vibe. Madrid is a blend of tradition and modernization, with impressive infrastructure, transport, elite cuisine. It is an economic, administrative and a financial hub and yet maintains its artistic and cultural heritage.You will learn a bit of Spanish in your journey to the different parts of Madrid, and take away some of the Spanish habits. A City travel card is a good idea to explore Madrid as it is well connected by metros and other public transport. Madrid is passionate about its football, tapas bars and Spanish wine and the people are very warm, friendly and dynamic. The extensive parks around the city make it one of the greenest cities of Europe. You will definitely love everything about the city!

Location: Spain

Climate: Mediterranean climate, you can visit Madrid anytime. Cool winters from December to mid-March, with rains in Jan-Feb. Spring is pleasant starting from March- beginning of May. Summers hot, starting from mid-May-August, so carry light clothes for this season. September-November are little cooler with autumn setting in, so you can add layers to your clothes.

How to reach

By Air: Madrid-Barajas Airport is located 13 km outside the center of the city. It has many international flights. The Ciudad Real Central Airport is also 200 km from city center and offers many flights.

By Train: Spanish Railway Network provides International, Inter-city, High speed and regional services

By Road: 6 major motorways offer good connectivity to other cities across Spain.

Places of interest

Plaza Mayor

Location: Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Timings: All Days Open

How to reach:

Easily accessible by Bus- 3, 17, 18, 23, 31

This gigantic open space in the middle of the city, was made by King Philip II and King Philip III. Featuring harmonized architecture, this symmetrical space is arcaded and rectangular in shape. It has nine entrances and is surrounded by residential buildings. It was used for important functions, bull fights and ceremonies. Its name has been changed many times; it is a fine specimen of Renaissance architecture, King Philip’s statue in bronze stands in the middle of this plaza. The best time to visit Plaza Mayor is at the dawn when the whole plaza is lightened enhancing its beauty.

Museo del Prado

Location:  Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Timings:

Monday to Saturday- 10AM–8PM

Sunday: 10 Am to 7 PM

How to reach: You can use the Metro to reach the Museum

The Prado Museum is one of the most important cultural site of Madrid and is recognized as one of the greatest art galleries of the world. This 18th century old museum of art showcases some of the rarest collections like “Adam and Eve”, and “Christ falling on the way to Calvary”. You can see the works of some of the great masters of art such as Goya, Rubens, Raphael, Bosch and many more. This museum not only shows the history of Spain but the evolution and timeline of human past. The museum’s building itself is a majestic work of European architecture.

Royal Palace of Madrid

Location: Calle de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain

Timings: 10AM–8PM

How to reach:

Metro: Opera Station (Red Line, L2) or (Green Line, L5)

Bus: Lines 3, 25, 39 and 148

Underground: Lines 5 and 2 (Opera station)

Commuter train: Príncipe Pío Station

The Royal Palace is the largest building of Madrid where official ceremonies, banquets and other functions of the state are conducted. This 18th century Palace, a symbol of Spanish Royalty is also the largest Royal Palace in the western part of Europe. The Palace has fine furniture, elegant tapestries, ceramics, paintings by renowned artists and numerous other works and frescoes by great artist Tiepolo. Works by artists like Goya, Giordano are also present here making the visit to the palace a great experience.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Location:  Paseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Timings:

Tuesday to Sunday -10AM–7PM

Monday: 12–4PM

How to reach:

 Metro: Banco de España

Trains: Atocha and Recoletos Stations

Bus Service also available

The Museum displays works of art from the 13th to the 20th century covering the historic periods of Renaissance, Baroque, Mannerism, Romanticism, Rococo and more. It is a private collection of European arts under one roof showcasing the paintings of Kings, Queens, artists, and other influential characters from across the various European countries. A visit to Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum guarantees to take you back in the past and leave you enchanted for a long time to come.

Las Ventas

Location: Calle de Alcalá, 237, 28028 Madrid

Timings: All days: 9AM–6PM

How to reach:

Metro: Lines 2 or 5 - Las Ventas station.

Bus service also available

It would be unfair to come to Madrid and not visit the place of the most loved sports of the Spanish people the bullfighting Mecca” Las Ventas”. Located in the eastern part of Madrid, the building is made up of ceramic tiles and red bricks. It has seating arrangements in shade and sunny areas. You can visit this place only if you are not weak hearted.

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