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A quick guide to Madrid

Madrid is a modern city full of fun and art.  There are a lot of parks, restaurants, bars, museums and incredible nightlife. If you are looking for fun, art and culture, Madrid is the place to be. Spanish people are very friendly and they love to party. 

We stayed in a hostel in Gran Via, one of the main streets of Madrid.  It is like a “Spanish Broadway”. There are theaters and cinemas, restaurants and bars, activities for the day and for the night.  It is a great place to go shopping, as there are a lot of stores.  Next to Gran Via is the Plaza del Callao, this busy square is bustling with people and cars, and beautiful art-deco architecture. You can visit the area easily on foot.

There are also plenty of museums and monuments to see and visit.  You can get around the city by subway, bus or car.  

What to see in Madrid?

Plaza Mayor: One of the most important squares and the most historic of the Spanish capital.

Puerta del Sol : There are lots of famous attractions around this square, including the lighted sign known as Tio Pepe.  Puerta del Sol is the most famous square in Madrid.

Plaza España: A central monument, is dedicated to the Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.  It includes a bronze sculpture of Don Quixote.

Palacio de Cibeles(Cybeles Palace) : Previously known as the Palace of Communication (Palacio de Comunicaciones), is a well known, symbolic monument of Madrid.  Located on Plaza de Cibeles. Along with the building, there is the Cybeles Fountain (the Roman goddess of nature). This is another symbol of the city. 

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Cybeles Palace
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Cybeles Fountain

Puerta de Alcala: A monument located at Independence Square, on Alcalá Street. It consists of two massive doors and was built in 1778, to serve as the city’s gateway. 

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 Puerta de Alcalá

Museo del Prado (Prado Museum) : One of the best museums in Europe, located in central Madrid.  It is considered one of the most important museums in Spain, and the world.

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San Jeronimo el Real Church: This Isabelline Gothic church formed part of a Monastery under the Order of Sant Jerome or Hieronymites since 1503. Over the centuries it has undergone numerous remodelings and restorations. Nowadays the cloister form part of the Prado Museum. 

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San Jeronimo el Real Church 

El Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace): Built in 1737, is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Right next to the Palace is the Catedral de la Almudena one of the largest cathedrals in Europe.

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The Royal Palace

Madrid is a great city.  Very energetic and exciting. When in Madrid don’t miss the chance to  eat Paella, to drink Sangria and to go to a Flamingo Show. 

Best time to visit Madrid: From April to June and from September to November, when the weather is cool and it is the end of the High Season.

Currency: Euro

Official Language: Spanish

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