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Things to do: sightseeing, museums, parks

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene. Though the capital city lacks the architectural reputation of Barcelona, there are plenty of historic buildings here to fill your itinerary with. The city’s numerous medieval mansions, royal palaces, and Gothic churches provide a picture-perfect backdrop for everyday life as you holiday in this modern metropolis. Madrid’s world-class chefs create dishes that skillfully blend traditional Spanish cooking with ingredients brought from around the world. There’s something for every palate and budget here, from the famous tapas to gourmet delicacies hard to find anywhere else in the world. Make your own Madrid vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Spain vacation route planner.
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Where to stay

The Spanish capital is known for its array of distinct neighborhoods each with its own appeal. An affordable and easy-to-navigate metro system, which makes it is easy to get around Madrid gives you more flexibility in choosing where to stay. Perhaps the most popular choice is Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city center and one of the main tourist attractions with its numerous shops, affordable hotels, and restaurants. Close by is Gran Via street, one of the city's main arteries, which is also home to a number of hotels. A short walk from here is Plaza España where the city's most iconic landmarks lie, including the Royal Palace and the Teatro Royal. For somthing outside the traditional tourist areas, consider staying in La Latina or Malasaña, two bohemian neighborhoods that offer a wide range of eclectic shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars.
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