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Housing one of the largest collections of fine art in the world, Prado National Museum is perhaps best known for works by El Greco, Goya, and
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Take a few moments out of your tour of the city to rest at Parque del Retiro, noted for its marble monuments, elegant buildings, abundant gre
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Explore at least a few of the 2,000 lavishly decorated rooms of the historic Royal Palace of Madrid, considered one of the finest buildings i
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Plaza Mayor , Madrid
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Once the beating heart of the city’s cultural life, Plaza Mayor has played host to bullfights, markets, symphonies, tournaments, and even exe
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Explore centuries of fine art at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, which boasts masterpieces by Monet, Goya, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, and Van
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Madrid

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With numerous historic places to explore, museums to dig into, and plazas and parks to stroll through, you'll find a long list of things to do in Madrid to satisfy your trip requirements. Whether you choose to nibble on tapas at Mercado San Miguel--part culinary attraction, part cultural center--or have a picnic by the artificial lake of Retiro Park, you'll get the unique taste of the Cultural Capital of Spain. Art lovers will enjoy the lavishly decorated rooms of the historic Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of Spanish monarchs, and masterpieces by Spain's famous painters El Greco, Goya, and Velasquez at Museo Nacional del Prado.

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Where to stay in Madrid

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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