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Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain
The Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain

The Plaza Mayor remains one of Madrid’s chief tourist attractions. Though called by many names over the centuries and subject to several fires, it retains its allure. The reasons are not hard to find. While not an architectural work of art, the plaza is one of the best places in Madrid to relax and watch […]

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Crystal Palace in the Retiro Park
Madrid’s Retiro Park

While Parque del Buen Retiro (at about 300 acres) is much smaller than New York’s Central Park (840 acres) it is nonetheless magnificent. Filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, a peaceful lake, and a host to a variety of events, it is rightfully one of Madrid’s premier attractions. The park grounds were once the province […]

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Queen Sofia Art Center in Madrid

Located at Calle Santa Isabel 52, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is just the ticket for fans of Picasso, Miro, Solana, and other notable Spanish artists. A relatively young museum, established in 1991, Queen Sofia contains hundreds of works by dozens of artists, including the famed Guernica by Picasso. As a result, […]

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Puerta del Sol
Madrid Puerta del Sol

Spanish for ‘Gate of the Sun’, Puerta del Sol is one of Madrid’s most popular tourist destinations. At its center lies the paving slab just outside the Casa de Correos that marks the spot from which radiates the six main highways traversing Spain. It is a good point from which to begin to explore this […]

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Madrid’s Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

Second only to Versailles in size and splendor, the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) in Madrid is an architectural marvel and a treasure trove. Nearly three thousand rooms, with 240 balconies and over forty staircases, this magnificent work is one of Madrid’s major tourist attractions. Even though less than 10% of the room is open to […]

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Shopping in El Rastro Market
Shopping in Madrid, Spain

While perhaps not as well known for it as London or New York, Madrid has dozens of excellent places to shop. Whether you’re looking for a valuable antique or just a simple gift for someone back home, Madrid has much to offer. You may be looking for exclusive shops – of which there are many, […]

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid

The name may be a challenge for English speakers, but Madrid’s newest art museum is very easy to love for individuals of any nationality. Drawn from the possessions collected over generations of a wealthy family, the contents form one of the greatest gatherings of paintings in the world. The museum got its beginning when the […]

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Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain

One of the most visited tourist spots in Madrid, the Prado Museum is home to over 7,000 paintings. Though the emphasis is heavily on the three most famous Spanish masters – Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco – there are major and minor masterpieces from dozens of other artists. Surrounded by beautiful botanical gardens, visitors have […]

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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

Barefoot nuns might sound like the premise for a comedy skit, but rest assured these sisters are no joke. The Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales is both a functioning convent and a treasure trove of art. Founded by the daughter of Charles V in 1559 as a retreat for noblewomen, the nunnery has maintained its […]

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Madrid Biblioteca Nacional
Biblioteca Nacional (National Library of Spain)

Going to a library isn’t most tourists’ idea of a good time. But if you visit Madrid and don’t stop into the Biblioteca Nacional for at least an hour you’ll be missing out on one of the city’s finest attractions. The facade alone is worth spending time viewing. Neoclassical, and an excellent version it is, […]

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