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The Royal Palace, Madrid
Madrid Travel Fast Facts

Getting there:

Airport: Madrid-Baraja Airport

Trains: Rail Europe Madrid

What to see: Puerto del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Prado Museum, Palacio Real, flamenco performances, bullfighting

Getting around: Madrid Metro

Mad about Madrid?

The capital city of Spain, Madrid is history, culture, and modern amenities.

Mix in brilliant sunshine, crystal blue skies, and cobblestoned courtyards that are a feast for the eyes, and the warmth of the city will win your heart.

For many visitors the very heartbeat of Madrid is in the Puerta del Sol for people-watching at one of the city's busiest plazas. Then it's off to Plaza Mayor (only a few minutes' walk away from Puerta del Sol) for a bite to eat or for browsing the many shops that line this huge urban square.

Of course, no tour of Madrid would be complete without a visit to the world class Prado Museum, as well as a tour of the Royal Palace - Palacio Real, official home of Spain's royal family.

Other must-sees include some of the best Madrid flamenco dance performances at Cafe de Chinitas and - although not for the feint of heart - a traditional bullfight at the Las Ventas bullring

With more than a few days to spend in the capital, memorable day excursions from Madrid include the short train hops to beautiful and historic Toldedo and the ancient Roman walled city of Avila. Both are classified as UNESCO world heritage sites and well-worth the trip.

DID YOU KNOW? Madrid Travel Fun Facts

Spain's ugliest building?

• The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain's modern art museum, was once called "the ugliest building in Spain" when it opened in 1992. Today, it is home to Picasso's masterpiece 'Guernica' and other important works by 20th century artists.

• Madrid is located on a plateau 650 metres above sea level and it is the highest capital in Europe.

• Bernabéu, located in Chamartín (north of the city), is the home stadium of the world's most famous soccer team, Real Madrid.

Restaurant Botin is the oldest restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Opened in 1725, the Madrid establishment boasts famous patrons ranging from Spanish artist Goya, to writer Ernest Hemingway and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

More about Madrid tourist attractions around the Web:


Madrid Man's Yankee Home Page - One Yankee's tribute to this city will give you a taste of why visitors want to return. The site is a showcase for the best of Madrid.

Madrid Virtual Tour - A roving photographer guides visitors around the city's many attractions via an interactive slide show with quick factoids on each to complete the picture.

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