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Madrid Attractions

Nowhere In the world will you be able to find a bigger concentration of art than in Madrid. There is so much to see it’s almost impossible to cover everything in one trip, so here are a few of the top highlights when it comes to Madrid attractions. Just by taking a drive through the city you delight your senses in the magnificent architecture and beautiful fountains. The center is a grouping of medieval alleyways and squares; for a reminder of the elegance of Hapsburg Madrid, all you have to do is admire the area between the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor. The Gran Via, a modern style avenue dissects the city, while La Castellana Avenue, the place for designer shopping, embraces major 19th century residential neighborhoods.

Art and History
Art lovers come for the main Madrid attraction - the art museums. The Golden Triangle of Art, located in the famous Paseo del Prado is made of three very important Madrid attractions: the Prado Museum; the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum; and the Queen Sophia Museum. The first and most famous museum, the Prado Museum, displays more than 7,000 paintings. It started as a private collection, and was later enhanced by the Hapsburg and the Bourbon Royal families. It is home to notable artists like Velazquez, Goya and Murillo, Italian and Flemish masters, to name a few. The other two museums, major Madrid attractions in their own right, house important works of art such as Picasso’s Guernica, which up until recently was out of the country for two decades, as Franco, Spain’s Dictator, forbad its display.

But Madrid attractions don’t end there. There are more notable museums including the National Archeological Museum, the Naval Museum, the Medical Anthropology Museum, and the Clock Museum.

Commute With Nature
Though a large cosmopolitan city, Madrid is full of beautiful green spaces, well-manicured lawns and colorful flowers. However, the largest park in the city, “Parque Del Retiro,” is the most popular of Madrid's attractions. It was once the grounds of the palace built for Philip IV. The center or crystal palace was modeled after London’s Crystal Palace.

Tip: Go on a double-decker tour bus and enjoy the beauty of the city. You’ll be able to hop on and hop off as many times as you wish. This is a great way to see Madrid and you’ll have the chance to take some fabulous pictures.

Beauty and Architecture
You’d never think of touring a bank, but once you see the Bank of Spain, you’ll understand why this is a must-see Madrid attraction. Its stairway, built entirely with Carrara marble, leads to a magnificent building constructed in the 19th century, totally influenced by French Second Empire architecture. Tours can even be arranged at this very prestigious bank.

Another top Madrid attraction is the Plaza Mayor Square, used during medieval times as the site where heretics were burned. Today, it bustles with activity, where Madrid locals come to enjoy Sangria and listen to music. It’s commonly referred to as the “living room of Madrid.”
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