Became capital of Spain in 1561 under King Felipe II now is a vibrant city with an historic city centre, excellent museums and art galleries, great shops and exuberant night life. 

What to see in Madrid

Palacio Real - the 18th century royal palace but not inhabited at the moment, it is open to visitors.

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Catedral de la Almudena - a 20th century cathedral located near the Royal Palace. 

Plaza Mayor - popular square fro a coffee and to watch the world go by. 

Puerta del Sol - This plaza is the "heart" of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city, look out for the bear statue - the symbol of Madrid. 

Gran Vía - Madrid's High Street - always busy and never sleeps. 

Museo Nacional Del Prado - a magnificent collection of old masters - in particular the Spaniards, Goya and el Greco.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum - a mixed collection of art works from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

El Reina Sofia (Queen Sofia Museum) - houses a collection of mostly 20th art and in particular works from the great Spanish painters Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. One of Picasso's most famous works - Guernica, hangs in this gallery.


National Archaeology Museum - archaeological finds from across Spain and Europe - well set out displays and exhibits. 

El Retiro Park - Madrids largest park with statues and a boating lake. 

Zoo Aquarium Madrid - animals and fish but not together!

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