Spain's vibrant capital city is renowned for its artistic and cultural heritage. Most of the city's sights are in the city center itself, which makes it easy to explore. Puerta del Sol marks the heart of the city, and is a good place to start if it's your first visit.
The Museo del Prado is one of the finest art galleries in the world, located on the Paseo del Prado, east of the old city. In the same district there are many other museums too, which cater to all interests.
Don't miss a tour of the Palacio Real, one of the biggest palaces in Europe. When you're tired of walking, take a break in El Retiro Park, popular with families and music lovers.
Flights into Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) will bring you to within 13km of the city center. From the airport, the most convenient way to reach Madrid proper is the 24 hour express bus service.
Soccer fans should note that tours of the Bernabeu stadium are curtailed on match days, so plan your visit accordingly. To get a taste of the real Madrid, avoid the tourists in Plaza Mayor, and head instead to the more authentic Plaza Santa Ana.
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