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Madrid
Madrid
#About the Spanish Capital and the Third Largest City in Europe

Madrid lies in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarama mountain range. It is the capital of Spain, at a height of 646 meters above sea level and is the highest capital in Europe. Madrid is also one of the largest cities in the continent.

This city is a combination of ancient tradition and constant renewal. It has an architectural mix of medieval buildings and the construction of a traditional empire, with fascist monuments from the dictatorship that ruled it, in the face of exciting buildings designed by the modern superstructure. And by the way, there is no city in Europe with more trees than Madrid!

Madrid is a fascinating story of a city reborn with the death of Spanish dictator General Franco in 1975. The social-cultural "birth" movement, which was born at the time, led the liberation from the dictatorship and was the accelerating force that led to a burst of creativity in the various arts and culture of the entire city. Then came the young face, the rebellious and non-establishment side of the city, the one attracting young tourists from all over the world.

Indeed, Madrid is a city of many styles and faces, whose inhabitants, are full of joie de vivre, very kind and warm to visitors. The saying here is that "if you are in Madrid, then you are from Madrid!"

Here you can choose from crowd-bustling soccer temples to the world's most fascinating art museums, listen to Spanish flamenco music or dance in new clubs with 21st-century music. Here you can eat tapas bars with lots of small dishes or dine in the city's renowned food markets.

See all the city attractions by clicking on the tag "Madrid".


#When to Visit?

Madrid is hot in summer and really cold in winter, therefore spring, April-June is the perfect time to visit, and in the fall September-October. The hotel prices are the most expensive during these times,


#Public Transportation in Madrid

Transportation in the city is easy to use and not expensive.

The metro is comfortable, efficient and comes frequently, cheap, and goes around the whole city. It operates between 6 am to 2 am.

The buses operate from 2 am to 11:30 pm.

There are plenty of taxis but they are more expensive.


#Communication

You can buy a local SIM in the Calleo stores. 3 GB costs only 5 euros.


#Food

The restaurants in Madrid are great, but no less so are the great tapas bars, with the small, tasty and inexpensive tapas. Madrid has a very strong and successful scene in the vibrant food markets, which are excellent in terms of the food sold in them. Because here, if you want to eat excellent Spanish and international food and fresh - you will likely find yourself often in the city's wonderful markets.

Spanish cuisine is full of good and rich food. Between the Tortilla Spaniola, a kind of Spanish omelet and a little sweet, the Phedron, the same spicy Spanish pepper and the Pattatas Bravas, which is the Spanish fries, the most noteworthy hits in the Spanish kitchen are:

Tapas, the small and varied dishes that usually accompany the tapas to the fullness. The recommended tapas bars of Madrid is the La Latina neighborhood.

Paella - A pan with rice stew, vegetables, and seafood, or meat.

Churros - long donuts with sugar for dessert, which are used in the morning to dip in chocolate, a thick hot chocolate drink that does not replace coffee.

Pan Tomaque - bread with tomato. This is the simplest and typical breakfast, but most delicious: half a baked baguette topped with fresh tomato, olive oil, salt pepper and that's it.

Sangria - the great alcoholic drink, with a martini touch, a teaspoon of sugar and plenty of ice, soda, oranges, and lemons.

Aperol Spritz - look for this drink, it is a must try!

Spanish delicacies Worth Trying:

https://youtu.be/UZwrSgBOTpE


#Savings

In restaurants - in the dining section they ate the big meal at noon when the restaurants were significantly cheaper than dinner.

Business Meal - Find out if there is a business lunch in a restaurant (menu del dia), in Madrid will cost about 12 euros on weekdays, for something like 2 dishes and a glass of wine.

City Pass card - Buy the Madrid City Pass card, which offers many benefits, free airport shuttle, city tour by tourist bus, free entrance and no tour to the Prado Museum and a free tour of the home stadium of the Real Madrid football team, the Santiago Bernabeu, it also has a 20% discount on Madrid's top attractions.

Supermarket - Aldi and Lidl chains are cheap but offer mainly basic products, the Caprabo network is less expensive but varied.

Public transportation - Buy a ten-way ticket to traffic in the city.

Bus - a great way to get to know the city.



#Shopping

On the main street of Madrid, Gran Via, you will find satisfaction with the passion for shopping, and the prices here are surprisingly low. There is no shop lover in Madrid that does not function in Madrid, on both sides of which is a dizzying variety of successful fashion stores, including branches of Spanish fashion chains Zara and Paul & Bar.

Cheap and equal stores can also be found on the streets leaving Puerta del Sol, in the direction of the Gran Via, especially on Calle Preciados. Here you will find clothes, shoes, and accessories - at great prices.

Cheap clothes and second-hand clothes will be found on the streets of Fuencarral and Malasana.

Many shopping centers will be found on Calle Orense.

The department store houses in Madrid, the El Corte Inglés or one of the largest Spanish department stores in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

A variety of large shops will be found on Sarrano Street.

See shopping places by clicking on the tag "Shopping in Madrid".

See link below for more recommendations.



#Entertainment

Madrid is a city of entertainment and it's fun to join the locals, who are concentrated in a few places close together. Many people here testify that the coolest neighborhoods, with the most bustling nightlife and entertainment in the city, are Chueca, which is identified with the LGBT community and Malasaña, Madrid's Hipster neighborhood. (Barrio de Malasaña) Have fun with the young Hipsters and Chueca celebrate the liberation with the gay community in Madrid.

But they are not the only ones. Do not dare to visit Madrid without experiencing its nightlife. Apart from the underground atmosphere in the Barrio de Malasaña's rock and punk clubs and Chueca's gay parties, there are also the prestigious clubs of the Barrio de Salamanca, the jazz clubs, the flamenco and the indie rock of the Barrio de Las Letras Barrio de Las Letras). And the trendy bars, with contemporary music, in the Princesa region.

A normal day in Madrid, a city where there are no "early mornings," is a day when its residents wake up slowly, in the late morning, after a night out. Here sleepless nights are the usual nights. Madrid's vibrant Sundays start in the morning, when you go to the flea market, and then pass through the squares of La Latina or Santa Ana from noon to five in the morning.

The Huertas district is for the 20-30-year-olds. The prestigious Salamanca district has the bars and clubs and most of the activities, around the age of 30 plus.

To see the best entertainment spots in the city, click on the tag "Entertainment in Madrid".


#Must See

Want to see the most popular destinations? - Click on the tag "Must See in Madrid".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZRY9zY_AuA



#With Children

Family Vacation? - Click on the tag "Attractions for Children in Madrid".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruUwmU4fms8



#Food

Looking for an unforgettable meal? - click on the tag, "Must eat in Madrid".


#Tip

In most countries in Europe, since the tip is included in the bill, it is customary to give about 2 euros, no matter the size of the check.




#Spain Country Code

+34


#Electric Outlets

The required types of plugs are Types C, E, and F.


A taste of the upcoming trip? - Here's a video that will show you the city in all its beauty:

https://youtu.be/NWBtMK3GsV0


Overview of Madrid:

https://youtu.be/0H_Xa6lbafw
La Almudena
La Almudena
#About the Cathedral that Took 350 Years to Build

Don't let the neo-Gothic style of the La Almudena Cathedral, and the neo-Classical style of the facade scare you off. This cathedral was inaugurated by the pope in 1993. Even though this building began being built almost 120 years before, in the 19th century. The construction took until the end of the 20th century for historic events like the Civil War and the Franco Dictatorship.

The roots of this cathedral are impressive, at least in the ideas of its construction, which already back in the 16th century. History teaches that already in 1518 the King of Spain Carlos I meant to build the cathedral.

It took 350 years until the beginning of construction, and almost another 120 until construction was finalized. It is named after the Virgin Mary, the patron of the city of Madrid, since in 712 a photo of the Virgin was found in the city walls. This was moments before the invasion of the Arabs to Spain. The name of the church comes from the name La Almudena, meaning city walls.


#Architecture of the Cathedral

The outside style of the cathedral La Almudena has been changed throughout the years, to fit the look of the Royal Palace next to it. By looking closely you can see the combination between the entrance gates, that remind of the gates from the Castilian fortresses, and the decorated bronze door, that has clear neo-Gothic influences and symbols.

With its outside beauty, a visit inside is not necessary. If you still walked in, look up and try to find the hexagrams in the Star of David shape on the ceiling. Historians still do not know how Jewish symbols came to be here, that were added from the original design.

In the cathedral, 104 meters long and 76 meters wide, there is a dome with a diameter of 20 meters. The design inside is modern and modest, especially in comparison to other richer ancient churches. This did not stop the heir to the Spanish throne in 2004 to get married here.



#Tips

If you want a viewpoint of the city view, go no the top balcony that is under the cathedral dome.

During the summer months, its worth it to visit here during the hot hours and enjoy an escape from the heat, in the cool cathedral.


A Closer Look at La Almudena Cathedral:

https://youtu.be/NTTB9mhCXwA
Plaza de la Lealtad
Plaza de la Lealtad
#About the Square with the Obelisk

Plaza de la Lealtad is a sweet square, where you can come and see the obelisk at the center. This obelisk is dedicated to the victims from the Spanish Revolt against the French forces, that occurred here on May 2, 1808. The obelisk was created in 1840 by Isidro González Velázquez, and it is commemorating all those who gave their lives to Spain.

On the left of the square, you can see the Ritz, the fanciest hotel in Madrid, and maybe in all of Spain.

On the right of the square, there is Madrid's Stock Exchange Building (Bolsa de Comercio), with its impressive facade.


A Closer Look::

https://youtu.be/PBh0Ve9xT4Y


The Ritz Hotel - the Most Prestigious Hotel in Madrid:

https://youtu.be/U11Kkgd9u0I
Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod
#About the Ancient Temple that Egpyt Gave to Spain as a Present

The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple that is located in the well-maintained Parque del Oeste.

The temple was moved from its original spot in south Egypt, when it was given as a gift to the Spanish government in 1968. The gift was given by the Egyptian government, as a thank you gesture for a Spanish team of architects, who were brought through UNESCO, for preserving temples like the Abu Simbel Temples, that were in danger during the construction of the Aswan Dam and the flooding created in Nassar Lake.

In 1968 the temple was moved to Spain and rebuilt near the Royal Palace of Madrid, not far from Plaza de Espana. This is a small temple with one floor. Many stairs lead to it in the park, for it is located on a hill, from which is a beautiful view. Around the temple are pools, and two of the three original gates. The pools create beautiful reflections, that look really nice in photos.



#About the Temple Itself

The Templo de Debod is an ancient Egyptian temple built originally in southern Egypt.

This is a temple from the 4th century AD, on whose interior walls can be seen ancient Egyptian inscriptions. It was originally dedicated to God Amun. The steps leading to the display of a model where it was located in Egypt, from where it was brought to Spain.

The building began in the ancient times by Kushite king of Meroë. Originally, it held only a small prayer room, and was dedicated as a prayer place for the God Amun. The steps lead to a nice display about Egypt, where the temple was originally located.

In 1968 the temple was moved to Madrid, the capital of Spain, and rebuilt here, exactly like the original.



#Tips

The temple is open until 1:00 pm daily, try arriving in the morning, as early as possible.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/qjF64LbZkqQ

Madrid

San Francisco el Grande
San Francisco el Grande
#About Madrid's Massive Basilica, With the Largest Dome in Spain

The San Francisco el Grande Basilica in Madrid is dedicated to Saint Francis, a humble Christian saint, who preached in his life a modest life, and fought with the exorbitant richness of the city's wealthy residents.

With a diameter of 108 meters, in the large basilica there are; a large chapel, a prayer house, and at the top the largest dome in Spain. The basilica's width is 33 meters, and 58 meters tall, making it the largest building in Spain.

The basilica, built in the neo-Classical style, stands on the ruins of a Franciscan monastery, founded in 1217, by Saint Francis. It itself was built by Spanish King Carlos III, in 1760.

The San Francisco Basilica has three chapels. The most famous of them is on the left side of the main entrance. It is named after San Bernardino de Siena (San Bernadino from Siena).

In this chapel you can see the "Sermon of San Brandino of Siena." This is a magnificent painting by the Spanish painter Goya, who commemorates events in the life of the saint. The painting is one of Goya's first paintings in Madrid. If you look closely at the painting you will see the figure on his right. This is the painter Goya himself, introducing a self-portrait. The cathedral also has paintings by Velazquez, another Spanish painting giant.

In the nearby chapel you can see an impressive statue painted in 1643 by the artist Diego Rodriguez. The name of the statue is "Capilla del Cristo de Los Dolores."

The cathedral has great woodwork, including carved wooden furniture, wooden choral stalls and the 7 wooden doors of the church carved by the wooden artist Casa Juan Guas.


#About the Impressive Giant Dome at the Top of the Basilica

The huge dome of the basilica, 33 meters in diameter, was designed by architect Francisco Cabezas. Due to the difficulty and complexity of building such a chapel, the construction of the basilica was completed only in 1784 by an architect who was added to the complex project, Francesco Sabatini.

At the base of this dome are wooden statues of the 12 Christian apostles and on the inside there are beautiful frescoes, that is, magnificent frescoes.

In the past century the instability of the dome has led to an impressive restoration and reinforcement work that was done in the entire chapel and stabilized it well.


#Tips

A great experience on Sunday is watching Sunday Mass. There is a mass that begins once an hour, at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 13:30 pm.

On the rest of the days, the basilica has a guided tour that costs 3 euros and allows entry to places that are usually closed to visitors.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dL13npf-tRI


From Inside:

https://youtu.be/tN670op_CTk
Plaza de Isabel II
Plaza de Isabel II
#About Madrid's Opera Square

The facade of the Madrid Opera House, as it is called by locals, or Spanish National Theater, is located in the Plaza de Isabel II.

This square was established in the 19th century, and at its center is a statue of Queen Isabel II, who the square is named after. The same Isabel II is famous in the city, for during the time of her rule water facilities were installed in the city, that were based on a canal called "Canal de Isabel II." In the same water system, water was brought from the faraway Guadarama Mountains.

In the memories of the residents of Madrid, Isabel's name continues to live on in daily basis. The reason, is that the Queen's name is etched all around the city today, on the main metal pipes scattered around Madrid.


A Closer Look from Above:

https://youtu.be/TXouLUmo_gM
Plaza de Callao
Plaza de Callao
#About the Bustling Square of the City

Plaza de Callao is a lively square of the city where visitors will be exposed to all the signs of modern and bustling Madrid. Above the square is the Palacio de la Prensa - overlooking the bustling life of the capital and the amazing city in Spain.

There is everything to do here. As soon as you get up from the metro station below, you are exposed immediately the most extreme urbanism you will see. From hundreds of stores of all kinds, through the largest department stores in the city, cinemas with huge posters of the new films displayed in them, and thousands of cars, taxis and buses crossing at any given moment.

In the square you can meet all the edges of Madrid's population. From businessmen who pass here and hurry to their affairs, to the homeless and the poor, who are begging here. Street artists, portrait painters and talented musicians find a livelihood here and mothers pass along with their children on the way home or from it.

This square is one of the places where you will feel the rhythm of modern Madrid at its best. This city lives and breathes itself completely.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/5H3WY0w6B_g
Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
Museo Nacional del Romanticismo
#About Madrid's Romantic Museum

The Museo Nacional del Romanticismo of Madrid is a place to see amazing collections of furniture, porcelain and ceramics, musical instruments, kitchen utensils, and more. All these are displayed in the halls and living rooms, that in the 18th century many meetings took place of the Spanish nobility.

The private museum is located in the Chueca neighborhood in Madrid, in a house that was built in the 18th century by a family relative of the Spanish architect and designer Ventura Rodríguez.

Here you can see the long dining table of the King of Spain, Fernando VII, and his restrooms, as well as most items from that period. All these will give you an impression to the lifestyle of nobility from the Romantic period of the 18th century.

In the museum, there is a great collection of interesting art, that includes paintings from the great Spanish painters, including drawings by Velazquez, Zurbarán and the Spanish national painter Francisco Goya.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/zrPwLTo9Dbc


Museo Sorolla
Museo Sorolla
#About the Museum at the House of the Artist

Museo Sorolla is dedicated to one of the greatest painters of Spain from the 20th century. It is located in the house of the artist himself. On the main floor of the museum you can also see Sorolla's studio.

Sorolla, of the greatest painters in Spain in the 20th century, received his fame thanks to a series of beautiful paintings, some great portraits, historical paintings, and landscapes. Diversity is also in the style and character of these paintings.

Though the collection is displayed in the house of Sorolla and shows mostly his works, there are also works in the fields of sculptor, ceramics, design, furniture, and jewelry. Outside the house you can see the nice gardens where the artist himself lived during his last years.


#Tips

On Sundays entrance is free.

Entrance is free for anyone under the age of 18, and adults older than 65 years old.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NpramEoWj38



Art that Can Be Seen Here:

https://youtu.be/SXh-oTVPt4w
Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas
#About the Museum of Hand Made Works of Spain

Since it was established in 1912, the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas has been an active museum in Madrid. This museum for decorative arts overlooks Retiro Park and is located in a place that in the 19th century was one of the aristocratic areas in the city.

The museum displays amazing hand made works, from the best art pieces of Spain. There are hand made glass items, jewelry, leather items, embroidery, ceramics, tiles, furniture and more.

The emphasis here is as diverse as possible, displaying only works that are hand made. There are works and tools from all regions of Spain. Items displayed here were created in different periods throughout the history of Spain, especially between the 15th to 19th centuries.

The museum also displayed an impressive collection of art from the far east.



#Tips

The entrance into the temporary exhibits is free of charge.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/5T-1ELSftW0


Photos from the Museum:

https://youtu.be/lKwYZ9DFK0Q
Monasterio de la Encarnación
#About the Monastery from Stones and Red Bricks that Has a Museum

The Monasterio de la Encarnación was established in 1611, by the wife of King Philip III, Margarita de Austria. Her style was modest and held back, and not grandeur and too much for the eyes. The monastery combines a building with white stones and red bricks, a style that characterized many of the buildings in Spain at that time.

After a fire that burned everything in 1767, the interior design was redone by the designer Ventura Rodriguez, and has remained the same to this day. The exterior is the only part remaining of the original building.

In the monastery is a museum with interesting paintings and statues, that were given as gifts by the kings of Spain. The entrance to the museum is located in the left wing, and can be easily missed if you do not know to look for it.

Enter the museum and you can see the collections of paintings, belonging to the School of Madrid from the 17th century. Very interesting paints here by Van der Mueulen and Ribera.



A Closer Look at Monasterio de la Encarnación:

https://youtu.be/-IYbcLtll0w



Magical Prayer Through the Window:

https://youtu.be/UJ_dZc18LuI
Museo Cerralbo
#About the Marquis's Collection that Became a Historic Museum

The Cerralbo Museum (Museo Cerralbo) was established in the 19th century, in the fancy house whose frescoes are very fancy, and it is busy with decorations and gold finishings, a tribute to the houses of the nobility of the past. Beyond being an excellent museum, the palace displays the impressive lives of the aristocracy and nobility of Madrid.

The museum is located in what used to be the house of the 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, Enrique de Aguilera (1845 - 1922), who dedicated his life to researching history, art, and politics in Spain. From the outside, the building looks like a rather simple museum, however, the inside is a breath of grandeur and splendor from the items inside.

In the travels of Aguilera around Europe, he used to collect art pieces, that together make an extensive and impressive collection, including over 50,000 pieces of art, paintings, statues, glass works, furniture, wall carpets, watches, coins, and more.

Corridors packed with art treasures, grandeur and beautiful staircase, designed rooms full of fancy items, halls with touches of expensive furniture and many more bathing and sleeping rooms of nobles - this house is the peak of beauty and good taste.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Xaw9UoiLoD0
Matadero Madrid
#About the Slaughterhouse that Became a Community Center and Modern Art

The Matadero Madrid, often just called Matadero, is a cultural center and modern gallery for contemporary art, that was born inside what used to be the city slaughterhouse of Madrid.

The Matadero opened in 2007, in the spirit of changing public buildings in many European cities into art spaces and active galleries. Instead of meat being hung up from the ceiling, today art is hung up in the large spaces, taking the place of the refrigerators that used to be here.

In the large building there are many wide open spaces, that give artists real space to work with, without constrictions on size and height.

In the Matadero you can find impressive displays of paintings, sculptors, design and video art. The projects here are of all fields and interact with artists from around the world. Music performances, of all styles and numbers, theater productions, and alternative theater make this place into a lively cultural center.




#Tips

Visit the website for Matadero, to see if they are interesting events so you won't miss anything during your visit.


A Closer Look at the Square Around the Matadero:

https://youtu.be/moxnAz_Sddk


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/bykbgXTDScw
Palacio de Comunicaciones
#About the Decorated Palace that was the Post Office and Today is the City Hall

The Palacio de Comunicaciones (Cybele Palace), makes one think of a wedding cake, it is an amazing building that used to be the Post Office of Spain, and today is used as Madrid's city hall.

The palace was built in 1907, and it operated many years as the central Post Office building, that looks more like a cathedral or royal palace than the local post office.

Today it is the palace of city hall. It is nice to visit inside the Palacio de Comunicaciones, to enter the cafe and watch Madrid from above. Today in the building are also the Post Office Museum, and the post office, which maybe be the fanciest building in the world of its kind. Its external and internal design is filled with beauty, and a visit here will be a great experience, like nothing you have ever seen before.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/FZbBnI5JLvE


Another Longer Look:

https://youtu.be/2hbdloMu58g
Mercado los Mostenses
#About the Food Market Meant Barely for Locals

In Plaza Mostenses there is a market that pretends to be an international food market. We are writing about this market mostly to warn tourists, this is a market for locals, with tough smells, that we think is a waste of time.



#Tips

A waste of time - don't come here!

In the afternoon, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm the market is closed.
Teleferico
#About the Cable Car that Will Take You To the Beautiful View Point

Madrid's cable car (Teleferico) has been operating since 1969, and is considered a great attraction.

To ride the cable car, get to the Rosales metro station, in Parque de Oeste. From here ascend the cable car, above the treetops, with the beautiful views, from the height of 620 meters above sea level, over all of Madrid.

Next to the wonderful Madrid views and its surroundings, you can see above the Egyptian Temple of Debod, The Royal Palace of Madrid and Almudena Cathedral, from a different angle.

The Madrid cable car will bring you on a track for 11 minutes, from Paseo del Pintor Rosales, north of Plaza de Espana, over the Manzanares River, and to the heart of the Casa de Campo park, a distance of 2.5 kilometers.


#Tips

To get to the cable car, reach the metro station Rosales.

The cable car opens at 12:00 pm.

On the way back you can pick the metro or buy a ticket in advance back and forth on the cable car.

In the park Casa de Campo itself you can spend many hours, like at the zoo or the aquarium fo Madrid, and in the amusement park of the city Parque de Atracciones de Madrid. All these are located a few minutes walking from the cable car.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ccnn8OMYCNE


A Visit to the Cable Car:

https://youtu.be/IUhdn-E6_tQ
Museo de Arte Reina Sofía
#About the Museum for Temporary Exhibits for Spanish Art

Most boast about museum's permanent exhibits, and just check out the temporary exhibits. In the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, there are many temporary exhibits. Actually, in each visit here you will probably see completely different works of art.

The museum excels in the Spanish artistic advancement starting from 1900, and until the 1970's. There is also an open art library for the general public, with a collection of over 10,000 books, almost 4,000 recordings and over 1,000 video clips.

In the display you can see a variety of art by famous artists. You might see works here by Dali, Miro, Julio Gonzales, with a strong emphasis on Picasso's fantastic works.

Notice the famous work by Picasso, "Guernica," for the huge size does not get close to the story that stands behind it. The painting was painted after the tough German bombings over the Spanish town of Guernica, during the Civil War of 1937. The terrible bombing killed 2,000 residents of the small town. In this amazing work of art, you can see the terrors of war in black and white. In the space where the painting is displayed, you can see the paintings that were made by Picasso before and during its creation.

The museum is one of three named the Golden Triangle of Art - the area where there are three main museums around the Paseo del Prado. One of them is the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía, and then there are also the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.



A Closer Look at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid:

https://youtu.be/qfcwN3u5-Sw


La Latina
#About the Best Neighborhood for Tapas and Beers in Madrid

In the La Latine neighborhood (Barrio de La Latina), many (Madrileños) Madrid residents come to get a cold glass of beer, and delicious tapas dishes.

Imagine a quarter that is a sort of never-ending Spanish celebration, loud, happy, colorful, and you have La Latina Quarter. The scene is especially vibrant in the evenings and on weekends, mostly Sundays, from the early morning hours to the evening.

These hours of Sunday, are the same hours that the famous flea market, El Retro, opens. At the tapas bars with the excellent beers next to the market, Madrid locals spend their day resting, until the small hours of the night.

Most of the colorful entertainment happens between the two squares. The first is Plaza de la Paja, the main square of Madrid during the Middle Ages, and the second is Plaza de la Cebada, which is more like a street than a square.

So La Latina, the most crowded tapas bar area in Madrid, is a recommended place to go out. Many times it will end with local residents of Madrid, in the small hours of the night.



A Closer Look in the Area Recommended for Tapas Tastings:

https://youtu.be/95Z7HNIc81c


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/Rdz2S731ru0
Museu Thyssen-Bornamiza
#About the Museum that was Born From the World's Largest Private Art Collection

The purpose of the Thyssen-Bornamiza Museum (Museu Thyssen-Bornamiza) was to present the collection of art acquired by the Spanish government from the Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornamiza in 1993. It was probably the most important private collection in the world - by Baron Thyssen-Bornamiza. It was opened to the general public in 1992 and expanded in 2004.

In the museum you can see about 300 works, created from the 13th century until today. On the ground floor you can see the variety of modernist creations. On the first floor you will see the Dutch works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Here you will see a lot of Impressionist and Post Impressionist works. On the second floor are the details of the ancient collection, including a collection of Italian painters (also known as "primitive"), a collection of portraits, paintings by various Renaissance painters, including Titian and El Greco and Baroque paintings, such as those of Bernini and others.

Together with the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, Thyssen-Bornamiza is one of the three museums known as the "Golden Triangle of Art" - the area where the three main museums around Paseo del Prado are located.


#Tips

On Mondays the entrance to the museum is free

If you are limited in time, this museum is a little less significant than the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia.


A Closer Look at the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid:

https://youtu.be/ryTZWbd89UI
Museo Lazaro Galdiano
#About the Museum of Private and Varied Art

The Museo Lazaro Galdiano is a museum born of the private collection of a private collector named Lázaro Galdiano.

The Museum of Art opened in 1951. It contains 37 rooms of works of art. Among the works exhibited are portraits, landscape paintings and paintings by the Spanish painter: Goya.

Other items in the museum include furniture, crystals, jewelry and gemstones. The museum also features weapons and military equipment and ancient war tools, such as medieval swords and armor.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/LXW9CRRD_Yw
Puerta del Sol
#About the Madrid City Center and its Demonstration Square

The Puerta del Sol Square, meaning "The Gate of the Sun," is the heart of the city and its central point. It is lively and popular with tourists and locals. For many generations there have been quite a few historical events that have made it famous and very important. Originally, by the way, it was adjacent to the eastern walls of the city and only in the 18th century it became a central square within the old city of Madrid.

Around the square you can see the traditional little shops that will sell you all kinds of interesting items and beautiful souvenirs. Pay attention to their colorful wooden doors. In the center of the square are a number of sculptures - the statue of King Carlos III, the Casa de Kraus and the Clock Tower, which was erected in 1866 and the clock on which knocks twelve knocks.

The source of the name "Square of the Sun" is from the symbol that was on an ancient gate that was in the city, from which one could enter the city. At the corner of the square is the distance marker, from which the distances are measured in Spain. In other words, in the heart of the square is the 0 point, the point from which all the main roads in Spain cross and the distances are measured. You'll probably see tourists gathering around and take pictures excitedly. It was also referred to in the cinema, in the film "Mile 0," in which the characters turned the point into their meeting spot.

The square, often referred to simply as the "Sol", is also an exit point for many tours of the city center.

If you came to Madrid in the cold season, consider that on December 31, New Year's Eve, there will be a great celebration and a lot of excitement and noise.


#About the Sculptures in the Square

Although Guidol has detailed guides on the statues separately, there are a few central statues in the square to say a few words about:

The statue of King Carlos III is an impressive statue placed here in 1997. Carlos was the king of Spain, who transferred it to the era of education and industrialization and is considered one of those responsible for becoming a more modern kingdoms

The bear statue and the mulberry tree, which you will see in another part of the square, is a statue of a bear touching the fruits of the mulberry tree. This statue weighs about 20 tons and appears on the flag of the city of Madrid. There are arguments about exactly what the bear and the tree symbolize, but we have prepared a separate guide just for this statue.


#Tips

Shopping enthusiasts may be interested in all the surroundings of the square and the large department store El Corte Ingles spread over a number of buildings.

From the square there are 3 pedestrian streets, the Al-Carmen pedestrian street, the Praçados pedestrian street and the pedestrian street of Montara, all leading to Gran Via, the main street of Madrid.

Every evening there are fascinating musicians and curious street artists. Fun!


Piazza Puerta del Sol:

https://youtu.be/TwKwj0YspaE


new Year's Eve:

https://youtu.be/xRP65cg_q6Y
Parque Warner Madrid
Statue of Carlos III
Puerta de Alcalá
Plaza de Espana
Planetario De Madrid


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