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El Escorial Monastery and the Valle de los Caidos On this half day excursion from Madrid you will visit El Escorial monastery, a living monument and a tremendously important tourist attraction. UNESCO recognized it as a Monument of World Interest…more...
Food Wine and Entertainment tour of Old MadridFood Wine and Enter- tainment tour of Old Madrid During our evening together, we will make three eating stops to introduce you to the five main food and wine pairings of Spain.more...
Madrid Artistic Walking Tour of the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums On this private half day walking tour our guide will show you the different Art Masterpieces in the Prado and Reina Sophia Museums…more...
Madrid by Night and Torres Bermejas Flamenco Show Tour of Madrid by night and a performance of the Flamenco dances...more...
Madrid Royal Palace and Panoramic City Tour On this half day scheduled group tour excursion you will enjoy guided visit of Madrid's Royal Palace and after a panoramic city tour...more...
Panoramic Madrid City Tour On this private half day chauffeur driven tour you will get a panoramic view of Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain…more...
Plaza Mayor Puerta del Sol and Royal Palace Walking Tour On this private half day walking tour our guide will show you the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Royal Palace…more...
Prado Museum and Panoramic City Tour in Madrid On this half day scheduled group tour excursion you will enjoy guided visit of Madrid's Prado Museum and after a panoramic city tour...more...
Scheduled Coach City Tour and Bullfight in Madrid Enjoy a City tour of Madrid visiting the most important and representative buildings and monuments. After the tour, you will see one of the most typical traditions in Spain, the Bullfight...more...
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Madrid is a modern, world-class, but also  historic city - the capital of Spain - located almost centrally in the heart of the country.  A contrast of old and new, Madrid is a beautiful and vibrant city with great architectural interest.  You might find the drive into the city a bit boring with its suburbs of concrete apartment blocks, but once in the centre, you will enjoy the traditional streets, with medieval buildings and some narrow and very atmospheric alleys, containing shops and bars.

The old quarter has a concentration of magnificent attractions including the Prado Museum with its great art collection, as well as the Reina Sofia and Thysssen-Bornemisza galleries, displaying Picasso and many other European and American masters.

The people of Madrid are among the great attractions of the city.  Commonly known as the "Madrileños" they can be seen relaxing in the traditional cafes and cars, at the Sunday El Rastro flea market, and also late into the night at the many bars and nightclubs of Madrid.

For shopping, Madrid is a shopper's paradise, including the classy and expensive shops of the Salamanca Quarter.  For those on a more modest budget, the El Rastro flea market is highly recommended.

Other attractions include:
Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat) - a lovely green and leafy oasis in the heart of the city including a lake where rowing boats can be hired.  There are also wonderful puppet shows for the children in the park.

Temple of Debod - an ancient Egyptian temple which has been rebuilt in Madrid. The temple was originally built in southern Egypt, close to the first cataract of the Nile and is dedicated to the goddess Isis, in Philae. Due to the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan In 1960,  and the subsequent threat it posed to certain monuments and archaeological sites, UNESCO made an international call to save this rich historical patrimony. As a sign of gratitude for the help provided by Spain in saving the temples of Abu Simbel, the Egyptian state donated the temple to Spain in 1968.

The Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) which has the world's finest stage and acoustic settings for opera.

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium - home to Real Madrid - is a must visit for football fans.

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Real Madrid Bernabeu Stadium Tour Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Madrid and after a tour of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Football Club Real Madrid...more...

The city has many relaxing plazas with beautiful sculptures, including the Plaza de Cibeles with its magical fountain and the Plaza Mayor, a lovely place for strolling, feeding the pigeons and enjoying a cup of coffee at one of the sidewalk cafes.

Click for Madrid, Spain ForecastWeather in Madrid:  Freezing cold in winter, and boiling hot in summer!  Recommended seasons for visiting this fascinating city are Spring and Autumn, when you can stroll around the city and enjoy its many pleasures in comfort.

Transport:  with the versatile metro and bus transport systems, plus convenient taxis that can be hailed in the street, you will have no problems getting around Madrid.

In conclusion, Madrid is among the world's most popular destination cities and is well worth the visit.

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About the Author: Anne Sewell runs the website All Madrid Accommodation, which offers hotel and apartment reservations in Madrid, along with great private tours of the city and its surroundings.

Featured Madrid Tours
Cooking Class in Madrid (Avant-Garde Cuisine) If you are interested in learning how to prepare Spanish Avante Garde dishes but you do not have too much time to dedicate to it, consider a morning in the kitchen, followed by a three course lunch in Barcelona…more... El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Coach Excursion from Madrid On this scheduled coach excursion from Madrid you will be taken on a guided visit of El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen...more... Cooking Class in Madrid (Traditional Cuisine) If you are interested in learning how to prepare Spanish dishes but you do not have too much time to dedicate to it, consider a morning in the kitchen, followed by a three course lunch in Madrid…more...
Prado Museum and Royal Palace On this private tour you will visit the world-renowned Prado Museum. After we visit the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), constructed on the site of a Moorish fortress…more... Real Madrid Bernabeu Stadium Tour Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Madrid and after a tour of Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Football Club Real Madrid...more... Madrid by Night with Dinner and Flamenco show Madrid is a city they say never sleeps. On this private night tour you will take a panoramic tour of the city. Then dinner and a Flamenco show in a traditional Flamenco restaurants in the centre…more...
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Agumar Hotel, Madrid
Hotel Agumar is a stylish hotel located in the heart of Spain's capital city, Madrid, near el Parque de Retiro.  This modern Madrid hotel has been recently refurbished to bring you a new and excellent range of facilities and amenities making sure you enjoy a pleasant and hassle free stay in Hotel Agumar.  Hotel Agumar offers accommodation in 245 tastefully designed comfortable guestrooms located over 11 floors. Hotel Agumar also offers superb dining, leisure and conference facilities for the convenience of all its patrons.  Guests enjoy relax and unwind in the elegant hotel restaurant or bar while the hotel also provides its own entertainment venue for those eager to sample Spanish nightlife Madrid style! 
Apsis Moderno Hotel, Madrid
The HOTEL MODERNO is situated in the heart of Madrid, at the Puerta del Sol.  Close to the hotel, our guests will encounter Madrid's best shopping area, where they can enjoy the numerous stores on Preciados, Carmen and Arenal Street as well as the Corte Inglés.  Likewise, the hotel is located in the heart of historical Madrid (The Plaza Mayor, 'el Madrid de los Austrias'). It is surrounded by the city's most famous monuments (The Royal Palace, the Royal Theatre, the Parliament, the Senate, etc...) and Madrid's most cosmopolitan places (Prado Museum, Thyssen Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, etc...). All these places are just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.
Asturias Hotel, Madrid
The Hotel Asturias in Madrid, Spain is 200 meters from the restaurants, shops and historical sights of Puerta del Sol. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen Museums can all be found within one kilometer of the hotel. Madrid Barajas Airport is 22 kilometers away.  Staying in the Hotel Asturias is a real pleasure, not only for its exquisite location, in the very heart of Madrid, just 200km from the Puerta del Sol, but also because you can reach it by strolling through the most commercial and cultural area of our city.
Best Western Arosa, Madrid
The Best Western Hotel Arosa is located in the most central zone of Madrid, Gran Via Street, centre of business, shopping and tourism par excellence, with easy access and parking. This privileged situation and their high facilities, such as free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel, convert it in a perfect hotel for business trip and leisure. Shuttle bus from/to airport on request. In short, the Best Western Hotel Arosa counts with all the necessary to make your stay in Madrid as a pleasure. Best Western Arosa's lobby displays baroque-style design with a modern twist. Marble floors contrast with crimson zebra fabrics and aubergine leather sofas. The hotel hosts business gatherings in its two meeting rooms and supplies audio/visual equipment and wireless internet service.
Confortel All Suites Madrid
The Confortel Suites Madrid is a deluxe hotel in the heart of the city, on the major shopping street "Lopez de Hoyos", the hotel is just a few meters from the Alfonso Xiii Metro Station and it has excellent access to the M30 and M40 motorways. Madrid's Barajas Airport, the Central Business District and the Trade Fair Pavilion are all within easy reach of this hotel. The convenient location in the heart of Madrid and the metro stop direct in front of the hotel make it ideal for sightseeing excursions and tourists. WIFI access in communal areas, restaurant, lobby bar, 8 meeting rooms which may be divided up to hold 400 people and a public car park.
Hotel Maria Elena Palace, Madrid
The Hotel María Elena Palace is the perfect option for pleasure breaks and business trips, thanks to its location in the historical quarter of Madrid.  The hotel is located in the very centre of Madrid, just 200m from the emblematic Puerta del Sol, and very close to the principal shopping district of the city.  The modern building has 87 rooms, 4 of which are suites. The design is enhanced by its large glass dome in its luxurious lobby and its patios covered by domes made from sculpted marble, natural stone and glass give its Hispanic style a distinction of quality.
Hotel Ritz Madrid
The palatial Hotel Ritz Madrid is located in the centre of historic Madrid, Spain, opposite the renowned Prado Museum, between La Lealtad Square's magnolia trees and Neptune's Fountain. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Stock Exchange and popular Retiro Park are within 300 metres.  Built in 1910 by King Alfonso Xlll as a grand luxury hotel to match Europe's finest, the Hotel Ritz Madrid occupies a six-storey building with French windows and balconies. The large marble-floored lobby has pillars, high ceilings, chandeliers and handmade carpets.  Hotel Ritz has long provided the capital's most elegant entertainment. To stay at the Hotel Ritz is to step inside a baroque palace, an experience you won't forget.
Hotel Vincci Capitol, Madrid
The Hotel Vincci Capitol is a first-class hotel located 13 kilometers from Barajas Airport. This hotel is situated in Callao Square, in the heart of Madrid. The Vincci Capitol is located one kilometer from the Plaza Mayor, Retiro Park and the Museum Thyssen Bornemiza. The Prado Museum is located only two kilometers from the hotel. Within a couple of meters of the hotel, guests can visit the Puerta del Sol and el Corte Ingles. This central location makes the Vincci Capitol the ideal location for a visit to the Spanish capital whether for business or leisure.  Hotel Vincci Capitol also features Cinemas Capitol located on the building's ground floor.
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