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Tour of Madrid, Spain by Anne Sewell
|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
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
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
The Santiago Bernabéu
Stadium - home to Real Madrid - is a must visit for football
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.
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.
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
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About the Author: Anne Sewell
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Accommodation, which offers hotel and apartment reservations in Madrid,
along with great private tours of the city and its surroundings.
hotels in Madrid
HOTELS IN MADRID, SPAIN
browsing hotels in Madrid
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!
Moderno Hotel, Madrid
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.
Hotel Asturias in Madrid, Spain is 200 meters from the restaurants, shops
and historical sights of Puerta del Sol. The Prado, Reina Sofia
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.
Western Arosa, Madrid
Best Western Hotel Arosa is located in the most central zone of Madrid,
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
All Suites Madrid
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.
Maria Elena Palace, Madrid
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
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.
Vincci Capitol, Madrid
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.