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Madrid Spain is the capital city of Spain in Europe and offers tourists a unique blend of modern infrastructure and a historic look and feel, all at the same time! It has around seven million tourists and is in the top 5 most visited cities in Europe. Madrid has the highest number of trees and green space per inhabitant in the whole of Europe. Every 15 minutes walk is met with green space. Tourists enjoy the Buen Retiro Park, former grounds of the palace but now Madrid’s most popular park. It is also home to the Forest of the Departed which honours the 191 victims of the Madrid attacks of 2004. Sport lovers will enjoy the fact that Madrid is home to two world-famous football clubs, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid, both of which draw in huge crowds. madrid spainMadrid has a young city feel to it. It attracts a younger age group of tourists than other European cities. As such, the nightlife on offer is one of the main attractions of the city. There is something to cater for every age group and taste, from more relaxed tapas bars and jazz clubs, to more lively clubs, cocktail bars and live music venues. The city rarely sleeps and those who hit the city nightlife tend to eat a meal later in the evening and begin drinking and partying after midnight until the early hours. As well as the young, older couples enjoy the romantic offerings of Madrid and its history, with its warm and welcoming climate, friendly people and wonderful Spanish cuisine. madrid spainIt offers fantastic shopping attractions, including traditional shops, modern department stores and markets. Events wise, Madrid has much to offer a visitor. Since 1929, it has played host to the largest plaza de toros (bullring) in Spain, held at Las Ventas and seating nearly 25,000 people. The bullfighting seasons runs from March to October. In addition Madrid offers numerous Flamenco shows and live music. Other events include La Transhumancia, whereby Madrid has no cars but has a heard of livestock walking through the city, Madrid Gay Pride in early July and La Paloma, a traditional festival of food and music. madrid spainFrom food, nightlife, shopping and culture, Madrid is a firm favourite on the tourism scene. Landmarks of note for tourists to Madrid include:
  • The Royal Palace of Madrid, a baroque palace which is also the official residence of Juan Carlos 1 of Spain
  • The Royal Theatre and opera house, which attract visitors who enjoy culture and fine music
  • The National Library containing noteworthy Spanish archives from history
  • The Golden Triangle of Art includes three art museums, which collectively offer art lovers everything they need
  • National Archaeological Museum and the National Museum of Natural Sciences – with thousands of exhibits
  • Cibeles Palace and Fountain, an important monument of the city where tourists queue to have their photo taken
  • The Old Town, as with many Old Town is architecturally beautiful and well worth a visit
  • Catholic churches, with important and famous religious artwork for Spain and Europe at large

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