Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. It is also the third largest city in the EU after London and Berlin and one of the world’s major cities. Located on the Manzanares River, this cultural, political and economical centre of Spain offers many famous museums and sights. Madrid is renowned for housing some of the best art collections in the world in its three main museums called the Golden Triangle of Art. The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum house art from world famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Velaquez, El Greco, Goya, Damien Hirst and Francis Bacon.
Puerta del Sol
This plaza, like many Spanish plazas, is the heart of the city and one of the busiest places. Locals and tourists alike gather here for street performances and many cafes. The plaza also features one of the most famous monuments, which is also the symbol of Madrid, the Bear and the Madrono Tree statue.
This plaza is another major location in the city centre and is only a short distance from the Puerto del Sol. It is a hot spot for a range of events from markets to soccer matches and has plenty of shops and cafes catering to locals and tourists. At the centre of the plaza sits the famous bronze statue of King Philip II.
The Royal Palace is one of the biggest palaces in Europe. The gigantic building is the official residence of the Spanish Royal family although they do not live here. It is located in a magnificent location overlooking the river and is considered one of the most beautiful examples of architecture and art, inside and out.
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- Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
- Local time: GMT + 1 hour
- Airports: Madrid (MAD)
- Flight duration: 2 hours 15 minutes approximately
- Languages: Spanish; many people speak English
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Type C 2 pin and Type F 2 pin are used
- Visa: not required for EU citizens; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities
- Passport: EU passport holders travelling to Spain must have an up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return; non-EU citizens are advised to check with the relevant authorities