Spain is one of those countries that everyone wants to visit, and it’s no wonder when you think about the landscapes, cities, towns, beaches, resorts, and overall nature that encompasses its landmass. Of course, the weather doesn’t hurt either!
The capital city, Madrid, is home to some of the country’s royalist history and buildings, and was the centre of the Spanish Empire back in the day. This is now evident from the sheer number of impressive buildings dotted round the city, and the main bulk of the history and tourist attractions are all concentrated in the city centre – this is a great news for those who are visiting for the first time.
Getting around any city can be tricky, but the compact nature of the tourist attractions in Madrid makes the whole thing easier. One bump in the road you do need to get over however, is how you are going to get from the airport to your hotel. There are several options, but one of the most luxurious is to hire a limo to pick you up and take you to your hotel, in total and utter style! This is a great suggestion if you want to really start your holiday in a special way, and if you are celebrating an occasion, e.g. a birthday or anniversary.
One of the main pulls of Madrid, aside from the royal history and buildings, is the nightlife. Madrid is thought to have more bars in one concentrated area than any other European city, and it’s not unusual to see the streets packed during the evenings, especially at the weekends.
If you prefer something a little more cultural, the Museum Triangle is for you. This is named because of the three important art museums which are situated close to each other, on Paseo del Prado. These museums include Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia. On top of this, you simply have to visit Plaza Mayor, a huge plaza which was once home to bullfights and authentic markets. Today this isn’t the case, and it is simply touristic, with coffee shops and markets, but it’s still got that city vibe that will be intoxicating to first time visitors.
The main streets in Madrid include Gran Via, Alcala Street, and Paseo de la Castellana. Gran Via is where you will find the liveliest nightlife.
Put simply, Madrid is a city that is more than worth an exploration.