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Nestled over the River Manzanares, Madrid is known to be the capital of Spain. Named as the second largest city due to the huge population that it embraces, the city is a hub for all the football fans all around the world and entertains a huge crowd throughout the year. There are places that are so beautiful that words fall short while describing them and Madrid is one of those places, a perfect amalgamation of culture, adventure, food and history, this alluring city must be on every traveller’s list.

Puerta de Alcalá
Puerta de Alcalá

Home to one of the oldest football clubs in the world, Madrid is a city that never fails to surprise its visitors with an array of options. History is the witness of some of the finest art and architecture that Madrid has featured along with showering its love and nurturing the unique artist Goya and Velázquez that have helped in gaining the popularity that this vibrant city currently holds. 

Madrid might not have The Leaning Tower of Paris or architectural history of Rome but Madrid displays the picturesque backdrop of the merry city. From ancient mansions to contemporary masterpieces, the quaint brickwork and the slate barb of Madrid baroque and the confection of the world-famous belle époque. Put purely, Madrid is a dream city for travellers.

Setting an exemplary example in the forte of cuisine, the travellers can witness the ultimate wholehearted hospitality that the city offers. From the old town cafes to modern themed bars, one can enjoy it all. Make sure to try some of the most popular dishes such as Cocido Madrileno, Callos a la madrileña and Oreja a la plancha.

Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
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Best Time To Visit The City

Imagine balmy temps blowing through the city when you take a walk with your loved ones on the narrow lanes overshadowed with branched leaves. If that makes the traveller within you come alive then make sure to book the tickets to this city either in Fall (September to November) or during the spring (March to May). The weather is the nicest during these two seasons when the city comes into its true form, featuring nothing but the best. 

For all the soccer fans out there, well, the love for the game will pull you pretty much during any time of the year. However, if you are looking to save up on the extra bucks, you can consider travelling during the winter season when hotels reduce their price due to the fall in the tourist’s rate. 

 

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National Archaeological Museum

If you want to take a quick trip through the rich history of Spain, the unique and rare items that predate the Roman period are now encompassed into this museum. Numerable Iberian wealth and sculptures are displayed in this museum which appears to be new even after being 2500 years old. The museum gives a pleasant sight to all the art and history lovers gathered to witness the beauty of the city.

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Royal Palace

An amalgamation of Baroque architecture with neoclassical styles, this Royal palace was constructed in the mid-1700s for a former king and is known to be the largest luxurious palace in the western part of Europe. Visit the inside of this palace to witness the unique works by Goya, Caravaggio and Velázquez.

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Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Home to one of the most successful football clubs in the world, this stadium is the place which is held accountable for the arrival of the majority of tourists all around the world. This gargantuan stadium is widely spread in the huge area and has the capacity to accommodate 85,000 fans all at once.

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Retiro Park

Surrounded by the greenery, beneath the open skies, this park provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding to the visitors. Known to be Madrid's green heart, this park was anciently seen to be a private Royal property until it was declared to be public property. There’s a pond nearby to sit and enjoy the serenity of the peaceful surrounding with the sound of the gushing water. There’s a glass pavilion built to protect the Phillippine Exhibition in 1887 still residing in the pond, the park provides a magnificent view when the trees turn golden brown during the summer season.

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The Prado

If you’re visiting Madrid, make sure to keep this place on the top of your list. This is one of the most visited and renowned art palaces not only in Madrid but in the country. Art lovers will go all gaga by the art dangling on the walls of this museum, Spanish Romantic Goya has covered the wall of the Prado with his rare art.

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El Rastro

Calling out all the shopaholics out there to witness the one of a kind market of Madrid. Known to be the largest flea market in Madrid, it entertains a huge crowd on public holidays and weekends. If you want to grab the best souvenirs for your loved ones, make sure to visit the market early to prevent the hassle and haggle with the shopkeepers and grab the products at the best price. You can find various antique shops to decorate your household with the homemade beauty of the city.

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Barcelona

Squatting on the coast of north-eastern Spain, Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia region and is known to be the second most populous city in the country. Home to one of the most renowned and successful football clubs in the world, this alluring city rests on the coast amidst the mouth of River Llobregat and Besos and provides a class apart view to its visitors.

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Toledo

Situated on the banks of the serene Tagus, Toledo is a vibrant city which was declared to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1986. Also referred to as the Imperial city, Toledo is situated at a distance of 74 km in the southward direction from Madrid. From Santa Iglesia Catedral to Monasterio de San Huan de Reyes, this city offers a lot of rich sights to its visitors.

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Coslada

Due to the construction of the Dry Port of the Community Madrid in Coslada, the city has become the major logistic hub in the entire country. The city is situated at a distance of 7 km from Madrid which makes it a perfect place for a day trip to explore the rarity in the city. There is not much to see in the city from a tourists point of view, however, the city can take you away from the chaos of Madrid to provide you with some serene moments.

Segovia

At a distance of 91 km from Madrid, lies this alluring city with a history so rich that it dazzles the minds of its visitors with its cultural abundance and picturesque atmosphere. Aqueduct is one of the many reasons that tourists always keep this city on the top of their list while visiting Madrid. The Romanesque Churches, baroque architecture and the gothic ruins must be visited by every tourist.

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Avila

Known to be the capital of Avila Province, this city arguably features the best medieval walls not only in Spain but in the entire Europe. The city is situated in the heart of the country and is known for the high tourism rate that it entertains. Make sure to book a ride to Avila from Madrid, book a ride with Rydeu to experience a class apart service.

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Salamanca

Situated in the northwestern part of Spain, this vibrant city is known to be the capital of Salamanca province which is a part of the Leon region. Dating back to the Celtic era, history and architecture are two prominent reasons for the beauty of this city. Salamanca is home to numerous bars and cafes so make sure to explore the local cuisine for a timeless experience.

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Las Rozas Village

If you are a shopaholic, well, we have news for you, Las Rozas is quite the opposite of what we infer by hearing its name. The place is home to numerous high-end shopping complexes offering a huge discount on their selections. This place is just 30 minutes drive away from the vibrant city of Madrid.

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Ribera del Duero

Situated at a distance of 143 km from the chaos and mirth of Madrid, this district is situated at the zenith of the southern part of the Burgos province. One might be able to witness great architecture and rich history of the place after visiting this place.

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Castile-La Mancha

Situated in the heart of the country, Castile-La Mancha is a laid-back region with numerous vineyards, castles and quaint windmills, this place attracts a lot of tourists due to its rustic beauty. Wine lovers must book a day trip to Castile-La Mancha and explore different rare vines that the country births.

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Cordoba

Squatting in southern Spain, this alluring city is known for its baroque churches and ancient architecture. Make sure to shop leather from this leather-bearing place, buying silver is yet another thing that every traveller must experience. While in Cordoba, the food lovers have the liberty to go gaga over the olive dishes that the city offers.

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