5/5 - Excellent
ChrisJan 18, 2020
Enjoyed every single part of Madrid, all the places, Food, culture, streets, shopping and people.
A city of cool shaded alleys, and wide sunny parks, grand palaces and even grander plazas, this is a place that lives up to its motto of 'Madrid never sleeps'.
In the 18th century, a new dynasty – the Bourbons – were on the Spanish throne, and they didn't like the shabby look of their capital and decided to make a few changes. You can see their efforts in the splendour of Madrid's parks, monuments and palaces – and in the curious contrast between old Madrid's tight-packed streets, and its many beautiful open parks. You can thank the royal connection for those – the Casa de Campo, a huge tract of parkland in the west, was once a royal hunting ground. Now it has an amusement park, boating lake and zoo.
To the east is the more formal park of El Retiro, actually the gardens of the old Habsburg palace. Its 121 hectares of tree-lined avenues, waterways, Romanesque gardens are the perfect 'back lawn' for Madrid's best-known museum – the Prado Museum, which houses a world-class collection of European Renaissance and Classical paintings. Close by are two other art galleries – the Reina Sofia Museum, with its famed Dali's and Picasso's and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum. Taken together, they form Madrid's Golden Triangle of Art.
Starting at the old town's gateway of Puerta De Alcala, follow a string of beautiful plaza's, from the famous fountains of the Plaza De Cibeles, to the vibrant Puerta Del Sol and finally the Plaza Mayor – Madrid's jaw-dropping square. A perfect contrast to that plaza's wide open skies is nearby El Rastro, Madrid's infamous and ancient flea-market of a thousand stalls.
But if you keep going along the Calle Mayor, and you'll find yourself at the Royal Palace, where Spain's kings moved to in the 19th century, and which still hosts royal events. Next-door is the grandeur of the Almudena Cathedral, the elegance of the Royal Theatre, and the beauty of the Sabatini Gardens. To the north, the gardens lead you onto one last 'must-see' plaza – the Plaza De Espana. This is where you'll find a fabulous monument to Spain's greatest author – Cervantes, the 16th century creator of Don Quixote. This monument to past glories sits beneath two enormous, yet stylish, post-war tower blocks. Incongruous, quirky but done with style – you could say that's Madrid all over.
Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020
Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020
A square-shaped piece of Madrid's soul – a sheltered 17th century quadrangle that has seen bull-fights and fiestas, fires and protests and kings that come and go.
A roll call of brilliant painters – Bosch, Rubens, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Goya and Velázquez – are waiting to be viewed at the Prado Museum.
A beautiful square dominated by its statue to Miguel Cervantes – creator of windmill-tilting Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho.
Armouries and pharmacies, rooms filled with fine porcelain, amazing collections of watches and silverware, and never-ending corridors graced by masterpieces.
While Casa de Campo is a park walking on the wild side of western Madrid, its eastern counterpart, El Retiro Park, is Madrid's genteel, cultured take on park-life.
Cutting-edge contemporary art – and challenging pieces by Spain's 20th century art 'superstars', Picasso and Dali – are among the works found in the Reina Sofía.
Step back in time as you explore Toledo and Segovia on this guided excursion with an experienced guide. Learn about Spanish history while strolling past medieval architecture, soaring cathedrals, and charming neighborhoods in 2 cities that bear beautiful traces of the region's past.
Get a lay of the land and soak in the sights of the Spanish capital on a double-decker bus, hopping on and off as you see fit to explore Madrid at your own pace. With unlimited rides on 2 routes, you can cruise easily between attractions like the world-famous Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Let the swirling skirts, fanciful footwork, stirring guitar rhythms, and powerful vocals of world-class singers whisk you away to the Spain of a bygone era. During a flamenco performance at the renowned Cadamomo, let yourself be captivated by an unforgettable performance in an inviting atmosphere.
Home to Real Madrid CF, this visit will not leave any soccer – or football – fan indifferent. Visit the interactive museum and audiovisuals. Step into the press room, the dressing rooms and walk along the Player’s Tunnel until you reach the pitch.
Skip the lines and get inside one of the most memorable Royal Castles of Europe, the “Royal Palace of Madrid”, with this tour. Take a look inside one of the most memorable royal palaces in Europe with this tour to the official home of the Spanish monarchy.
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Verified travelerOct 11, 2019
There was a lot of construction work going on around the major tourist areas and also the lack of English instructions. English being the first universally spoken language should be included on signage as it is hard to navigate the city.