A surprising European capital where history, art, nightlife and food excellence merge to make a unique point of interest for Spain lovers: Madrid is a vibrant city to discover and enjoy all over the year.

Great for a weekend with friend and family or as the first destination before heading to the coast, Madrid can offer you everything you wish.

Why is it so amazing?

Well, one of the most attractive sides of the city is its artistic patrimony: many important masterpieces by the most famous artists in the world can be admired in its main galleries and museums. First of all, you should spend some time in the Museo del Prado, one of the world’s top art galleries: more than 7000 paintings are showcased here and will let you discover the Spanish soul through the works of incredible artists like Goya and Velázquez. And if you love Picasso’s Guernica, head to the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía: it will astonish you with its fabulous collection of contemporary art!

While walking through the city, there are iconic places that you can’t miss: Plaza Mayor, where the narrow streets of the city centre disclose in a wide, open square, the magnificent Palacio Real where you can go for a guided tour through the 50 rooms where the Spanish royal family used to live, and if you want to relax the Parque del Buen Retiro, a beautiful green space to take a nice stroll or visit the Palacio de Cristal, a modern building made of metal and glass which sometimes hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

Looking for something unconventional to do in Madrid?

This city will never stop surprising you: visit La Tabacalera, an old tobacco factory in the heart of Madrid turned into a social and cultural space that everybody is free to use for singing, painting, dancing, sharing ideas with others and promoting free culture!

Then explore the neighborhood la Latina, where normally locals enjoy some drinks during the weekend and eat something at the Mercado de la Cebada. Also, go to El Rastro, a fantastic flea market where you can spend your Sunday morning and then end up tasting the best tapas ever!

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So what would you like to do the most in Madrid?