A trip to Madrid, the capital city of Spain, may just end up being the experience of your lifetime.  Madrid has a vibrant nightlife with numerous Latino clubs and Irish bars, as well as ultra cool dance clubs.

Spain - Madrid - Parque del Retiro

Madrid is home to some spectacular historic monuments and architecture including Western Europe’s largest Royal Palace. Other famous attractions include the iconic old city gate Puerta de Alcala and the 2nd century Egyptian Templo de Debod Cathedral which is the city’s largest church.

Spain- Madrid - Plaza de CibelesThere are countless museums in the city of Madrid, the most popular ones being the Centro de Arte Reina Sophia which is home to Picasso’s famous Guernica and many other fantastic paintings of the 20th century. Also famous is the Prado Museum (also called the Prado de los Jerónimos) which displays works of art of some of the world’s most famous artists, like Rubens, El Greco, Dürer and Goya. The third museum of what is called the ‘Golden Museum Triangle’ is the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, which is home to over 800 paintings, sculptures, carvings and tapestries.

Madrid is a city which has no dearth of popular parks and plazas. The most famous ones include the Parque Del Buen Retiro, where you can rent a boat and paddle on the lake, the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens and the Faunia Nature Park, which houses 8 eco-systems with an exotic wildlife.

Other places of interest include the central Plaza de Oriente which houses the impressive 17th Century Plaza Mayor and the historic Plaza de la Villa, which is home to classic buildings like the Torred de Lujanes and the Casa de Cisneros.

Spain - Madrid - Segovia - Roman AqueductOther things you shouldn’t miss while touring Madrid include tasting some of the delicious Spanish food. You must try some tapas, as well as a ‘churro’ and go to Botin, which is considered the world’s oldest restaurant. You can also try Flamenco dancing, or watch a real bullfight in the Santiago Bernabeu Satdium. To enjoy a spectacular view of Madrid and its surroundings, take the Teleferico (cable car) up to the Casa de Campo.

Madrid is one of Europe’s sunniest cities and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The best time to book cheap flights is during spring or autumn, when the temperatures are still mild and the city’s isn’t too crowded. For more information join our community where you can read travel blogs and view photographs.

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