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  • MadridPro 2014
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    This beautiful city offers something for everyone - from history to culture to the modern hustle of the capitol. And of course, you can't miss the great food!

    Recommended for:StudentsBackpackersHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers
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  • MadridAmbassadorPro 2014
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    My experience with Madrid left me thinking Spain's capital was equally cultural but more moody and bohemian compared to carefree Barcelona. Perhaps I stayed in just the right neighborhoods though! I found the atmosphere filled with that particular brand of Spanish vitality and panache that continued to impress me throughout my travels here.

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  • MadridPro 2014
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    Gayle and Madrid go way back. She was first here as a Nanny during the last days of Franco. Ten years ago, she took here son here and last month you brought me along. I previously visited Madrid for a day back in the early 1980s while on a business trip and onwards (via Train) to Zaragoza.

    Gayle and I found Madrid is very cosmopolitan, fun, and relaxed. In Canadian Terms, Madrid is Toronto (including the superiority complex) and Barcelona is Montreal. I think of them as 2 cities in the same Country, but separated by different Nations, Cultures, and War. Both are great places to be, even though I did get a few comments about my FC Barcelona jersey.

    We especially enjoyed Madrid when we were here for Día de Hispania and all the people in their patriotic presense. We also liked out relaxing walk through Retiro Park, gazing at the architecture, hanging out at the Plaza Mayor, seeing Guernica at the Reina Sofia, enjoying a glass of wine at Mercado San Miguel, and just walking around here and there.

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    Madrid is cool. Not as cool as Barcelona and if you have a choice, I'd say just go to Barcelona. But it has its own things going on that are worth seeing.

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  • Madrid

    Extraordinary capital city of Spain -- be sure to tour the Palace. Ask at your hotel or hostel for the places or items that interest you. Explore the main tourist streets and get onto the back streets where the locals shop

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  • MadridPro 2014
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    This city is super cosmopolitan, with easy peasy public transport. Definitely try to see some flamenco while you are there. The Prado is a world class art museum, not to be missed.

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    One of my favourite cities and one I have been to 5 times. Certainly recommended and spend time in the markets for tapas and lunch. Love the gay area cheuca!!

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    Madrid is a city with history, culture, energy and, conveniently, plenty of Spanish speakers. For those who want to learn the language (for free!), there are frequent opportunities for people who want to learn English to meet up with people who want to learn Spanish and practice with each other over tapas and sangria.

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    Cosmopolitan city where it's impossible to get bored. There are lots of activities: Leisure, Culture, Cuisine, Night, etc..
    Highly recommended the old town, the Royal Palace, Plaza de Sol, sunset at the Temple of Debod, tapas in Plaza Mayor and in La Latina, and rest in the Retiro Park.
    At night you can find party anywhere...

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    Some travelers skip over Madrid, Spain's cosmopolitan capital city, but I found it refreshingly real and down-to-earth after visiting some of the country's more touristy destinations like the Costa del Sol and Barcelona. There are plenty of museums, art galleries and excellent traditional and modern restaurants to keep you busy for at least a few days, if not an entire week.

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    I'm living in Madrid for 6 years now and I absolutely LOVE this city, and I still find new things to see or do. This city offers you a lot of everything. If you're planning on visiting you can easily stay for a week and you won't get bored. It is also perfect for nightlife lovers.
    If you're just staying for 2 days, I recommend a tour around Sol: Sol, Plaza Mayor, Mercado San Miguel, Opera, Catedral La Almudena, Palacio Real, Plaza España, Gran Vía, Callao, Metropolis, Cibeles, Puerta de Alcalá, Parque El Retiro, Museo El Prado and back to Sol. It's all very close so you can walk everywhere.
    If you have a bit more time: Train Station Atocha and Museo Reina Sofia or Thyssen, Templo de Debod, La Latina, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Plaza de Toros Las Ventas.
    Can't stand Madrid in the summer though, it get's way too hot, don't come on july nor august!

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  • Madrid

    Madrid is a town in the Barcelona province of Spain. Not long ago, agriculture was the main occupation of people in Madrid. But, now the town has transformed itself into an industrially advanced center. At the same time, Madrid is also known for its most pleasant weather and for areas that are rich in vegetation and natural beauty.

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    Madrid was my favorite city in Spain. It combines the best nightlife I've seen in Europe with absolutely incredible cultural exhibits. Night clubs, Picasso and really good cheese.

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    I never really looked at Madrid as a European "must".
    It is not to be missed!
    Immaculate, historical, great food and an even better nightlife.
    I highly recommend!

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    Madrid was a short (2 day) stop on our way to Barcelona. I mainly wanted to go there because my favorite painting in the world is in the Prado, but I wound up REALLY loving this city and would love to go back for a longer stay.

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  • MadridAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Pull a mixing bowl out of the cabinet and add beautiful architecture and sculptures, alluring parks that are like a endless abyss of tranquility, shopping for everyone from Skylar Grey to Bérénice Marlohe, addicting tapas and tinto del veranos, and a innovative subway system. Mix them all together and you have the wonderful blissful city of Madrid. Truly like no other city, Madrid is the sanctuary of stress relief: parks of good relaxation, plazas for good socialization, and food and drinks to make you smile in between taking bites and talking.

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    In recent years, Madrid Pride has become one of the biggest in Europe with an estimated 1.5 million participants. We’re the best economic stimulus package that country could ask for so grab your credit cards and spend those euros. Pride is July 3-7; info: http://www.orgullogaymadrid.com/

    Insider tip: The gay section is known as Chueca, which is conveniently the center of Madrid. It’s convenient to most Gay Pride venues by subway so it’s the perfect place to base yourself.

    Recommended venue: Check out Supermartxe at Fabrik, a party and venue that you mustn’t miss. You’ll see the hottest guys (and many hot women) from throughout Europe and from around the world. http://www.nighttours.com/madrid/gayguide/supermartxe.html

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    Madrid is a compact capital city. That's not to say it doesn't seem like one - it's very stately - but it's considerably more walkable than London, Paris etc.

    It's also very charming, with a more mature / less hedonistic atmosphere than that of Barcelona. Great architecture, great restaurants, lots of culture = well worth a trip.

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  • Madrid

    Street, squares, places, tapas everything is there the spanish way, positive and elegant. Must see: the Prado, the Royal Palace and Gran Via.

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    With the Prado, the historic architecture and squares, the ham, the tappas and hot chocolate, the ham, and extensive pedestrian zones, Madrid is truly a top destination. Did I mention they have ham?

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Some Spaniards claim that Madrilenos look down on the rest of Spain. If they do, it’s not without reason. Boasting world-class art museums, two premier futbol teams, and the capital of Spain, Madrid truly is a phenomenal city. Major attractions include the “Golden Triangle of Art,” which contain famous works by Picasso, Dali, and Velazquez, the Parque del Buen Retiro, a park sometimes referred to as the “lungs of Madrid,” the Royal Palace, and the Plaza Mayor. Although the Plaza isn’t the biggest in Spain (that title goes to the plaza in Salamanca), it certainly is the most famous, having held numerous events throughout history from Inquisition trials to more recent headline concerts. Madrid has a highly efficient metro system that allows visitors to move around the city quickly, providing visitors with a good way to see the sights. Visitors also enjoy visiting Santiago Bernabeu stadium to watch the world famous Real Madrid football squad take the field. Once the sun goes down, there is a multitude of things to do with the legendary Spanish nightlife at your fingertips. Food in Madrid is decidedly Spanish; that is, lots of jamon, bread, soup, fried fish, and potatoes. Hotels and ... read more
hostels are abundant in Madrid, with some of the most famous lying in the Gran Via-Sol area of the city. Madrid is a bastion of Spanish tradition and culture, making it a fantastic place to visit.

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