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  • MadridPro 2014
    Julia P
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    4 Jul 14, 2014

    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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  • Madrid
    Ryan Haynes
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    5 Jun 05, 2014

    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
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    5 May 20, 2014

    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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  • Madrid
    Jose Palomo
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    5 May 09, 2014

    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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  • MadridPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    4 Mar 25, 2014

    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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  • Madrid
    Patricia
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    5 Feb 18, 2014

    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
    Berton Methew
    5 Jan 24, 2014

    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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  • MadridPro 2014
    Rich Carriero
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    5 Oct 26, 2013

    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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  • MadridPro 2014
    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    5 Oct 24, 2013

    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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    Rachel Greene
    5 Nov 07, 2013

    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
    Scott Hampton (@danielodyssey1)
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    5 Feb 16, 2014

    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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  • Madrid
    Ed Salvato
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    5 Aug 02, 2013

    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
    Phyth
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    5 Jun 22, 2014

    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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    pege
    4 May 09, 2013

    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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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Jul 14, 2014

    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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    Brklyn2LA
    3 Apr 06, 2013

    Compared to Alicante and Valencia I wasn't particularly impressed but maybe I needed to spend more time here.

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  • Madrid
    Beth Spurr
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    4 Apr 01, 2013

    Madrid, Spain's capital city, has hidden gems everywhere you turn. It is a gorgeous city that is kept relatively clean. There is loads of stuff to do from museums to parks and the Spanish love to keep their nightlife lively, no matter what day of the week it is!!

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  • Madrid
    Yuri Naru
    4 Mar 27, 2013

    Believe or not city is the most modern clean in europe! Bars shops never sleeps, your spanish friends said " let's go out dinner at 10 pm and go to drink 12am" it is normal for them. City is very alive.

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    Paul @TAKEYATHERE
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    5 Mar 15, 2013

    When you think of Madrid you might first think of sunshine, sangria, and bullfights, but spend a few hours here and you'll quickly discover there's a whole lot more to be seen and sampled. The city is flat out beautiful, historic, and this forever-famous capital city is pulsing with perhaps more life and excitement than anywhere else. When is the best time to visit? Good question. Hands down Spring or Fall...my preference is fall; I don't know why but Madrid is just unbeatable when it comes to sweater weather. Just remember that during July and August many of the locals flee for the coast to avoid the oppressive heat (and you should probably do the same).

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  • Madrid
    Lucía Morales
    5 Mar 05, 2013

    This city has absolutely everything you could ask for. I would definitely come back and maybe even stay for living in a future.

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4.5 out of 5
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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 ... read more
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 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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