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4.5 out of 5
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203,884 people visited Madrid
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 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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  • MadridPro 2014
    Diane Austin
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    4 Nov 10, 2012

    Easy to navigate with their excellent subways, beautiful green space, lots of things to see and do (many of them free), very fun and friendly locals all combined to make this city at least of 4 star. Will return to see it it merits even more.

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    3 Mar 07, 2013
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    3 Jul 01, 2013
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    3 Jul 24, 2013
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    3 Oct 31, 2013
    Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsLocal CultureNightlife Lovers
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  • MadridPro 2014
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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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    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
    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Dec 19, 2013

    If there is one thing I can impart to you about Madrid it would be DON'T DRIVE MADRID! I enjoyed the city, but I didn't enjoy driving in the city. It's much worse than anything I have experienced in Europe or the in the States. And watch out for the cabbies, they're a very dangerous lot, with their peddle to the metal being their motto.

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    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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