Because of its diversity and cultureSpain is one of the most attractive destinations in the world. Its individuality, climate, Mediterranean diet and human quality of its people, among other things, has made it a famous country to live in.
Spain is diverse, with each region being proud of its own traditions and cuisine. A land of wines and joy, of flamenco, dances and traditions. Spain surprises all who visit.
On top of its amazing and varied culture, and along with the warmth of its people, you will discover a country of contrasts, of alluring cities and incredible natural scenery. Travel to the centre of this bountiful peninsula to discover Castilian Spain. Unearth Northern Spain's magical locations that include amazing grasslands and green forests, nourished by the Atlantic.
Or its fresh and green Mediterranean coast and islands, where the sea breeze will delight you. And don't forget to visit rich Andalusia, inspired by renowned artists such as Hemingway.
This is Spain, a country that enchants everyone who visits.
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Madrid is a city passionate about life. Its visitors immediately allured to the city's charms. The Spanish capital is a cosmopolitan city that blends modernity with a great cultural and artistic heritage. It is one of the financial, economic and cultural centres of the nation.
Art and culture are prominent in Madrid. The capital has 73 museums, including the Prado Museum, one of the most important art galleries in the world; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, with 48 rooms and almost 1000 works of art offering a journey through the history of European painting from the 18th to 20th centuries; and the Reina Sofía National Art Centre, dedicated to contemporary Spanish art, with works from Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, among others.
Madrid never sleeps. Another of its great attractions is its varied leisure offer, with something to please everyone. Enjoy the lively nightlife and great atmosphere of the capital's bars, pubs and nightclubs. Madrid is a living city where you can enjoy concerts, exhibitions, ballet and a select array of theatre productions. You will also be able to taste the best Spanish and international cuisine.
Madrid boasts a rich cuisine with traditional dishes including cocido madrileño (Madrid stew), potaje de garbanzos (chickpea stew), guisos de legumbres (vegetable stew), callos a la madrileña (Madrid-style tripe), garlic soup, Spanish tortilla (potato omelette), as well as delicious lamb and veal recipes.
Despite the fact that Madrid is not near to the sea, its cuisine includes plenty traditional fish recipes, especially baked sea bream and cod. Because Madrid is central and is the country's capital, it has always received the best fish from the Spanish coasts.
There is nothing better than enjoying dinner with a local wine. Choose any of the ‘Wines of Madrid’, which have been recently awarded this designation of origin. Young, fruity and aromatic red, rosé and white wines, the perfect option to enjoy with any dish, as are the traditional distilled spirits.
Traditional sweets include "Roscos del Santo" (Saint's sweetbread), which are eaten during the celebration of Saint Isidro, the city's patron saint.
In Madrid, these are the must-see attractions:
Official residence of King Felipe VI, although he doesn’t actually live in this palace. Walk around its impressive halls.
Gran Vía-Plaza España
100 years of history in a single street. With its buildings, leisure opportunities and shops, you can't miss it.
Its porticoed style is wonderful and its history means that it is well worth a visit.
Opposite the Royal Palace is the towering Cathedral, a modern, although very stylish, building.
Calle and Puerta de Alcalá
The most famous port in Madrid and one of the most stately streets of the city.
Plaza de Cibeles
The spectacular Cibeles fountain is at the centre of this square. An impressive palace stands at every corner.
Puerta del Sol
The heart not only of Madrid, but also of Spain. Admire its clock tower and discover the streets leading to it
Parque del Retiro (Retiro Park)
The lungs of Madrid. A place to relax and enjoy the fresh air. A park in which you can lose yourself.
Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)
The most important museum in Madrid as well as one of the most important art galleries in the world.
Reina Sofía Arts Centre
Guernica is its most important painting, but don’t miss the other works of art by renowned artists such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró.
Thyssen Bornemisza Museum
One of the world's most important private collections covering every style.
Madrid transcends fashion and makes an impression due to the quantity and quality on offer. At the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor you will find local craft shops, in the Salamanca District you will discover the most exquisite and luxurious fashion brands, and in the Fuencarral District and along the Gran Vía you will find the most daring and modern fashions.
Madrid is a fabulous city for shopping.