Posted by simon On July - 4 - 2012

Here we propose a list of 10 things to see in Madrid, bearing in mind that in reality, there is so much more to do than this list, at least it’s a start.

1) The many museums in Madrid with the Prado Museum being top of the list, with nearly three million visitors a year, confirms it to be one of the most important art galleries in the world.

2) Along the Paseo del Prado you will find the Thyssen Museum, which showcases the collections of the Prado and the Reina Sofia dating back to the Italian Middle Ages, the German Renaissance, Baroque Dutch and American avant-garde.

3) Near to the Atocha train station is the Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia, which houses works by Dali, Miro and the wordld’s most famous painter Picasso, if you have not seen this museum you havn’t seen Madrid!

4) Probably the largest in the Western world, the Royal Palace of Madrid deserves a visit for sure, if you love history, you enjoy for sure the royal armory, which contains armour from the fifteenth century and even the banners of the Moorish and Christian flags of battle Lepanto.

5) Situated opposite the Royal Palace is the Almudena Cathedral, whose effigy was found, according to legend, during the Middle Ages.

6) In the summer, to escape the Madrid heat, but also in winter, the Retiro Park of Madrid is the favorite place for tourists and sports lovers to enjoy the green park.

7) To the north of the centre of Madrid, one must visit the Bernabeu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid football team, where you can visit not only the halls of the trophies, but the whole stadium.

8) If you are visiting Madrid at the weekend then you must visit the El Rastro flea market, starting at 10am on Sunday morning, ideal for very special purchases and to suit every budget!

9) If bullfighting is your thing then the Plaza de Toros is the largest in the world, where bullfights are still held and you can visit with the stadium with a special guided tour.

10) In the centre of Madrid an absolute architectural gem is the Plaza Mayor, the oldest and most historic square in the Spanish capital.

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