Madrid

Madrid City Hall

Spain's complex capital

Once little more than a Roman way station and Moorish fort, Madrid owes much of its existence to the fickle patronage of the kings of Spain. The city’s transition from sleepy backwater to imperial capital and modern metropolis has been erratic, leaving Madrid with a complex personality. The crowded flea markets of the Rastro, the green spaces of the Retiro, the Habsburg pomp of Los Austrias and the bold vision of the new Reina Sofia museum are just some of the sides of this multi-faceted city.

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Top Highlights in Madrid

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Bernabeu Stadium (Estadio Santiago Bernabeu)
Attraction
4.0
Madrid's legendary football arena
Biblioteca Nacional
Entertainment
5.0
A superb library in architecture and content
El Escorial, distant view.
Attraction
4.0
The Eighth Wonder of the World
Gateway of the Sun (Puerta del Sol)
Attraction
4.0
A nocturnal shopping and nightlife spot
La Fuente de Cibeles
Attraction
4.0
A fountain for Mother Earth
View of Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Museum
4.8
Culture and history museum
Museo Nacional del Prado
Museum
5.0
One of the most important art displays in the world
Parque del Buen Retiro
Attraction
4.0
Park of the Pleasant Retreat
A view at Plaza Mayor
Attraction
4.0
The city's stately square
Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid
Attraction
4.0
Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid
Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real)
Attraction
4.0
The former royal residence in Madrid
Museum
5.0
A spellbinding treasure house of art
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