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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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Madrid Xanadú

Madrid Xanadú

Locals' Pick A shopping and skiiing experience

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Just 20mins drive from the centre of Madrid, “Xanadu” has Europe’s biggest indoor snow ski slope where you are able to ski and snowboard, no matter how hot it may be outside! With two slopes (one for the newbies) , Xanadu also has jumps and trick bars for the more experienced skiers and snowboarders. You can also hire all the gear there.

A shopping and skiiing experience Editors' Note

Madrid Xanadú is another great shopping center just outside the city center. The complex of vendors includes over 200 shops. A host of cafes, bars, movie screens, and even an indoor ski slope provide nearly endless activity possibilities.

Shops such as El Corte Inglés and HiperCor make this center a favorite spot for local people and tourists. Other facilities include cafes, bars, and a 15-screen cinema. The indoor ski facility is actually quite amazing, and the biggest draw for the center too.

Madrid Xanadú
C/ Puerto Navacerrada (Xanadu) 4,Arroyomolinos, 28939 Madrid
Daily 10am to 10pm