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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.
A shopping and skiiing experience
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.
C/ Puerto Navacerrada (Xanadu) 4,Arroyomolinos, 28939 Madrid
- Daily 10am to 10pm