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6 must-see in Madrid

There are many things to do in a city like Madrid, we will start with the basics:

Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
Built in the 16th century as a home for King Charles I, this lavish home of the “barefoot nuns” houses an extraordinary collection of art by European masters.

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Museo del Prado
Finest collection of Spanish art. You will need time to visit it, probably more than a day and be aware that all public spaces except the Reina Sofia Museum are closed on Mondays.

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Palacio Real
Highlights of a visit include the Reception Room, the State Apartments, the Armory, and the Royal Pharmacy. If your visit falls on the first Wednesday of the month, look for the changing of the guard ceremony, which occurs at noon and is free to the public. In front of the Palacio Real is the Plaza de Oriente, worth a visit!

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Plaza Mayor
Madrid’s main square since the 16th century; red arcade facades and worn cobblestones witnessed autos-da-fé under the Inquisition, bullfights, and royal events; draws thousands of tourists, buskers, and street vendors daily.

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Reina Sofía
A wildly diverse selection of shows with immense space given to contemporary artists, the only Museum open on Mondays in the city and home of the “Guernica”!

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Sunset at Las Vistillas
Watch the sun set from the gardens or having a drink at any of the many cafés in Calle Bailén. Great views down to the sprawling Casa de Campo park and out to the Sierra Guadarrama mountains. Calle Bailén at Calle Morería.

We will add more posts on Madrid in our blog soon. In the meantime if you need to rent a car, remember to check our offers on!



2 comments on “6 must-see in Madrid

  1. Caprice Waska
    9 de January de 2013

    This is a very good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    • autoturistica
      12 de January de 2013

      Thanks for your nice comment!

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