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Madrid: The most exciting city in Europe!

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A September 1999 trip to Madrid by actonsteve

Monasterio de El Escorial Photo, Madrid, Spain More Photos
Quote: A city which define the excitement and exoticism of Spain. . With fantastic architecture, delicious foods, amazing works of art and a seductive culture - Madrid is one of the most exciting capitals in Europe.

Madrid: The most exciting city in Europe!

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Overview

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Of all the capitals emerging in Europe - Madrid is the most exciting. It spent 40 years under the Franco shroud and then burst forth in the 1980's with 'La Movida' immortalised by Pedro Almodovar in his movies.Its central core still consists of red-roofed 17th century houses with balconies and azulejas. And the great Gran Via sweeps across town with its cinemas, restaurants and stores. Just off this is the impressive baroque - Plaza Mayor. A grand 17th Century square which once housed bullfights and now caters to tired tourists with cafes and restaurants.And in the evening Madrid has nightlife to put every other city to shame. It starts moving about midnight and winds down eight hours later. You need ...Read More

Monasterio de El Escorial

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Attraction | "El Escorial - Devout palace of Catholic Spain"

Monasterio de El Escorial Photo, Madrid, Spain
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El Escorial is epic. The seat of the Spanish Empire in the 16-17th centuries this great monolith of a building sits on the edge of a plateau overlooked by the soaring Guadarrama moutains. Half-palace/half monastery/half cathedral, it was built to symbolize the power of Catholic Spain. Only twenty miles outside the Spanish capital and a good day trip - if you want to the Spain of power and intrigue come here... To reach it is simple from the capital. The subway station Moncloa houses a bus station for northwest Castile. At its lower level is the Herranz bus 644 which departs every half hour to the village of San Lorenso de Escorial. The town itself is very pretty and perches on the edge of the Gu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2000

Monasterio de El Escorial
Avenida Juan De Borbon y Battemberg, 1
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain 28200
+34 91 8905902

Nightlife In Madrid

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Attraction | "Nightlife Madrid: Vibrant Cheuca and Malasana"

Nightlife In Madrid Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid has the best nightlife in the world. It does not start up until 11-12:00 and winds down about 12 hours later. The Madrilenos have a saying - the French need eight hours sleep, the Spanish only four. The group of streets surrounding Cheuca subway station are incredible. This is the alternative area of Madrid, immortalised by Pedro Almodovar in his movies. Peopled with hip people, gays, students and just those wanting to have a good time - the place is bursting with life. To experience the Spanish capital to the full - you must partake of the nightlife. In the height of the Castile summer were the heat does not die down until 11.00pm the Madrilenos begin their nights on the town. But to hav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2000

Nightlife In Madrid
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Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "The Pride of Madrid - Museo del Prado"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Ever if you are not an art aficionado - you will visit the Prado. One of the must see's of Madrid, it is simply one of the greatest repositories of western art in the world. Situated in a beautiful palace on the eastern side of the tree-lined Paseo del Prado, it is one of the few places in Madrid where the tourist crowds build up, get there early - you will have trouble not spending all day there. As with most of the other great European art collections it was built up by royalty - in this case the Spanish Habsburgs. It mainly deals with art acquired in the Spanish occupied Catholic countries although a couple of Durers and Constables sneak in. Highlights include Peter Breughal the E...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2000

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

The Egyptian Temple of Debod Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid is not mentioned along with the great spectacular capitals of Europe. It does not capture images like other European capitals with their great squares, baroque domes or monumental avenues. Yet Madrid has all these and they are not the smothered in tourists like the rest of Europe. Above all Madrid is a great place to live, its renaissance plaza's and narrow streets are inhabited by Madrilenos instead of the rich and fashionable or international backpackers. And this is what makes it a great city and a very rewarding one to explore. And the best place to see this is at the western part of the centre. The Madrid created by the Spanish arm of the Habsburg family with its royal palace and the throb...Read More
Wouldn't you like a post office like this? Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Even if you aren't a great fan of modern art - you will still love the near unpronouncable Museo Thyssen-Boremisza's. Which along with the Prado and the Reine Sofia makes up one of the corners of the golden triangle of Madrid art. Combined with a trip to the city's showpiece square - the Plaza Mayor, and a wander through the old town surrounding it, - you can experience some of the best Madrid has to offer. All tourists head for the beautiful Plaza Mayor (see photo) which is the most attractive plaza in Madrid. To reach it from the Gran Via or Puerto del Sol head down Calle Mayor towards the Palacio Real and turn south when you reach the porticoes and speciality shops leading to the square. It i...Read More