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Visiting Madrid

Even with a guaranteed afternoon siesta, Madrid rivals New York as the city that never sleeps. Take advantage of tapas bars and late-night discos, but be careful not to sleep in and miss Madrid’s excellent daytime attractions. There is more art here than can be absorbed in one trip, but it doesn’t hurt to try; begin at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and then swing by Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. Then sponge up some less high-minded culture while shopping or carousing at one of Madrid’s many festivals.

When exploring Spain’s largest city makes you hungry, check out one of Madrid’s revered restaurants. Or, for a little history with your comida, eat at Botín, the world’s oldest restaurant. When you’ve had your fill of sights,... Read More
Even with a guaranteed afternoon siesta, Madrid rivals New York as the city that never sleeps. Take advantage of tapas bars and late-night discos, but be careful not to sleep in and miss Madrid’s excellent daytime attractions. There is more art here than can be absorbed in one trip, but it doesn’t hurt to try; begin at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and then swing by Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía. Then sponge up some less high-minded culture while shopping or carousing at one of Madrid’s many festivals.

When exploring Spain’s largest city makes you hungry, check out one of Madrid’s revered restaurants. Or, for a little history with your comida, eat at Botín, the world’s oldest restaurant. When you’ve had your fill of sights, food, and wee-hours nightlife, turn in to one of Madrid’s many unique hotels. With choices ranging from boutique to budget, you’re sure to find one you like as much as IgoUgo travelers like the Hotel Arosa.

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Stories and Tips Madrid

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Shopping galore!

Written by marif on 29 Jan, 2013

Similar to other big cities like Paris or Berlin, Madrid has a dense concentration of shops as exceptional and diverse as to render shopping around a thrilling feat of exploration. Discovering the delights of shopping in the Spanish capital has become the aspiration of many…Read More


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Flaming hot, yet green beyond expectations

Written by marif on 22 Jan, 2013

Heavily polluted with traffic smog, hot and dry like a desert for most of the year, bereft of invigorating breezes from the sea or the mountains and yet… Madrid is one of Europe’s greenest cities. The River Manzanares that passes through the capital is only…Read More


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Madrid: my first impressions - Part 2

Written by marif on 07 Jan, 2013

Madrid is an ideal winter destination. Winter in the Spanish capital is only a mild and short spell of cold weather with occasional outbreaks of rain and frost that never last more than a few days. Contrary to north European destinations where the winter season…Read More


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Madrid: my first impressions - Part 1

Written by marif on 22 Dec, 2012

Madrid in summer is an unbearable haunt of stifling hotness that leaves visitors breathless and takes away their enthusiasm for exploration and sightseeing. For this reason, well-off madrilenos (and most residents appear to fall in this category, showing that the economic recession in Spain seems…Read More


Pros and cons of an Easter visit

Written by artslover on 27 Sep, 2012

First, Easter is Spain is a big event. That might be expected because so many Spanish are at least nominally Catholic, but we have spent Easter in Italy which is also largely inhabited by Catholics and the public display, even in Rome, is nothing like…Read More


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Return to Rome and Onwards to Madrid

Written by Mark Gokingco on 28 Oct, 2010

Again, remember I purchased a round-trip transfer from the cruise back to the airport. Other than the early wake up call, the transfer went very smoothly and our luggage was transferred equally as smoothly. We arrived in Madrid around 2pm to begin our…Read More


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A Typical Day at Englishtown

Written by travelwisdom on 27 May, 2005

Today is our first typical day at Pueblo Ingles. Think of it as a "musical Spaniards" talk-athon. Wake-up calls come promptly at 8:15am, and we all head to breakfast. There is no assigned seating, but each table for four must include two Anglos and two…Read More


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Guide to Madrid Parks

Written by KJP on 22 Aug, 2004

Introduction With more than forty public parks and gardens, Madrid boasts an abundance of greenery that rivals most any other major city in Europe. What’s more, these are some of the most beautiful and impeccably maintained parks I’ve seen. Here’s a primer on just a few…Read More


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Exciting Madrid: Plaza Mayor and Museo Thyssen- Boremiszas

Written by actonsteve on 30 Jul, 2001

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…Read More


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Madrid's Parks: The Other

Written by Owen Lipsett on 30 Sep, 2005

Conveniently located near the art museums and architectural highlights that make Madrid such a visual delight are three fine parks. Whether you’re biding your time before a meal, recovering from an overdose of food or art, or simply seeking some solace from the capital’s…Read More


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