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Madrid

Located at the geographic center of the country and capital of Spain, Madrid is a modern, internationally renowned city that has retained its old world ambiance.  The city’s diversity of attractions and its proximity to many wonderful nearby cities, offers something for every visitor.

Places Of Interest:

  • Prado Museum – has one of the finest art collections in the world. Click here for Prado website  
  • Royal Palace – built on Madrid’s highest point and is used today for state receptions). Click here for more information  
  • Plaza Mayor – was built in the 17th C. and is the main square in the heart of "old Madrid"  
  • Retiro Park – beautiful 321 acre park with a large lake located in central Madrid  
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum – an outstanding collection of western art, housed in a 17th C. palace. Click here for Thyssen-Bornemisza website  
  • Reina Sofia Museum – collection of Spanish contemporary art, and showcase for Picasso’s famous Guernica painting. Click here for Reina Sofia website
  • Lázaro Galdiano Museum – a gem of a museum with 15th C. hand-woven vestments, 16th C. Limoges crystal, Byzantine jewelry, paintings by Spanish masters and other treasured objects from a private collection. Click here for Lázaro Galdiano website  
  • Museo Sorolla – former home and studio of painter Joaquín Sorolla, in an elegant town-house. Click here for Museo Sorolla website  
  • Panteón de Goya – dubbed Goya’s Sistine Chapel, the artist’s tomb is adorned with elaborate frescoes  
  • El Rastro – Spain’s largest flea market, near the Plaza Cascorro, is a short walk from the Plaza Mayor
Day Trips:

  • Chinchón – charming traditional town with picturesque Plaza Mayor (35 min. from Madrid). Click here for more information
  • Aranjuez – 18th C. palace that was one of the favorite summer residences (45 min. from Madrid)  
  • El Escorial – 16th C. monastery-palace and burial place of Spain’s monarchs (45 min. from Madrid). Click here for more information  
  • Palacio Real de La Granja – summer palace of the Bourbon kings (50 min. from Madrid). Click here for more information
  • Toledo – this walled city was home to the famous painter El Greco (1 hour from Madrid). Click here for more information
  • Segovia – famous for its Roman aqueduct and medieval monuments (1 hour from Madrid)  
  • Avila – surrounded by the oldest (11th C.) and best preserved walls in Spain (80 min. from Madrid)  
  • Salamanca – a great architectural city with one of Europe’s oldest universities (2 hours from Madrid). Click here for more information  





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