Madrid is an open-minded city where culture, entertainment and business share an attractive, thriving space. Thanks to its modern and cosmopolitan flair and to the friendly and passionate character of Madrilenians, the Spanish capital makes everyone feel right at home while providing them with some of the world’s most interesting tourist attractions. The development of Madrid as a city began when Philip II, King of Spain at the peak of its power, moved his court from Toledo to Madrid in the 1560s. Since then Madrid has become a grandiose city presenting all architectural styles.
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Don’t miss visiting the Paseo del Prado which is home to three of the most comprehensive painting museums in the world. The Reina Sofía National Museum Art Centre, with Picasso's Guernica, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, which presents an overview of art history, and the Prado Museum, with artworks by Goya and Velázquez. All three also host interesting temporary exhibitions.
Places of Interest
Six locations listed by the UNESCO as "World Heritage" sites can be found near Madrid. Aranjuez and El Escorial were once the residence of Spanish royalty and their palaces and gardens have an important natural and artistic value. Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Segovia and Toledo have monumental centers from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
From "Jamon y Tapas" to tradiotional and modern restaurants, 13 of which have been awarded Michelin strars, the city offers culinary experiences to satisfy the most diserning palates.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Madrid offers visitors everything one can imagine in terms of entertainment. The night comes alive offering live music of all styles. The city has an extensive repertoire of clubs, bars and nightclubs for all tastes and ages.