Madrid

Spain's buzzing capital city, Madrid is a haven for artists and culture lovers, boasting a huge collection of world-famous art galleries, royal palaces and impressive architecture. Visitors to the city can revel in its vibrant nightlife or simply unwind in the stunning gardens of El Retiro park, while foodies can indulge in Madrid's fabulous markets and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Madrid was chosen as Spain's capital city in 1561, due to its location at the very heart of the Iberian peninsula. Ever since, Madrid has maintained a vibrant energy in its colourful streets and distinct neighbourhoods that rightly make it the most visited city in Spain.

Rich in culture, Madrid is one of the premier destinations for discovering European art, thanks to its three world-class galleries - the Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Culture vultures will rejoice in this Golden Triangle of Art, where artists such as Picasso and Goya come to life.

No visit to the city is complete without exploring Madrid's majestic Royal Palace, built in the 18th century under the instruction of King Felipe V. While the grand exterior is truly impressive, the lavish salons and chambers of the interior boast opulent decoration and incredible artwork that will take your breath away.

Wandering through Madrid, medieval streets lead onto picturesque squares, while some of the city's best tapas bars are tucked away down tiny alleys. Stop in one of these lively bars to recharge as the locals do, or get away from the tourist crowds and visit mouthwatering markets such as the Mercado de San Miguel.

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