Capital and largest municipality of Spain located on the Manzanares River in the heart of the country, Madrid is the outstanding political, economic and cultural center of Spain. It is the residence of the Spanish monarch and two world-famous soccer clubs: Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. Along with a modern infrastructure, the city has one of the most important historic centers of all the great European cities. Madrid managed to preserve many of its historic neighborhoods and streets and has many jewels of 16 and 17 century architecture. Stroll down the magical historic center called the "Madrid of Los Austrias" and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square that are one of the most visited places in Spain. The "aristocratic center" is located nearby with the 17th century the Royal Palace, the Plaza de Oriente square. See the Puerta del Sol square surrounded by a diverse area of shops, and the "Paseo del Arte" art route – whose name derives from the world-class museums, palaces and gardens located here.
The key landmarks that cannot be missed are:
- the Royal Palace of Madrid
- the Royal Theater and restored 1850 Opera House
- the Buen Retiro Park (founded in 1631)
- the National Library building (founded in 1712)
- Prado Museum
- the Reina Sofía Museum
- Cibeles Palace and Fountain
Experience the treasures of one of the greenest capitals in Europe.