MADRID

MADRID
Hold your breath before heading to Madrid. An outstanding destination, sometimes overlooked in favour of Spain's coastal resorts, Madrid is said to have everything but a beach. Located in the exact center of Spain, the main city flows at high speed while in the same time madrileños live on a pace of “no pasa nada” (nothing happens).
Madrid is vast and beautiful, the food is fresh and delicious and the typical Spanish culture is delightful and warm. Here you will find everything from natural beauty and green parks like the famous Retiro Park to incredible nightlife and endless cultural activities.
The capital of Spain boasts of a unique artistic spirit with its many museums guarding one of the world’s richest art collections like the iconic El Prado. Madrid architecture is recalling the royal and medieval atmosphere together with the contemporary and extravagant buildings from 21st century which has transformed the city’s skyline into a fascinating scenery.
No words are enough to describe one of the liveliest cities in world but we agree with Joaquín Sabina, one of the leading figures of Spanish contemporary music, who have said that "Madrid is the place where all roads intersect, where the sea is inconceivable, where the fugitive always returns, where you always want to be".

DID YOU KNOW THAT…
  • The so-called Kilometer Zero of the Spanish radial roads are in Madrid?
It is located in the Puerta del Sol under the watchful eye of "Uncle Joe" and the "Bear and the Strawberry Tree", symbols of the city.
  • One of the most traditional festivals in Madrid is the Verbena de San Antonio?
On June 13, the tradition is to ask the saint for a boyfriend/girlfriend throwing some sewing pins in the holy water and then introduce the hand with an open palm. Each of the pins stuck in the hand represents each admirer or suitor who you may have during the year.
  • The tradition of eating twelve grapes at New Year's Eve belongs to Madrid?
We must go back to 1909. A good harvest in autumn produced an excess of grapes and they were distributed in the celebration of New Year's Eve at Puerta del Sol. What is not clear is in which way did the current tradition of the 12 grapes occur, but it is likely that one would say to another: "Are not you to eat a grape for each chime?".

YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
  • Museo del Prado
The Prado is the most important museum in the city. To see everything in one visit is impossible because it houses more than 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures and more. We recommend the works of Goya and Velazquez, like the famous "Meninas".
  • Plaza Mayor
It is a perfect example of the architecture of the Golden Age. One of the most famous buildings is the beautiful house of the Bakery. You will also find Casa Botín, the oldest in the world restaurant, founded in 1725.
  • Casa Botín Restaurant
As local people claim Casa Botín is the oldest restaurant in the world, founded in 1725 and Hemingway called it the best! Don’t miss to try their specialty cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) and to visit their old kitchen where the staff will always invite you to step in!
  • Gran Via
Visit Madrid and not go through the Gran Vía is something like being in New York and not walk around Times Square. Starts in Alcalá Street and ends at the Plaza of Spain.
  • Botanical Gardens
Next to Prado Museum you will find a backwater of calm and greenery founded by Charles III. It had over 650 species when it opened in 1755; now you can count the wide variety of flowers, shrubs, and ancient trees into the thousands. As you wander its sylvan pathways, it's hard to believe you're in the heart of a big city.