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Madrid is known for its art museums and its nightlife. It is a large, modern city with lovely parks, a fantastic Royal Palace, a Museum on the Americas, the Prado and an Egyptian temple.
Madrid Orientation Map
Madrid sights:
Museo de America
Royal Palace
Egyptian temple
Parque del Buen Retiro
Madrid Train Station
El Rastro
National Archeological Museum
Museo Cerralbo
Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
Museo del Ejército
Mercado, Plaza de San Miguel
The Plazas:
Plaza Mayor
Puerta del Sol
Plaza de Expaña
Plaza de la Villa
Plaza de Oriente
Plaza de La Independencia
Plaza de Colon

Cities to visit near Madrid: Toledo, El Escorial, Avila Cuenca, and Segovia

Official Websites:
National Archeological Museum
Reina Sofia Art Museum
Museo Thyssen Bornemisza
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
The Casa de la Moneda Museum
In Spanish; Museo Don Felipe de Borbón y Grecia (a mining museum with a mineral and fossil collection
Madrid Zoo
WB Theme Park, Madrid

Looking down the Calle (street) de Alcala toward the center of Madrid.

Madrid is a city of activity and peaceful walks. During the day the city bustles with energy, but come evening the central city becomes a frenzy of human activity as Madridians take their nightly excursions. Around the Puerta del Sol the streets become packed with people until well into the early morning.

Plaza de Oriente

As with most cities I visited in Spain, Madrid is virtually littered with plazas. Plazas are places for friends and family to gather. In Madrid, they also provide the landmarks for essential navigation. Need to find the Royal Palace? Go to the Plaza de Oriente. Are you taking the Metro? Likely you will pass through the Sol (like in Puerta del Sol) metro stop. Many plazas are tourist attractions in their own rights. Who could visit Spain without a stop in Madrid’s famous Plaza Mayor?

El Museo de Jamón (the museum of ham) stores are scattered about the city.

Look around the ham store, enjoy the smells and then settle on a seat at the store’s café to enjoy a Spain ham or sausage. While it may be tempting to sling a leg of Iberica Ham over your shoulder for the return home, you had better check with your own country’s customs first. On entering the U.S.A., I have seen returning vacationers almost in tears as their $400 leg of ham was thrown into the hazardous waste container.

Visit the world famous Prado Museum

Check out the Royal Palace

Outside Links Specific to Madrid: (websites will open in a new window)
Go Madrid Provides a lot of practical information, eating out, fiestas, bullfighting schedules, etc. Buy Madrid Bullfight Tickets on-line
MadridMan has an extensive site on Madrid as well as an active message board on Spain Video cam in Plaza Mayor
Madrid History Madrid Culture
Madrid Spain through the eyes of a native.  
Page of Madrid photos from Steven Erat Photo's of Madrid
Mad about Madrid


Some photos and info. in Spanish
Consorcio Transportes -
Route planner, for Madrid metro, bus, etc.

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Hostal Valencia
stunning views of the Plaza Oriente
List of Madrid Hotels
Spain Travel Agent
Madrid and Beyond
Luxury apartment in Madrid for Rent
Walks of Madrid
Old Madrid secret restaurants, tapas & wine walking tour
Find Madrid hotels by general location
A Madrid Hotel Review
Tours out of Madrid
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Most of the information on this page comes from my 2003 visit to Spain
Page last updated November 2007