Areas in Madrid:
Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is at the centre of the country. Some of the main attractions of Madrid are the Prado museum and the Reina Sofia museum and the Royal Palace. From Madrid it is easy to access old cities like Segovia, Toledo and Avila. In the winter you can go skiing at the Sierra de Madrid just half an hour by train.
The plaza del Sol can be regarded as the centre of Madrid. From here it is easy to explore sites such as the Plaza Mayor, the Opera and the Royal Palace. For shopping you can have a look in Callao and its surroundings. The Gran Via is the main street in the centre of Madrid which is a must see if you like great architecture.
(The Metropolis building at the entrance of Gran Via)
La Latina is the originally old city of Madrid. It is the area where Madrilenos like to go and have a few drinks at one of the numerous tapa places. It is also the area where the famous El Rastro market is held every Sunday morning. During the San Isidro fiestas all of Madrid goes to La Latina and celebrate for a week.
Malasana and Chueca
Malasana is an area in Madrid close to the Gran Via with many bars, restaurants and clubs. At night the area really comes alive. Chueca is an area in Madrid mainly famous for the gay community. There are many gay bars and clubs with transvestites.
Parque del Buen Retiro
The Retiro is an old park in the centre of Madrid. In the weekend it is full of life. Many people come to the park to picnic when the weather is good. Next to the Retiro you will find the Passeo del Prado with all the major museums such as the Museo del Prado, the Reina Sofia Museum and Thyssen museum. The Passeo del Prado starts at Plaza de Cibelles with its landmark Palacio del Correo and ends at the Attocha train station.
(The Royal Palace and Almudena Cathedral as seen from Casa de Campo)
Casa del Campo
The Casa del Campo was once build by the King of Spain as a hunting ground close to his Royal Palace. Now it is the green lung of Madrid. It is a perfect place if you just want to escape the traffic and noise from the city. A nice way to get to the park is by Teleferico.
Tips on what to do in Madrid:
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Madrid El Escorial