Thursday, November 14, 2013

Visiting Madrid, Spain

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Madrid as well as the capital of Spain, is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It has everything to make any visitor is impressed; magnificent museums, attractive parks, beautiful fountains, lovely streets that invite you to stroll and explore to discover a world of sensations. Madrid is the ideal place to delve into history and is at the same time socially welcome by the warmth of the Spaniards. clip_image031[4]
If you have nothing more than three days to visit Madrid, here I give you a route per day and meet part of this beautiful city.
Route 1
From the Puerta del Sol, in the morning and taking greater or Arenal streets we reach the center of the city. There we will visit the Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace, where we will see the Throne room, Picture Gallery, the Royal Armory and walk through the Campo del Moro
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Opposite the façade of the Royal Palace, is the Plaza de Oriente, where you can delight with its collection of sculptures. You can also stroll through the Sabatini gardens, next to the Royal Palace. Then we can get to the Almudena Cathedral, begun in 1883 and opened in 1993. A few meters away are the Cuesta de la Vega and the Park of the Emir Mohamed I, where you will find the first Arabic walls, from the 9th century.
We passed by Plaza Spain and returned to the Puerta del Sol walking through La Gran Vía. As it will be lunch time, we may ask the traditional cocido madrileño in Casa Labra, a typical Madrid Tavern, opened in 1860. We will then make a short distance along the Main street , but on the other end.
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On the tour we will see the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, which was inaugurated in 1744 after several projects that did not come to fruition, where several workshops, in addition to a Museum, archive and library. A few meters, in Alcalá 15, is the Casino de Madrid, opened in 1863. It has an important Artistic heritage, formed by collections of painting and sculpture, as well as the details of its construction, such as stained glass and crystal chandeliers. It is an ideal location for social events.
The restaurant "La terraza de Casino" has 3 stars in the Michelin Guide, thanks to the culinary direction of Ferran Adrià. Also on Alcala, a few meters from the Casino, the Alcazar Theatreis located. Finally, in Alcalá 25, we stop at the Church of the Calatravas, the old Royal Monastery of la Concepción. Settled in Madrid became the present building in 1623, and at the end of the 17TH century. The convent was demolished in 1868, leaving standing only the Church that we see today.
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Route 2
Taking the Paseo del Arte. They are two miles between the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Casa Encendida. The Círculo de Bellas Artes, in Alcala 42, is a centre of exhibitions, entertainment and workshops. This private cultural center is one of the most important in Europe and opened in 1880. There are exhibitions on an ongoing basis.
Located in Alcala 40, right on the sidewalk in front, the Cervantes Institute, dedicated to the diffusion of Spanish and Hispano-American culture. With the same purpose, the Casa de América (Plaza de Cibeles 2) was created in 1990. It works in the Palacio Linares and it can only be visited by guided tour to enjoy their glass of Antwerp, carpets from the Royal factory of tapestries, bronzes from Paris. And here you can take advantage of for lunch in his lively restaurant with terrace.
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After lunch, we went through the popular Cibeles fountain. From here begins the Paseo del Prado, where found, number 8, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, The Prado Museum, Paseo del Prado in s/n, CaixaForum, in Paseo del Prado 36. As visiting all the same day, you will have to choose between the options. I advise is that you only visit the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and CaixaForum, a cultural and social Center for the 21st century, with exhibition rooms, Auditorium, restoration workshops, library, and also a restaurant.
Route 3
Departing from the Gardens of the discovery, with the statue of Columbus, at one end, and the other 4 sculptures that recall the voyages of the Navigator, we find so this park are the National Library and the Archaeological museum, which can make a visit. We will then give a tour of the District of Salamanca, where you will find the most expensive and luxurious Madrid shops.
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Serrano Street, we arrive at the Puerta de Alcalá. We visited the Retiro Park , and leaving the Park reach Paseo del Prado. There you can take a break and have lunch. After lunch we visited the Museo del Prado, one of the largest in the world, and on leaving there will find that it ended the day.
Hotel in Madrid: you pass a list of some of the hotels that you can find for a good stay in Madrid:
Eurobuilding, Vincci Capitol Hotel De Las Letras, Regina, Quo Puerta del Sol, The Westin Palace, Ritz, Madrisol, seven islands, Paseo del Prado, Zurbano, national, Balboa, Lagasca, Parque Avenidas, Abascal.

Vía: visitandoelmundo

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