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Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is the largest city in the country and third largest in the European Union. It is a fabulous blend of the old and the new. Visitors can marvel at the age old architecture found throughout the city surrounded by modern masterpieces. It is the true centre of Spain, hosting the Royal Palace, the Spanish Parliament and the focus of business in the country. Famed for its rich culture, artistic flair and lively nightlife.
The city is chock full of cultural and historical locations. The city’s history is dominated by its royal connections. The Royal Palace, located on Bailén Street, is the largest Royal Palace in Western Europe and the largest building in the city. It is home to a multitude of valuable tapestries and paintings by world renowned artists, the palace is a must see for tourists and is open to the public almost year round. History enthusiasts should visit The Debod Temple, an authentic Egyptian temple dating back to the 2nd century. It was donated to the city by the Egyptian government in 1968 for Spain’s aid in helping save the sacred monuments of Abu Simbel. Architecture buffs should pay a visit to the Cathedral de Santa María la Real de la Almunda, the principle church in the Diocese of Madrid. The building is a mixture of styles with a neoclassical exterior, a gothic revival interior, and a neo-Romanesque crypt.
Art lovers will be torn between the two main galleries in the city, the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia. The Prado Museum houses works from the 12th to 19th centuries including works by Goya, Valesquez and Rubens. The Reina Sofia is home to Pablo Picasso’s most famous painting; Guernica, and is home to key works from artists such as Salvador Dali.
There are a multitude of things to see and do in this cosmopolitan city and visitors can find an attraction to suit any mood. The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of football giants Real Madrid, is a must see for football fans. Their museum, located on site, delves into the successful history of the club. The famed Spanish bullfighting is ever present in the capital city, those interested in the sport and history behind it should visit Las Ventas Bullfighting where they’ll find Madrid’s Bullfighting museum.
The nightlife in Madrid is world famous and probably one it’s most appealing features to visitors. Often referred to as the city that never sleeps, Madrid is one of the liveliest cities in the world. Madrid's nightlife has something for everybody, whatever your preferences, age or nationality. For those looking to party into the night, nightclubs in Madrid often stay open until the morning light of dawn. On any night in Madrid, first drinks, tapas and wines then segue easily into cocktail bars and the nightclubs that have brought such renown to Madrid as the unrivalled scene of all-night fiestas.
Madrid in recent years has become the culinary capital of the country. The many restaurants offer a wide range of style from every region of Spain and indeed the world. Everything that is exciting about Spanish cooking has gravitated to the capital, from Basque tapas bars to avant-garde Catalan chefs, from the best in Galician seafood to Andalucía’s Mediterranean catch. Whatever your taste, you’re sure to find it in the city.
The capital is chock full of various shopping experiences that can cater to everyone. The Sol-Salamanca district is where fashionistas will find the top brands they are seeking. The Chueca and Fuencarral Street Area has become the most avant-garde and modern part of Madrid, expect to find trendy niche stores full of alternative fashions. Calle Toledo is where tourists will find traditional Spanish shops selling Spanish rope soled shoes, jute products and leather.
Europcar are based in the Madrid Airport, 17 kilometres from the city centre, and is an ideal location to begin your adventure in this historic city and its surrounding areas. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.
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