Once, the richest and most powerful city in the world, Madrid is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, the city that exudes grandeur and history on every street and in every building.
Known worldwide for fighting bulls to flamenco, for culinary arts, not least because one of the biggest football clubs Real Madrid, the capital of the great empire of Charles V is the city that never sleeps.
Plaza Puerta del Sol “Sun Gate” is one of the busiest places and full of life in the city, here is the city symbol statue “El Oso y El Madrono”. Also in this square is located the statue of King Charles III.
Near Cathedral Almudena is Palacio Real “Royal Palace” pride of Madrid, is one of the largest royal palace in Europe. It is located in the east of the historic center, near the Opera metro lines M2 and M5. Even if the royal family lives in the Palacio de Zarzuela outside Madrid, Palacio Real belongs to the king and the royal family, the symbol of the Spanish monarchy, where it made further official ceremonies, and receptions.
The palace has 2,800 rooms, only some of them open to the public.
The most important objective here is the monument dedicated to Miguel de Cervantes. Monument on one side shows two bronze statues of Don Quixote de la Mancha and his companion Sancho Panza, and behind them is the statue of Cervantes. Opposite the monument there is a cascading water fountain.
Grand Via is the busiest streets, full of life and one of the most important shopping areas of Madrid. Architectural design of the buildings from the 20th century make this a great street, large buildings in architectural styles. Here there are numerous hotels and cinemas, the famous El Corte Engles store and Edificio Telefónica, one of the largest buildings on the Grand Via. At the street intersection with Calla Alcala Grand Via is Edificio Metropolis. From here on Calle Alcala reach Puerta del Sol.
The most imposing building is the Palace of Communications. The building was built to be the headquarters post, then hosted Posts and Telecommunications Museum, and in 2007 became the Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Madrid City Hall).
The most famous museum, the Prado Museum is another main objective of tourism, housing the royal collection of art, including masterpieces of Spanish paintings, coins and medals, decorations, prints, and various masterpieces of Italian and Dutch painters.
Near Prado Museum is Real Jardin Botanica (Royal Botanical Garden) and near the garden is famous Atocha station, where in 2004 took place on March 11 bombing in Madrid.