THINGS TO DO IN MADRID

Following are a few attractions to visit in Madrid.

ROYAL PALACE
Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid's Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain. Though it is no longer the royal family's home, it continues to be their official residence.

PLAZA MAYOR
This portico lined square is situated at the heart of Hapsburg Madrid, the old part of the city and one of the capital’s most charming districts.
Before Madrid became a capital city, with its wide avenues and boulevards, its footprint consisted of narrow streets, alleys and passageways, which today take us back to the times of swashbuckling swordsmen and medieval rogues.

EL RETIRO PARK
This green oasis in the centre of Madrid has 125 hectares and is home to over 15,000 trees. From a botanical point of view, the park includes some very important gardens: the Jardín de Vivaces, the Jardines de Cecilio Rodríguez (classical gardens of an Andalusian style), the Jardines del Arquitecto Herrero Palacios, the Rose Garden, and the Parterre Francés with the oldest tree in Madrid, a bald cypress that is believed to be 400 years old.

CIBELES FOUNTAIN
The Cibeles Fountain, created in 1782 and situated in its current location since 1895, has ended up lending its name to one of the most emblematic squares of Madrid. It has also become a symbol of the capital. The Fountain depicts the Roman goddess of the same name (Cybele in English), symbol of the Earth, agriculture, and fertility, with a chariot drawn by lions.

FARO DE MONCLOA
Going up to the Faro de Moncloa observation deck is quite an experience.
De Madrid al cielo (From Madrid to heaven...) The expression that reflects Madrid’s atmosphere so well is truer than ever. Two panoramic lifts take visitors 92 metres up to the impressive Faro de Moncloa viewpoint, standing tall over the heart of Madrid’s Ciudad Universitaria. This former transmission tower was built by architect Salvador Pérez Arroyo in 1992, the year in which the city was named European Capital of Culture, and stands at 110 metres tall.

SANTIAGO BERNEBÈU STADIUM
Real Madrid is one of Madrid’s three professional football teams, together with Atlético de Madrid and Rayo Vallecano. Holder of multiple European and international titles, the club opens its doors 363 days a year for football and sports fans to explore its historic stadium, an absolute must on your trip to Madrid.
Named after the club’s legendary president who headed Real Madrid between 1943 and 1978, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium was opened in 1947. It has a capacity for 81,044, 245 VIP boxes and four restaurants

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