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Madrid is a tremendously historic and monumental city.
Its monuments and sights include the
Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Almudena Cathedral, Puerta del Sol, the magnificent
Plaza de Oriente and the city's many historic buildings and squares which make this one of Europe's most attractive cities for sight-seeing.
The city is an excellent combination of modern infrastructure and
historic squares, churches, monuments and city gates.
It has several
emblematic landmarks such as the Palacio Real, which is the largest
Royal Palace in Western Europe, the
Plaza Mayor, a spectacular Castilian
square which dates back to the 16th century, the
Puerta del Sol, Madrid
and Spain's spiritual heart, since from this square all points on
Spain's 6 major national roads are measured, and the Gran Vía, one of
Madrid's main shopping streets connecting the spacious Plaza de España
square with the magnificent old city gate of Puerta de Alcalá.
museums are second to none, with the
Museo del Prado being internationally
recognised as one of the world's premier galleries, particularly for
The Reina Sofia museum, which houses Picasso's incredible work "Guernica",
and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, one of
the most important private
collections in the world, make up Madrid's unique Avenue of Art,
together with the new addition of the
The less well known
Bellas Artes houses a magnificent collection of paintings from the
15th century to the present day.
GoMadrid provides the visitor with practical information on all the city's major
museums, the most historic churches and palatial homes, and also the most
A visit to Spain's capital wouldn't be complete without a stroll around
its Rastro Flea
Market, which is a Sunday morning tradition for thousands of locals
and tourists alike.
Or take a relaxing walk through one of the capital's large and beautiful
Please use the resources on the margin to the left to discover all of Madrid's major sights.
And if you would like to see where the most important tourist attractions are
located, we suggest you start with this incredibly useful
tourist map to guide you round the city.
Finally, don't forget to check out Madrid's best sights and attractions in our Top 10 section.