The Spanish capital is synonymous with culture and vibrant life. It is characterized by contrasts. Modern and traditional, majestic and folksy, lively but also quiet and cozy. The Madrilenians are open to new and, above all, unknown faces. So it is not uncommon that you are approached on the street and involved in a conversation. Of course, knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage here, but you can also communicate with your hands and feet. Spend an unforgettable stay in Madrid!
The melody of the second and most popular movement of the Concierto de Aranjuez is known to almost everyone and if not, just listen to it. In his work, Joaquin Rodrigo describes the gardens of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, just south of Madrid. The guitar sounds immediately put you in a holiday mood, so you can not help but take a trip to Spain or a city trip to Madrid to enjoy the regal atmosphere. With the Concierto de Aranjuez in their ear they see the Palacio Real de Aranjuez , as it is called in Spanish, with a completely different eyes.
You will also feel the royal flair in the center of Madrid. Not only the reigning King Felipe VI living here but also the history of Madrid has a very special and majestic atmosphere. In many hotels in Madrid, such as the Hesperia Madrid , you can feel like a king yourself. From its hotel in the center, such as the Intur Palacio San Martín , you can easily reach the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish royal family. This was built in the 18th century in the classical style. Since the Spanish royal family does not live in the castle, but in the Zarzuela Palace northwest of Madrid, the Royal Palace is mostly open to the public.
A day trip to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Esorial is also worthwhile. Especially at night it is beautifully lit. The building was built in the 16th century and declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. It is 207 meters long and 161 meters wide, the largest Renaissance building in the world and is located about 45 km from Madrid. After the tour of the monastery, you can visit the Architectural Museum or see the impressive work of Martyrdom of St. Maurice of El Greco and many other oil paintings in the Pinacoteca . Other exhibits and artworks can be seen in the many museums in Madrid.
The majestic atmosphere runs through all of Madrid. In the El Buen Retiro Park you can spend the afternoon in the shade of the trees, as temperatures in summer are usually above the 30 degree mark. A large pond, the Crystal Palace and the rose garden invite you to linger. Before returning to your hotel after a long day of sightseeing in Madrid, make a detour to the Botanical Garden. In the greenhouse with three climate zones and in the palm house you can learn a lot about different plant species or admire a bonsai collection.
If you start your day after a night out in one of the many cheap hotels in Madrid with a walk through one of the many parks, you can recharge your batteries for a shopping day in the center of Madrid. In the street Gran Vía are located in addition to the headquarters of the Spanish telephone company Telefónica and the illuminated Schweppes logo also numerous fashion shops. This is where tradition and modernity come together. In many historical and especially representative buildings are modern or sometimes strange shops. There is almost nothing in Madrid that does not exist.
Who does not know him, the Spanish football club Real Madrid. Together with Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, Madrid has three football clubs in the first Spanish league. Football fans will get their money’s worth on a trip to Madrid. It is very special to cheer on the teams in the stadium. If you have not been able to get any tickets, you should visit a sports bar in Madrid. It is a very special experience to experience the emotions of the Madrilenians live in a football match.
You can try the small bites usually found in tapas bars with wine or sometimes with beer in many bars and restaurants throughout Madrid. The Mercado de San Miguel is Madrid’s most beautiful market. Here you can taste many tapas and enjoy excellent wine or sparkling wine. Not infrequently they hear guitar sounds in Madrid in the small streets. You may even have the opportunity to listen to a live Madrilenean guitar or attend a flamenco show.
If you book your hotel in Madrid on New Year’s Eve then you will experience a different New Year’s Eve than you probably know from home. In most pleasant temperatures you can spend New Year’s Eve in the streets in the center of Madrid or at one of the trendy parties in one of the discos or bars. You have countless possibilities and the staff of your hotel will certainly help you to pick the right party for you. As different as the parties are, one is the same everywhere. When at twelve o’clock the church bells beat twelve times, according to old Spanish custom, twelve grapes are eaten. One grape per bell stroke. If you can do it, all wishes for the new year come true.
If you have some time left in Madrid, then you should have a look at some sightseeing highlights. The Puerta del Sol is the central and most famous square in Madrid. If you’re in Madrid, when Real Madrid wins an important football game, then you should not miss the celebration in the Plaza de Cibeles . Here, all major football successes are celebrated in a majestic atmosphere. Could you visit all the sights on your city trip through Madrid? Do not try tapas? No problem, then come back!
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