Madrid is one of Europe's most visited destinations. It is not easy to condense in 3 days visit to the Iberian metropolis, but you can see the most important things on the way adequately studied ..
Immense Barajas International Airport for a series of corridors and follow the signs to get to the metro, which is one of the largest and most extensive in the world (less than 12 lines!), Despite having a population of Madrid "only" about three million inhabitants. It 'should now buy a "abono" by three days for 11 € you can take the subway every time you want to make visits to the city.
The first day's worth to get an idea of the style and atmosphere Madrid wandering the streets of beautiful old town.
The tour may start from the picturesque Plaza de Puerta del Sol , the heart of Madrid, the heart of the city, the square-shaped half-moon where the Post Office building, now home to the magnificent eighteenth century building provincial government for its famous clock that marks the New Year's Eve with the chimes and the rite of Campanadas the arrival of the new year. From here, along Calle Mayor to get to another town square, or Plaza Mayor .
A surprise is the aspect ratio: what was once the place dedicated to the market is a huge colonnaded square rectangular than 129 feet wide by 94 wide, completely enclosed by apartment buildings with three floors all with red roofs, with 237 balconies overlooking the square, famous for the many initiatives that characterize it, the Sunday market stalls philatelic and numismatic related to the Christmas holidays. Among the myriad of restaurants, bars and souvenir note that there are nine access ports, the best known of which is that of 'Arc de Cuchilleros . Walking to get to the beautiful Plaza de la Villa (where the town hall) there are so many shows on the street where it is easy to find some group that performs in a traditional flamenco dance.
Nearby is the magnificent and imposing Almudena Cathedral (named after the patron saint, the Virgen de la Almudena in fact) and especially the Royal Palace , the official residence of the Spanish royal family that is significant for its majestic opulence, with a façade reminiscent of Versailles and the Louvre, but all the late Baroque Italian. Behind the palace must visit the gardens open to the public: among them, remind those of Lepanto and Sabatino, where everything is a series of hedge mazes and fountains with water. From here we move toward Plaza de Espana , with its impressive towers and a fountain dedicated to Miguel Cervantes and his famous characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
Then you come on the Gran Via , where it is easy to get lost among the windows of the many elegant boutiques.
Madrid is famous for its nightlife, known as Movida Madrilena, famous throughout the world: clubs, where they dance and you are in joy until dawn and beyond! The meeting points are the typical "Barrio de las Letras", in the center, around the square Santa Ana (where the Teatro Espanol, the oldest theater in Madrid), inland Huertas and Echegaray , the Calle Arenal (with its many discos, see "Joy" or "Palacio de Gaviria) the" Pacha " Calle de Barceló and the "Kapital", near Atocha . Districts where no one ever goes to sleep that are then Malasaña , the Lavapiés , and to Chueca , famous because "headquarters" of gay community.
If you have made the small hours after the first day, it certainly will not be easy to start very early and very fresh on the second day of tour, it would be worthwhile to devote to the many wonders preserved in several museums, which are obligatory steps for those who went in Madrid, if only for a short time: the Prado Museum , the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum , the Queen Sofía Art Centre . < p> Before going into the description of the premises in question, we recall for convenience that these museums are free on Sundays and closed on Monday, this information very useful, considering that most of these little ones are made in the tour weekend. The Prado is one of the most important art galleries in the world, that takes hours and hours to be visited, so much the large collection of works on show, especially in the field of Renaissance painting. Among the artists who sign the many masterpieces on display include the names of Botticelli, Caravaggio, Goya, Mantegna, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Velázquez.
the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, as an important cultural center of the capital, is absolutely seen, even if it is necessary to make a selection of what you want to see, among and about eight hundred works that are currently stored. Fully dedicated to modern and contemporary Art Centre of Queen Sofia, who perhaps can not meet everyone's taste, but that has considerable artistic production since the beginning of the twentieth century to today, with artists such as Miro, Dali and Picasso, whose famous work "Guernica" is the pride of the museum.
After so much culture, especially if the weather is favorable, another not to be missed is a visit to the Parque del Buen Retiro , an oasis of green, 118 acres of gardens, fountains and monuments, the main attraction with beautiful Crystal Palace , nineteenth-century garden of tropical plants for winter. Every Sunday, at the foot of the monument of Alfonso XII of Spain, the show secured with the canonical encounter between percussionists Madrid and dozens of African-Americans and groups of jugglers. But other board in the green can be made to the Campo del Moro (behind the Royal Palace).
The historic center of Madrid is really a series of squares that are worth seeing on foot or perhaps renting a bicycle: the sumptuous Plaza de Oriente , Plaza de Colon (where is the national library and especially the monument to Christopher Columbus), Plaza de Cibeles , Plaza de la Independencia and Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas Another symbol of Madrid, a place of bullfighting. The arena, located in the Salamanca district, is one of the world's largest (capacity 25,000 people), and every Sunday from March to December includes fights with bulls and bullfighters who start at 18-19 to finish second - 3 hours later. Only on feast days of patron saint of Madrid, San Isidro, the bullfight is held daily.
Speaking of the great outdoors, football fans will not miss an opportunity to visit the legendary Santiago Bernabeu stadium , one of the most impressive temples of sport in Europe, that hosts the home matches of the team of the capital , Real Madrid, of course.
If the last day of the tour happens on Sunday, the goal is essential to do in El Rastro , the largest flea market in Europe. It must be said that this crowded meeting place to live precisely only on Sundays, and by the way closes at 14, so "night owls" on Saturday night if they want to avoid the crowd or a "dramatic" wake-up, can go directly to the end of the evening: closing the disco, breakfast cafes open early in the first few laps and the myriad of stalls, starting from Plaza de Cascorro and extend along the Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores .
In this way one time there were a lot of leather shops and slaughterhouses, and the blood of slaughtered animals plowed the road downhill just producing a "Rastro" with blood, and that is where the market takes its name. Beware of pickpockets and petty thieves, because the colorful chaos of music and folklore is easy to lose sight of the wallet!
In the area of the Latin, near the market is swarming with cafes where you can eat tapas at will, a typical product as "El Tigre ", where price and quality go hand in hand, cervezeria as the " Zahara " (where you can taste the "plato combinado, a nutritious mix with fried eggs, tortillas, french fries and ham typical) or 100 montaditos "(very nice). However, in all of Madrid are the so-called museums of Jamon, shops where you can get a few € or enjoy on the spot, or standing at the bar, delicious hams as authentic local specialties.
Should then tasted the famous bocadillos de calamares, sandwiches characteristic in Madrid with fried calamari. Then mention the "chorizo", a smoked sausage, potatoes and tortillas. Miles from the cake can not not go to the " Mallorquina ", a bar in Plaza del Sol where there are all Madrilena pastry specialties, such as churros y chocolate, Special to the historic Chocolatería de San Ginés "as it is very suggestive, for tea or hot chocolate," El Jardín Secreto ".
Three days in the Spanish capital are certainly not many, but with a little 'organization makes you a better idea of the atmosphere that a good life and the stately beauty of one of the most important cities in the world.