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Madrid City Guide

Welcome to Madrid! We hope you enjoy your time here. To help you get started and familiarize yourself with the city, have a look below.

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Madrid is the capital of Spain, and is home to the Spanish Royal family as well as the Spanish Government. It is a modern metropolitan city and an economical and industrial center of Spain, and is also the biggest city in Spain.

Size: 605.8 km² (234 square miles)
Population: 3,165,000
Language: Spanish
Currency: EUR (€)

Airports:

• Barajas Airport

Recommended Restaurants:

La Bola( C/ Bola, 5 28013 Madrid)
      LA BOLA is a familiar restaurant located in the center of Madrid. Since 1870 its traditional cuisine has been well known in the city, always offering the best of the castillan cuisine to its customers. Taberna LA BOLA is famous for its prime quality products, its environment and above all, for its best specialty, “cocido madrileño”, cooked the original way using oak charcoal at very low rate.
A great place to have traditional food however – pay attention – they do not accept credit cards!
La Bola's Website

Mercado de San Miguel (Plaza de San Miguel, 28005, Madrid)
      The Mercado de San Miguel is an historic and monumental market infused with literary retrospect located in the heart of Madrid’s old quarter. The Mercado aims to become a Centre for Culinary Culture, where the product is the key, together with the active presence of food- and gastronomy-related functions and events. A meeting place for the consumer and the professional, the gourmand, and those seeking information and counsel.
Mercado de San Miguel Website

Alright (Calle de Pedro Rico 54, 28029 Madrid)
      You'll be saying a whole lot more than "alright" after you fill your belly with traditional American cuisine at Madrid's Alright. The restaurant is loved by locals and tourists alike for their hearty dishes including classic American - style ribs (oh so tender and juicy), enormous burgers (yum, yum, yum), and fresh fish (does it get any better than this?). Every meal served at Alright is made with only the freshest and highest-quality ingredients possible. When you're in the mood for a taste of America, try Alright.
Great American Food in Madrid!!
Alright Website

Places to see:

Parque del Retiro
      Retiro Park is Madrid's main green lung, it is one of the city's largest parks. The park covers 1.4km² and is surrounded by many of the city's main attractions like the Prado Museum. Under Felipe II the area was used as an escape from urban life for the royals and royal lodgings. The recreational opportunities in the park include boating on the lake, taking a horse drawn carriage ride or getting your portrait painted by one of the local artists. Several annual events are hosted in the park like an annual book fair and free summer concerts.

Madrid Segway Tour
      Zip through the streets of Madrid on a revolutionary Segway! Not only is it easy but, loads of fun as well. You will see the Royal Palace, the Almudena, Templo de Debod and the Mayor and de Espana Plaza's on this unique tour. Numbers are limited to 10 people on this small - group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Museo Reina Sofia
      The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía was designed as a modern complement to the historical Prado Museum. It was officially inaugurated by Queen Sofia in 1992. Originally built as a hospital, the museum was expanded in 2005 with a structure designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The Museo Reina Sofia is home to a broad array of works created by Spanish artists, including extensive collections of artwork by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Picasso’s masterpiece, El Guernica, which conveys the horrors of the Spanish civil war, is alone worth the price of admission.

Places to relax:

Federica and Co – The garden of your dreams
      The first time you go through the front door of the number 26 of Hermosilla Street, the last thing you’d expect is a Parisian yard or vintage furniture in a romantic and magic garden located in one of the most beautiful areas of Madrid. “El barrio Salamanca”. An old iron bike filled with flowers will be the only sign that will guide you through the ancient cobbled carriages passage that will welcome you to this gorgeous and colorful world.

Flamenco show
      Madrid has been listening to the best flamenco since the early 19th century and has seen the best artists triumph here. The place where flamenco is performed is called "Tablao". Shows performed by the best flamenco artists use to be hosted in the city`s major theatres. Madrid offers plenty of "tablaos" where you can enjoy daily flamenco shows performed by really good artists and most of them offer dinner-shows combining traditional gastronomy with spectacle and culture.

Madrid Rio
      Very close to the river you ca find “Madrid Río“, a huge beautiful park that runs along the bank of Manzanares river where you always find many different options depending on your mood. Whether you want to go jogging or skating or if you just want to relax or just take a walk in the quiet green. There are also bike paths and skateparks, and it is a very friendly environment so it doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an expert, you are always welcome to join in.

Neighborhoods:

Malasaña
      From the centre of La Movida Madrileña to the trendiest district in town, Malasaña has been through quite a lot of changes in the last few decades. Today modern restaurants and second-hand shops live alongside traditional bars and markets people have been going to for ages. It's also one of the most popular nightlife areas in the city.

La Latina
      La Latina is Madrid's quintessential neighbourhood for beer on tap, tapas, mojitos and terraces, much to the chagrin of some who live nearby. At weekends it's nearly impossibe to find a spot to squeeze into the jam-packed bars and restaurants to get lunch or dinner, although on workdays it's a regular, everyday part of the city, with locals shopping at the Mercado de la Cebada and kids playing in any of the numerous squares. Don't miss having a look at the beautiful churches and basilicas hidden in the narrow streets.

Chueca
      This neighborhood has become the gay district of Madrid in recent decades. From shops, bars, and even travel agencies, the majority of businesses are focused on the gay community which co-exists with older people who have lived in the neighborhood since they were kids. Their Gay Pride parties, which are held in late June or early July, are famous worldwide.