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Madrid is the capital and the largest city of Spain. An amazing place with a lot of history, a lot of charm, elegance, and mystery. The name Madrid probably comes from its ancient Arabic name Mayra (changing later to Mayrit), referring to the river Manzanares as a "giver of life". Manzanares river is one of the most important symbols of this city. Madrid enjoys a Continental Mediterranean climate, with cooler winters including sporadic snowfalls, and very hot summers. The city has many green spots, including Parque del Retiro, the biggest and most popular park, full of trees, nature and a large lake in the middle. Madrid is a major centre for international business and commerce. It is one of Europe's largest financial centres and the largest in Spain.
Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main international airport that serves Madrid, Spain. Located 13 km northeast of Madrid, it is the country's busiest and largest airport. Its name Barajas was designated after the neighbour town of Barajas.
Barajas represents the gateway to the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe and the world, and it’s an important link between Europe and Latin America. With flights to and from all major airports in Europe, including London Heathrow Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Rome Fiumicino Airport, Munich and Frankfurt, this airport represents a major asset for Spain’s economy. It also serves other important cities within Spain, such as Barcelona Airport, Malaga Airport, Gran Canaria Airport, Alicante Airport, just to mention a few.Top places to visit with a rental car
The most important sites are gathered in the heart of the city, el Centro. Featuring the Royal Palace at the west. Madrid is known for being one of the major European destinations when it comes to art museums. The most famous one is Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado, which comprises three museums.
The most popular one of the three is the Prado Museum, the main Golden Triangle of Art member known for housing Diego Velázquez's Las Meninas and Francisco de Goya's La maja vestida and La maja desnuda. The other two museums are the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, established from a mixed private collection, and the Reina Sofia Museum. With Pablo Picasso's Guernica, having returned to Spain from New York after more than twenty years.
A city that knows the meaning of nightlife, Madrid is famous for having nights full of glamour and fun. Nightclubs, concerts, great food and beverages are ingredients that Madrid really knows how to assemble and transform into a wonderful experience. To mention some of the top night destinations we would include the neighbourhoods of: Bilbao, Tribunal, Alonso Martinez or Moncloa, along with the Puerta del Sol area (including Opera and Gran Via) and Huertas (barrio de Las Letras), locations that host tourists day and night. The district of Chueca has also become a hot spot in the city's night party scenes.
For children there are enough theme parks, zoos and excursions that could offer them an amazing adventure. Concerning classical music, the Auditorio Nacional de la Música is the best place to enjoy classical concerts. And let’s not forget the major opera house in Madrid, Teatro Real.
Madrid is also the new home of Flamenco, the city offers many top bars and clubs to get the romantic side of Madrid and enjoy its special gastronomy, including the well-known tapas bars.
We could not talk about Madrid without mentioning one of Spain’s greatest and worldwide known activities, which is bullfighting. Madrid has the largest Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Spain, Las Ventas, born in 1929; and considered the world’s centre of bullfighting. And, of course, Madrid can be the location to start an amazing trip all around the beautiful country of Spain.
Visit Castilla de la Mancha, Castilla de León, La Rioja, Aragón, Extremadura, Andalucía, Murcia, Cataluña, Navarra on a road trip from Madrid. You could even drive to France or Portugal!
There are definitely a lot of options for a good stay in Madrid, the city welcomes you to stay from your very arrival, after landing in Barajas Airport. Just 400 metres from the airport there is the Hotel Kris Cazadora, and 1 km from the airport, you will find the Hotel High Tech Madrid Aeropuerto. Two great options with very comfortable features.
If you would rather being closer to the city there are various options as well. Perhaps one of the most convenient hotels is the Husa Moncloa Hotel, situated in the heart of the business district, and very close to the shopping area. Husa Moncloa Hotel is a four star hotel with great advantages, such as a wonderful restaurant, serving traditional Mediterranean and international foods, a bar, heated pool, and a sauna.
In the centre of the city there is another great choice, the Hotel Preciados. It is located in the cultural, business, and commercial district of the city, perfect for visiting the Royal Palace and the Cathedral.
But if you are looking for something more peaceful, in a quiet area, there is the Anaco Hotel. Situated on a quiet street next to the Plaza del Carmen, it’s a small and convenient hotel away from all the fast activity of the city, and yet very centric.
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