When we speak of Spain, the first city that comes to our mind is ‘Madrid’ – the great city with many places of interest for every class of visitor; great museums, palaces, churches, etc. This is a city that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Some of the places of interest in Madrid are briefly explained here:
The Royal palace:
It took about 32 years to build this palace and it was completed in the year 1770. The palace was designed by Mr. Sabatini, the architect from Italy for the King His Excellency Felipe V. It has a great collection of paintings of artists like Goya, Caravaggio and Velázquez. This is one of the most imposing buildings with luxury at its pinnacle. This palace is an architectural marvel.
Apart from paintings, the palace also has a collection of many silver and golden articles, jewels, etc. It has a collection of many medals presented to His Excellency. Perhaps the king had fascination for music, he collected many musical instruments and these instruments are also on display. Porcelain and glass wares are also on display. The king had a separate dispensary for him and his family and other members of the palace. A royal library with collection of great literary works shows the concern of His Excellency towards spreading literature. It is certainly a place which should never be missed.
This 27 floor building is built of metal, granite and glass. The building which leans at a particular angle is named after the company which constructed this most spectacular building. Of course, its official name is Puerta de Europa which means gateway to Europe. This building was completed in 1996. Most renowned architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson have designed this building. Maybe this building can be called the leaning tower of Madrid. This is a high security area and the building is not open to public. But one can view it from outside and enjoy its architectural marvel.
Parque del Buen Retiro:
It takes almost one full day to go around this beautiful park, spreading over about 118 hectares which is said to have been built in the 18th century. It has a place for boating and it also houses three great museums. Come holiday, the park will be overflowing with people and artists like singers, painters, astrologers, etc. Puppet shows are also held. This is the best place to relax and enjoy the beautiful environment.
The capital of Spain
Madrid is spread out on the meseta, central Spain’s highlands. Its location is perfect for its function, that is, to coordinate the eighteen autonomous regions of Spain. Madrid doesn’t have a very long history; it was only in 1561 that it became the capital of Spain. But those four hundred years have been enough to transform it into one of the most attractive cities in Spain. The cultural identity of Madrid was born with the Paseo del Arte (a kilometer of museum space), so the city is now the perfect place for tourists to find out many interesting facts about Spain’s art, culture, architecture, and customs.
Madrid is on the list of many touristic itineraries and many people ask themselves why. Well, the answer is simple: Madrid is spectacular. Among Spanish cities, it has one of the biggest number of sightseeing objectives. Visiting the impressive number of museums and monuments requires a lot of time and energy because they are all worth visiting. In addition, Madrid is a very modern city with excellent food, fashion and a very impressive night life.
Sightseeing in Madrid
Number one on your sightseeing list should definitely be the Royal Palace. The building is not one of the most refined palaces in Spain, but it stands out for its opulence. The Palace is a product of the court of Bourbon, so the furniture is almost entirely designed in Baroque and Roccoco style, typical for the XVIIIth century. You should also take a walk to the Plaza Mayor. This will direct you to the centre of the historical part of Madrid, where the curved streets pass in front of cathedrals and bars that serve tapas will give you an introduction into the history of the Spanish Royalty. Then go to the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, a Franciscan monastery where you can meditate in peace without being disturbed. If you want a cultural escape, go to the Prado Museum. Here you’ll find fine collections of Roman art, as well as several collections by artists such as El Greco, Goya or Velasquez.
The capital of Spain is packed with hotels and villas for all tastes. However, if you choose to visit Madrid for its special flavor, the best choice would be to look for a villa to rent. All villas are extremely comfortable, decorated in such a way that they respect tradition and are situated in picturesque locations, real paradises on earth.