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Meandering in Madrid like never before

Posted on August 20, 2010 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

With Wily Wanker’s Chocolate Factory as a weakness for the sweet-toothed, Real Madrid for the soccer stimulated, a spirit that personifies the vivir a tope penchant; no browny points there for guessing! It is most definitely, without a scope for doubt, no other place than the Spanish territory of Madrid. The city that’s driven by commercial and social ballad, and not just there does the story end! This mega province that makes on the third slot of the Europe’s largest cities, spins and swings one in the Spanish vibes just as they hit the place! The contagious spirit infuses as soon as one lays his first step in the city and goes meandering in the wonderful and most exciting city of Madrid.

With the sun-shine ever smiling on the city for most part of the year, the place is a naturally lit podium that remains abuzz with some or the other happening that keeps the city pulsating and personifies the hedonist charm of this province of Spain.

Madrid city tours

The political tussle and a great history that winds down is representative of the divinity that the place earns on account of amazing architectural styles. A crib to the Imperial Family backed by the treasures of a real prosperous cultural background, having a vacation over here is a dream come true; a dream perhaps which has never before been visualized but can only come true at this very enigmatic destination.

The Madrid Province which is also referred to as the Comunidad De Madrid, spans about eight thousand square miles in its extent of stretch. With the artistic building defeating the test of time, and continuing to rope the spectators in its awe-inspiring splendors make for a scene of the perfect medieval past featuring fine streets running along the line of massive boulevards. This style signifies the period of about the mid eighteenth and nineteenth century, when the province of Madrid was recuperating from the scars of many past inquisitions and evolving as a leading commercial hub.

The Province of Madrid offers a multitude of attractions ranging from some of the most pulsating options that the many exciting pubs has in store for the pleasure seeker, to many a great culinary delights and plush hotels. The place has it all, and with quite a difference of its own.

Madrid pubs

Chueca, Malasana, Lavapies make for some of the very quaint Barrios that can be found here. They represent the old world charm entwined in the contemporary arty offerings. With the traces of the Hapsburg era still very vivid, the visitors flock to the Madrid of the Austrias which is located right in the middle of the place. You can choose to walk down the path from the Gran Via. This place is one of the main streets in the whole of Madrid, and bustled by some of the leading markets, commercial complexes, entertainment venues etc.

Getting around and exploring the vibrant city of Madrid

Think of Madrid, and how can the cultural influences be left behind? Home to some of the most intriguing museums that provide a historic bond just instantly, the ‘Golden Triangle’ is definitely a jewel in the crown of Madrid. The Golden Triangle consists of three art museums that together form the three pinnacle points from any angle. The Paseo del Arte connects the Thyssen-Bornomisza, Reina Sofia and Prado.

However, what further takes away the limelight, and perhaps many rolls of your camera film is the Puerta del Sol, which is a landmark of a structure built during the fifteenth century. The structure is essentially a gate which is also known as the Eastern Puerta.

Puerta del sol

On walking further from the Puerta del Sol towards the east, one can spectacle the monument of Calla de Alcala which is signifies grandeur. The structure came to be erected during the role of Charles III. What further embodies the true Spaniard feel is the landmark structure of a fountain along with a goddess from the Greek myths, across a chariot driven by lions. A number of vehicles snarl around the structure as it is located in the middle of the road in the area of Plaza de Cibeles.

The charm of the old seventeenth century Spain’s Golden Age can be very vividly seen in the Plaza Mayor. A structure in the middle of Puerta del Sol represents Madrid with a bear and madrono.

Apart from all the artistically stimulating buildings and monuments, the greenery and wilderness makes for a good contrast of various shades of green. The botanical gardens of Jardin Botanico sees a lot of smiling faces, and undoubtedly Parque del Buen Retiro is another place to be well visited. So don’t you miss on these places too! The Plaza de Oriente facing the Imperial Palace is definitely very pretty. Also, look for Atocha Station which will truly be a splendid experience. A greenhouse of one of its kind and very different from other regular greenhouses, a visit to the Atocah Station will be truly delighting.

Madrid Botanical Garden

For a little kiddy affair, there are rides and funfairs at the Parque de Atracciones in the area of Casa de Campo.

A cultural center that Madrid is, there are umpteen options when it comes to viewing the performing arts thriving in the province. A lot of theatres, musically charged venues are a great option to set your evening right. With the never-ending list of activities that Madrid has to offer, the place is best experienced than described.

Here’s a quick list of things you ought to see in Madrid

  • Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

Palacio Real

  • Parque del Buen Retiro (Retiro Park)
  • Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales (Convent of the Royal Barefoot Sisters)
  • Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

Museo del Prado

  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum)
  • Plaza Mayor (Main Square)
  • Faunia Parque Biológico de Madrid (Environmental Park)
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Reina Sofia National Art Center Museum)
  • Parque Juan Carlos I
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