Madrid The Blend of the Old and the New

Whichever one looks, Madrid can mesmerize the visitor into that feeling of being in an era of kings and queens complete with castles and other eye-catching architecture. However, the people and the bustle in the city can bring one back right away into the brisk present.

Moving around in the city, one sees many of Madrid’s buildings and the overall architecture of some of the older buildings displaying the neo-Gothic features. Tropical Travel brings the visitor into the heart of the city with the astounding beauty of many places and many things.

The following are random selections, only a fraction of all the eye-catchers around the city which visitors can pay a visit or maybe simply pass through.

Puerta del Sol

In the heart of Madrid, this plaza is one of the busiest places in the city. It also is the main hub of the local transit system, a meeting spot for festivals and other big gatherings of people. The center features King Charles III statue facing the Royal Post Office with a clock tower.

The clock tower is the focus every New Year celebration where the traditional eating of 12 grapes is done. On the east side of the plaza is the famous Bear and the Madrono Tree Statue. The statue is showing a bear climbing up the madrono tree, the symbol of Madrid.

Plaza Mayor / Palacio Real

This enclosed square is the most famous plaza in Madrid probably because it is now one of the main stops of tourists encircled with tourist shops, cafes, and restaurants. There is a statue of Philip III in the plaza’s center.

The Palacio Real is one of the biggest in the whole of Europe. Officially, this is the King’s residence although they do not reside here. Mostly, this is used for official ceremonies. The palace is regarded as one of the most “emblematic” and beautiful buildings in Madrid and is overlooking the river valley.

Vacation in Madrid

Museum Triangle

This is actually Madrid’s museum district, representing the 3 major art museums around Paseo del Prado. The first, Museo del Prado is ranked one of the best and finest art museums in the whole world. The other two are the Thyssen-Bornemisza which features a baron’s classical art collection. The Reina Sofia is Madrid’s modern art museum.

Museo del Prado has one of the finest art collections in the world and the best in Madrid in classical art, all of which are certainly worth viewing. It includes many collections of the works of Goya, Velazquez, El Greco (Spanish), Rubens, van Dyck, Brueghel (Dutch), Botticelli, Tintoretto, Titian, Caravaggio (Italian) and the Germans Durer, Lucas Cranach and Grien.

Flamenco / bullfights

For the aficionado or a fan, there are many flamenco dance halls in the city with regular shows and presentations. Some shows can be watched while enjoying a Spanish meal.

For the fans, going to a bullfight is a must. During bullfighting season (in May, month of San Isidro) one can watch important corridas. In any case, Tropical Travel can perfectly arrange your visit to the enigmatic city of Madrid. Has this and many other destinations for your next vacation, honeymoon or wedding!

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