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Spain’s capital and a gem of a European city, Madrid is full of attractions and sights that captivate both locals and visitors alike with its mix of historical charm and modern vitality. There you will see sumptuous historical buildings and monuments that harken back to Madrid’s fascinating past, impressive museums that display works from Europe’s most revered artists and acres of beautiful formal gardens where thousands of locals come to play every day.
In fact, a visit to Madrid is not complete without a day at the Spanish capital’s top two attractions: the Prado Museum and Retiro Park. The world-renowned PradoMuseum provides an unrivalled survey of European art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century – with an emphasis on Spanish painting. Here significant works like Francisco de Goya’s The Third of May 1808 or Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas grace the walls. For good reason, RetiroPark is Madrid’s favorite breath of fresh air. This extensive park, once a royal preserve, is where the locals come to play and stroll amongst its gardens and manicured paths, or else row on the artificial lake.
Then if you’re brave enough to face the sport, the Bullfights at Las Ventas are simply incredible. Imagine watching the work of Spain’s top matadors with all their grace and skill inside Spain’s most important bullring, Plaza Monumental de Las Ventas. Both grand and traditional, the brick and tile ring was built in the 1920s and holds more than 23,000 spectators. Truly an unforgettable Madrid experience!