Madrid The capital of Spain

The capital of Spain and the largest city in the country, with a population of over 6 million, Madrid is the third-biggest city in the European Union. The city is the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain. In this text, we cover some of the must do things in Madrid.
Madrid is a real treat for museum-lovers. The city has many museums, the most important of which are located in the city centre, on the Paseo del Prado, and are known as the Golden Triangle of Art.
1. Prado Museum is one of the world’s leading art galleries, with its collection comprising 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures. Its walls are lined with masterpieces, including Velázquez’ Las Meninas and Goya’s Third of May, 1808, Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, as well as some of the most notable works of El Greco, Zurbaran, Murillo, Italian and Flemish masters, and much more.
2. Reina Sofia Museum is dedicated to the Spanish contemporary art and houses works by Dalí, Miró and Juan Gris, as well as Picasso’s masterpiece: Guernica.
3. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers a magical tour of the history of European painting from the Middle Ages through to the late 20th century. Notably, collections include Italian and Flemish Renaissance, Impressionism (Monet, Degas), Post-Impressionism (Gauguin, Van Gogh) as well as the avant-garde masterpieces of the 20th century (Picasso, Kandinsky, Chagall)
Madrid boasts a rich and lavish culinary scene. You can’t leave Madrid without trying cocido (chickpea stew). The first course is a noodle soup and the second is stewed meat, bacon, chickpeas and other ingredients that vary depending on individual preference. If you are in the mood for a quick snack, you’ll want to try Bocata de calamares (battered calamari sandwich), the capital’s typical fast-food dish.
Home to two major football clubs: Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, Spanish capital is an excellent place to experience the excitement of European football at its finest. The best time to visit is during La Liga: the season usually runs from the second half of August to the end of May.
Many of Madrid’s famous sights and monuments are conveniently packaged in the central area, so if you decide to explore the city on foot, Puerta del Sol (Kilometer Zero) should be your starting point. The surrounding streets and plazas are lined with historic architecture, fancy boutiques, and flamboyant tapas scene. Just a short walk away you’ll find the lovely Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family.
A stunning view of the city can be enjoyed from the top of the Cibeles Palace, formerly central post office and itself one of the city’s major landmarks.
Also, do not skip a romantic walk across the beautiful El Retiro Park. This huge park is the lungs of Madrid and an ideal place to relax after a long tour of the city.
However, we covered here just a taste of what Madrid has to offer. There’s so much more to discover in the city that you won’t be able to stay away for long!