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Madrid to Spain

Madrid is the capital of Spain which is part of the EU and Schengen community.  Madrid offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Plaza Mayor
  • Del Prado national museum
  • Madrid royal palace
  • Buen retiro park
  • Gran via
  • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

and many more!

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain

Plaza mayor is the most popular place to visit in Madrid.  It was built in 15th century and has been used for markets, bullfights, football games and even public executions.  It’s a huge plaza surrounded by residential buildings with a total of 237 balconies facing it.

There are hundreds of hotels in Madrid which means you’ll find some very good deals.  You can also get a 2 day+ tourist metro pass which gives you unlimited access to all public transport for 2 calendar days.

To see most of the sites of Madrid, day and night, you may consider taking a bus tour.  Madrid is huge so it’s not really walkable.

Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSantiago Bernabeu, Madrid

If Plaza Mayor is where they used to play football games, they now play them at the Santiago Bernabeu football stadium (pictured above).  This is the home to Real Madrid football club, the most successful club in the world.  You can take a stadium tour and visit inside the stadium and see all the trophies and stats on former players.  Are you an Athletico Madrid fan? you can tour their stadium as well.

Bullfight, Madrid, Spain

Bullfight, Madrid, Spain

Spain is famous for bullfights, so there no better place to watch one than in the Madrid bull ring.  Check the schedule, if you’re interested in a bullfight, there could be one on when you’re there.  Be warned, they do kill the bulls and it is pretty gory!

Madrid to Sevilla AVE bullet trainMadrid to Sevilla AVE bullet train

The Madrid train station, Atocha, is a tourist attraction in itself, it has a garden inside and also a memorial to the Madrid train bombings of 2004.  The 2 hour bullet train to Seville Santa Justa was €46 one way and very impressive.  These trains leave quite frequently and go to most major cities in Spain and France.

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