Spain's capital is full of landmarks, unique attractions, and museums El Prado being the most notable but many tourists find that their favorite way to pass the time is by strolling the city streets, eating in little no-name restaurants, and chatting with locals. This is because Madrid, in spite of being a big, busy city, is also a very beautiful one with extremely charming citizens. And, of course, the nightlife is outstanding.Plaza Mayor is the main city square, and Puerta del Sol Square is generally agreed to be the center point of the city. The two squares are within walking distance of each other and smack-dab in the middle of everything. Nearby landmarks include the Royal Palace, Gran Via, and the Reina Sofia. For a bird's-eye view of the city, ride the Teleferico (the cable car that picks up near the Arguelles Metro station and goes above several parks and landmarks before winding up at Casa de Campo Park).
The Spanish capital since 1561, Madrid is Spain’s largest city and one of Europe’s most magnificent. Although its history stretches back to the Roman Empire, Madrid emerged in the 17th century as a grand example of Spain’s imperial power and enormous wealth -- today, the city seems even more glorious as it pulses with youthful energy. Its landmarks include the Palacio Real (the official residence of the Spanish royal family) and a trio of top art museums that include the Museo del Prado, highlighted with works by Goya and Valazquez. Be sure to explore the city’s spirited nightlife: stroll the streets, savor sherry and tapas, sway to the rhythms of flamenco.