Last Updated on September 30, 2022
I love Madrid, one of the most spectacular cities in Europe. See for yourself…
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By Jim Ferri
Madrid is one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals, as you’ll see in these photos of Madrid. More importantly for travelers, however, it also differs dramatically from every other city in Spain.
Because of the incredible variety of things to do in the capital, it can also overwhelm you. For starters, it has two royal palaces. And three world-class art museums.
Its main palace, the Palacio Real, is a spectacular place whose 3,418 rooms cover more than 33 acres, making it the largest palace in Europe by floor area. It contains an array of spectacular rooms including a huge dining room, throne room, armory, and royal chapel. In addition, its Royal Kitchens are are the oldest well-preserved kitchens of all the royal palaces of Europe. And at 8,600+ square feet, they are also the largest
Also don’t miss the Museo del Prado, home to one of the greatest art collections in the world. It’s most famous for its collection of works by Spanish masters.
You’ll find plenty of things to do in Madrid…think museums, restaurants, shopping, palaces, cafes, and people-watching, for starters. It also has amazing places to shop, ranging from fashionable boutiques in the Salamanca district to the down-and-dirty El Rastro flea market. And its food is amazing!
Its many districts contain an astonishing number of restaurants and cafes. They range from simple tapas bars to scores of upscale restaurants, including the posh Teatro Real (the Royal Theater). In fact, you can pretty much walk along any street, and you’ll find scores of neighborhood cafés and bars. I can never get enough of it.
Click any of the photos of Madrid below to get a taste of this wonderful city.