Discover Madrid, a vital, welcoming and cosmopolitan city.
The capital of Spain is one of the most attractive cities in the world where you can do business and enjoy its extensive cultural and historical heritage.
The thrilling energy, as well as its entertaining offer, transform Madrid into a live city, where a wide number of activities seems to have no end.
Internationally recognized as one of the cultural capitals. Madrid places three of the most important art museums of the world, all three located in the same area, the Paseo del Arte.
Thyssen – Bornemisza Museum
Reina Sofia Museum
Madrid also vaunts of being one of the most popular cities in the sport atmosphere.
Having two football symbols, such as the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol and the Club Atlético de Madrid, currently competing of the UEFA Champions League 2019/2020. Turning Madrid into the only city that holds two teams inside the most important football championship.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Wanda Metropolitano Stadium
We propose you some essential visits in Madrid.
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Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Madrid was the capital of a huge empire; however, the buildings and landmarks didn’t truly reflect the city’s standing. The churches and palaces were built in a simple style that had little in common with ostentatious courts elsewhere in Europe. Austerity was the second name of the Hapsburg dynasty – or Austrias, as they werecalled inSpanish. Secluded in the Alcázar Real Palace, the kings rarely appeared in public. Meanwhile, Madrid drew writers, artists, fortune hunters and members of the lesser nobility who hoped to prosper in the court.
From that period, narrow, winding streets, mansions of unornamented severity and convents hidden behind high walls can still be seen in Madrid de los Austrias (Hapsburg Madrid). Between Cuesta de la Vega and Plaza Mayor, the heart of the city, you’ll find the traces of the old capital. Not a grandiose capital, indeed. The simplicity of its buildings, the lack of an overall urban plan and the huge number of churches surprised foreign envoys and chroniclers. On the western border, where the Royal Palace stands, was the Alcázar. This huge building, from which the world was ruled, burned to the ground in 1737.
On a stroll through this district you’ll see buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that have no connection with the Hapsburgs but are of interest too, like the San Miguel and San Francisco el Grande basilicas or the Teatro Real opera house.
The Prado Museum, which is commemorating its 200th anniversary this year, is the crown jewel of one of the city’s most popular tourist itineraries: the Paseo del Arte, where you’ll also find the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía museums. The Prado’s walls are lined with masterpieces from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools, including Velázquez’ Las Meninas and Goya’s Third of May, 1808. Its collection comprises 8,600 paintings and over 700 sculptures, so we recommend deciding what you want to see before stepping into the museum.
Tourist area: Paseo del Arte
Metro: Banco de España (L2), Estación del Arte (formerly Atocha) (L1)
Cercanías (local train): Madrid-Atocha
Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, Madrid’s Royal Palace takes us on a journey through the history of Spain. Though it is no longer the royal family’s home, it continues to be their official residence.
Tourist area: Austrias
Metro: Ópera (L2, L5, R), Plaza de España (L2, L3, L10)
Cercanías (local train): Madrid-Sol
Real Madrid is one of our city’s professional football teams, together with Atlético de Madrid. Holder of multiple European and international titles, the club opens its doors 363 days a year for football and sports fans to explore its historic stadium, an absolute must on your trip to Madrid. Named after the club’s legendary president who headed Real Madrid between 1943 and 1978, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium was opened in 1947. It has a capacity for 81,044, 245 VIP boxes and four restaurants (La Esquina, Puerta 57, Real Café Bernabéu and Zen Market, all of them closed during matches).
Tourist area: Castellana
Metro: Santiago Bernabéu (L10)
Cercanías (local train): Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios
Barcelona, a unique city with great avenues where you can breathe the Mediterranean air that makes it special and different from any other city in Europe.
Discover Barcelona’s heritage and its architectural influenced by Gaudí’s indelible footprint.
We propose you some essential visits in Barcelona.
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In the Gothic Quarter, we find the City Hall and the seat of the Catalan Government, the Palau de la Generalitat, the Cathedral and other Gothic churches, including Santa Maria del Pi and Sants Just i Pastor. Very near the Plaça de Sant Jaume, right in the middle of this Barcelona neighbourhood, is the old Jewish Quarter, the Call Jueu, with its endless narrow streets, where some remains of the ancient synagogue still survive.
The Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí’s best-known work and has become an undisputed symbol of Barcelona. This unique modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2026.
The Sagrada Família Church of Atonement has a central nave with four aisles at the sides and a transept with a central nave flanked by two aisles forming a Latin cross. The semi-circular apse is located at the top of the cross and encloses the basilica at the back. The basilica also has three monumental façades each one representing one of the pivotal moments in the life of Christ: his birth (Carrer Marina), his passion, death and resurrection (Carrer Sardenya), and his present and future glory (Carrer Mallorca).
Tourist area: Sagrada Familia Neighbourhood
Metro: L2/L5-Sagrada Família
Bus: 19, 33, 34, D50, H10, V21
La Rambla is exactly 1.2 kilometres long and nearly everyone who visits Barcelona walks along it. La Rambla was laid out in 1766, following the contours of the medieval city walls that had bounded this part of Barcelona since the 13th century. The locals took it to their hearts straightaway. In Barcelona, a city of narrow, winding streets, the Rambla was the only space where everyone could stroll and spend their leisure time. And we mean everyone. Because of its central location, the Rambla became a meeting place for all the social classes.
Gradually, leisure and cultural attractions found the perfect location on La Rambla. The convents disappeared and florists and newsstands set up there premises here. As you walk along, you’ll see landmark buildings, such as the greatest theatre of Barcelona’s opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Palau de la Virreina and the spectacular Boqueria Market. This human river, with its street artists, tourists and locals, who still come here for a stroll, take us on a journey through this microcosm of contemporary Barcelona.
Tourist area: Las Ramblas
Metro: L1/L3-Catalunya, L2/L3/L4-Passeig de Gràcia, L3/L5-Diagonal
Bus: 6, 7, 22, 24, 33, 34, 52, 54, 63, 67, H8, H10, H12, V15
Cercanías (local train): R1/R3/R4/R7/R12/RG1 Catalunya, R2/R11/R13/R14/R15/R16 Gràcia
This football stadium has the largest capacity of any stadium in Europe, and has hosted the matches of FC Barcelona since 1957.
These facilities are recognised by the UEFA as being a five-star stadium –the maximum possible score– and it holds around 99,000 spectators. As well as the pitch itself, the visit includes admission to the FC Barcelona Museum, the club shop and the dressing rooms for visiting teams. There is also a crèche, restaurants, various television studios, a sports medicine centre, the association of former team players and the offices of various of the club’s departments.
Tourist area: Les Corts District
Metro: L3 – Palau Reial y L5 – Collblanc
Bus: N14 – Arizala – Les Corts