Madrid is a splendid and beautiful city. I am the happiest that I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Spain for the second time. Madrid is a real adventure for those who thirst for beauty. It’s a city full of life, hospitable people and splendid places. Below are few places I would suggest to visit.
Buen Retiro park. It’s the most popular park in Madrid, which was created as a royal park for the Buen Retiro palace. The park is decorated with marble monuments, beautiful lawns, abundant greenery and elegant buildings. It’s really quiet during the week and very crowded on weekends.
In the center of the park there is an artificial lake which is overseen by the Alfonso XII mausoleum and Egyptian fountain. The park has a rose garden, La Rosaleda, and the statue of El Angel Caido. By the way it’s said to be the first statue dedicated to the dark lord.
Museo del Prado has one of the most interesting collections of European art, from the XIV century and until the early nineteenth century. To enjoy the wonderful works of the museum you have to pay 14 euros. All the paintings are the work of famous Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch and French painters. I was strongly impressed by The Garden of Earthly Delights, which is the painting of Hieronymus Bosch. This painting is composed of three scenes: the paradise – the source of life, hell and a garden of pleasures. It is just a wonderful work. I can stay and look at this beauty for hours!!!
Plaza Mayor is a tourist market of Madrid which is full of cafes and nice restaurants. So it’s a great place to eat and relax – but be careful, you might pay there more for less
Of course, I can’t forget the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid. The garden was founded in 1775 at the request of King Ferdinand VI who gave the order to plant 2,000 plants here. Botanical Garden is not only a way of discovery the plant world, but it’s also a great place for walking because it has an area of 8 hectares. The entry price is 3 euro.
Puerta del Sol is the heart of the historic center of Madrid. The name comes from the east gate of the city which was built in the 15th century. Here you can buy books and souvenirs that will keep the memory of Madrid. Puerta del Sol is the best known and most populous place of Madrid, that’s why locals prefer to give their meetings here.
Of course I can visit a country without tasting their traditional dishes. That’s why I went to Mercado de San Miguel. It’s one of the oldest and largest markets of Madrid where you can buy different types of cheese, meat, sausage, fish, and not least sweets. Many booths make Tapas from their products, to be eaten at the market – yummy
I definitely recommend visiting Madrid and I hope you’ll enjoy your time there as I did
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