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Puerta del Sol

Sol / Plaza Santa Ana / Calle de las Huertas

Puerta del Sol is the centre of Madrid city and is always bustling with activity .There are lots of shops, bars and discos near Sol. Also close to Sol is Plaza Santa Ana – a nice plaza with a lot of different bars and cafés. Crossing Plaza Santa Ana you will reach La Calle de las Huertas- the core of the barrio of Huertas. La Calle de las Huertas is a good street for evening entertainment or for a relaxing lunch or coffee during the day.

Tip: Try chocolate with “churros” at the cafetería San Gínes, Plaza de San Gínes 5, Metro Sol

Plaza Mayor

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Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is Madrid's main square. It is located right in the centre of the city, just a few minutes walk from the Puerta del Sol. Despite the rather high prices charged by the restaurants and cafés under the arches that skirt the square, it is still a lovely place to sit out, try some good Spanish wine, sample some tasty tapas and watch the passers-by. And since it is located in the historic centre of Madrid, staying in this area is ideal to see the city's sights and monuments.

Palacio Real / Plaza de Oriente / Ópera

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Palacio Real

The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is right next to Plaza de España. It’s the former court of the monarch, which is reflected in its grandness. Beside the Palacio Real you can find the church of Almudena, the patron saint of Madrid. For the best photographs of this impressive church you should go in the evening. There are also gardens around the Palacio Real and the Plaza de Oriente where the theatre is situated. If you head in the direction of Sol you will reach a zone called Ópera. It is a very beautiful quarter which is full of great architecture and charming cafes and bars.

Tip: The gardens just next to the Palacio Real are called Jardines de Sabatini. Take a little rest from sight-seeing between its artistically shaped trees.

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Retiro Park

El Parque del Retiro

Alongside the botanic gardens you will find one of the entrances of Parque del Retiro, Madrid’s biggest park. Whether you decide to take a boat ride on the Estanque (a little lake in the park), watch some of the activities or listen to some street music you will always enjoy your stay there. There are also exhibitions in the glass palace (Palacio de Cristal) within Retiro Park.

Tip: Stroll around Retiro on a Sunday. There are lots of different performers and also the drumplayers around the monument of the “Estanque”.

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is the beginning of Gran Via. It’s a great meeting place with pretty fountains and surroundings.

Gran Via

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Gran Via

The Gran Via is one of the things which makes Madrid one of the most cosmopolitan cities in this world. You can find most things here: theatres, cinemas, restaurants, stores, neon lights and lively nightlife.

El Rastro

On Sunday mornings starting from about 9 o’clock the El Rastro, Madrid’s biggest market, starts opening its stalls. You will find virtually anything there. By 2pm the market will begin to close and visitors will fill the surrounding bars and restaurants for lunch. 

 Tip: Have a coffee at Plaza de La Latina.

Campo del Moro

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      Campo del Moro

Somewhat hidden but definitely beautiful to see is the Campo del Moro at the Palacio Real. The entrance to the gardens is somewhat hidden, in the Paseo Virgen del Puerto (Metro: Príncipe Pío). The very colourful and pretty gardens give home not only to a variety of peacocks which do not show the slightest fear of people, but also several other animals. Stretching out on a bench in the gardens listening to the birds singing might be somewhat of a relaxing break from the hectic city life.

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      Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros

Despite its controversy amongst many young people in Spain today, bullfighting culture still exists today in Madrid. Bullfighting shows still take place in Las Ventas, the impressive bullfighting ring which was built in 1931. The bullfighting season starts on the first Sunday of March and finishes on the last weekend in October.

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