Madrid, la Almenuda Cathedral
Madrid, Puerto de Alcala
Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Madrid, S.Lorenzo de El Escorial
Madrid, Alcala de Henares
Madrid, Aranjuez. The Royal Palace
Alcala de Henares, Plaza de Cervantes
Aranjuez, Royal Palace
Aranjuez, Palace gardens
Madrid stands at the very centre of Spain –geographically, culturally and politically. Madrid capital not only offers the culture and good times of a sophisticated, modern city but it also retains the charm and elegance of its early years. The power and glory of Madrid is reflected in its parks, plazas, boulevards and in the pride and panache of today’s Madrilenos. For all its international veneer, however, the city remains thoroughly Spanish, and Old Madrid has been designed on a human scale rather than a monumental scale.
Among the splendid attractions of Madrid are the Prado Museum; home to masterworks of Goya, Velazquez and El Greco: the 19th century Villahermosa Palace now the Thyssen-Bornemizsa Museum; the Reina Sofia Art Centre showcasing more than 300 modern works by Dali, Miro & Picasso among others; the 18th century Royal Palace on the lovely Plaza de Oriente; the bustling Puerta del Sol with its many shops, restaurants and tapas bars; Rastro Market on Sundays one of the oldest outdoor markets in Europe; and Retiro Park for strolling while admiring local artists and buskers.
Madrid is located in the heart of the Iberian peninsula and right in the centre of the Castillian plain 646 meters above sea level. The city has a population over 3 million. The type of climate is the same as in the rest of the Spanish plain: severe winters and very warm summers, reaching temperatures over 30ºC.
The grand metropolis of Madrid can trace its origins to the times of Arab Emir Mohamed I (852-886). It later became the subject of a dispute between the Christians and Arabs. At the end of the 17th century, under the Bourbons, a defensive wall was built for the protection of the new outlying areas. Contemporary Madrid continues to be Spain´s centre, geographically, politically and culturally speaking.
Madrid is a melting pot for cuisine from all over the peninsula. Traditional Madrid dishes include the cocido madrileño (a type of stew). Callos or tripe is another of the typical dishes identified with local cuisine. Also the humble and savory sopa de ajo (garlic soup) and caracoles (snails). Typical desserts are barquillos (rolled wafers) or buñuelos (fritters filled with custard, cream, chocolate, etc.).
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Below please find a selection of the accommodation we offer in this area. Click on the Hotel Code or symbol for photographs and detailed information about each property.
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