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Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is the largest city on the Mansanares River in the country with over 3 million people population. Madrid was founded by the Moors in the 9th century, building a fortress by the river. The fortress was inhabited and formed a city that grew, expanded and became the capital of Spain in the 16th century.
Madrid is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. It has an abundance of luxurious palaces (Royal Palace – Palacio Real), churches (Almudena Cathedral – Catedral de la Almudena), monasteries, parks and squares. In addition, Madrid’s museums have a wealth of works by world-renowned artists. The main museums are the Museo del Prado, the National Museum of Reina Sofia, the Caixa Forum (Museum of Contemporary Art), the Maritime Museum of Madrid and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art. The Thyssen-Bornemisza galleries exhibit masterpieces of famous artists painters such as Claude Moone, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Dega, Pablo Picasso and others. Furthermore, in the city you can have a great time just strolling around the squares (Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Cibeles) or parks (Retiro Park). For a break you can sit down and relax in bars, cafes or restaurants (Sobrino de Botin – the world’s oldest restaurant), tasting their traditional food and drinks. By the way, Madrid has never ending nightlife suitable for ages and tastes. Madrid is a wonderful city and a can be good choice either for the weekend getaway or week trip.
Best time to visit
Weather in Madrid is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, therefore summers are hot and winters are mild. Average temperature vary from 3° C in winter up to 32° C in summer. The best time to visit Madrid is from April to October.
When choosing travel dates to visit Madrid you should take into account tourist peak season which is between June and August, therefore, you could save money and avoid crowds in the shoulder months of March to May or September to November.
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