Madrid

What You Need to Know Before You Go

In Madrid, the stone streets and grand palaces of old Spain meld seamlessly with modern plazas in the glow of the midday sun. Here, large crowds congregate at the historic square of the Plaza de España before shopping or clubbing along the main thoroughfare of Gran Via. Great tapas bars, where enticing plates of chorizo are served with fresh bread, are plentiful.

Madrid also boasts two of the finest museums in the world—the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía—where the immersive textures of paintings like Picasso’s Guernica can be experienced firsthand.

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