Madrid is a tremendously historic and monumental city.
Its monuments and sights include the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Almudena Cathedral, Puerta del Sol, the magnificent Plaza de Oriente and the city's many historic buildings and squares which make this one of Europe's most attractive cities for sight-seeing.
It has several emblematic landmarks such as the Palacio Real, which is the largest Royal Palace in Western Europe, the Plaza Mayor, a spectacular Castilian square which dates back to the 16th century, the Puerta del Sol, Madrid and Spain's spiritual heart, since from this square all points on Spain's 6 major national roads are measured, and the Gran Vía, one of Madrid's mainshopping streets connecting the spacious Plaza de España square with the magnificent old city gate of Puerta de Alcalá.
Avenue of Art
Madrid's Avenue of Art consists of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums, and since 2007 also the CaixaForum.
- The Prado collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and other art objects. The Villanueva building houses Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French Dutch, German and English artists.
- The Thyssen collection comprises over 800 paintings. Here we can find exhibits from the 13th century to the present day, and thus follow the most important trends and movements in art over the last few hundred years.
- The Santa Sofia houses Spanish artists from the late 19th century to the Second World War such as Pablo Picasso (including his famous Guernica painting), Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, etc. The second half of the collection shows artistic trends from from the 40's to the early 80's with works by artists such as Antonio Saura and Eduardo Chillida.
Madrid has so much to offer locals and tourist alike.
see Real Madrid in their famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium, or experience some live flamenco.
Not only that, you can enjoy the classic bullfight in Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas... and this is only the beginning.
The city of Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, is located on a rocky headland, bordered by the river Tajo in the very heart of Spain, just 70 kilometers from the capital, Madrid.
Considered by many to be a "Second Rome", Toledo is still very much a unique city. Unique in its details, history, culture and charm. Three cultures from three single-faith religions - Muslim, Hebrew and Christian - left their imprints on this sad rock and cradle of civilizations - as Cervantes wrote - embracing the Tajo, witness to the mark of all the peoples of the Iberian Peninsular.
For centuries, the capital of Castile-La Mancha has been able to preserve an unrivaled, thousand-year-old urban, architectural, and artistic heritage. Churches, synagogues, mosques, convents, city walls, bridges, towers and an endless amount of cultural and artistic possibilities held in their buildings make Toledo a museum waiting to be discovered.