Walking in Madrid

 
Walking in Madrid Province Spain
Walking in Spain Near Madrid
 

In the centre of the peninsula is Madrid, the region and capital city of Spain. It is the home of the Spanish parliament and the Royal Family of Spain. Madrid is a governmental and commercial centre, playing a key role in banking and industrial market sectors as well as the artistic and cultural hub of modern Spain.

It was Philip II which brought his seat of government to Madrid and first established it as Spain's capital. The city of Madrid, since the prehistoric era has been a settlement and in the 9th century the Moors located a fort in this area. The Royal Palace can be visited (as long as there is no official business taking place) and was built on the site of an old Moorish fortress that was destroyed by fire in 1734.

Being in the centre of the Castillian plain gives it a temperate climate. With hot summers where temperatures often range between  30-40°C and the winter frequently dipping below freezing. This is due to the high altitude, this coupled with dry weather of the summer will also see cooler evenings at this time of year. Rainfall occurs during the autumn and spring, but the cooler temperatures make it more comfortable for walking holidays.

 

Airports
The international airport of Madrid has many cheap flights coming into it and is serviced by numerous airlines and is the only airport in this small central region.

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Walking in Madrid City Spain
Church in Madrid Spain
 

Walking Near Madrid
There a numerous sites, monuments, historical and archaeological treasures to see in Madrid. Its many archaeological finds and discoveries can be viewed in the San Isidro Museum. Walking through the rooms of the museum will give you a unique picture of the history of Madrid and the surrounding area. To experience the different cultures that have played a role in the Spain we see today you should visit the archaeological museum El Cason del Buen Retiro.

The city is home to the famous art collection which is kept in the Museo del Prado and ranks very highly in terms of world importance. The collections are extensive and include many classical Roman and Greek sculptures.  You will be able to see works by artists such as da Ribera, Rubens, Goya, Botticelli and Poussin.

Further works of art can be seen ant exhibitions held in the Palaces of Cristal and Velazquez, both of which can be found in the centre of Madrid's famous Parque del Retiro. It is the city's largest park having its own extensive woodland and man-made lake where you can enjoy rowing a boat. The sculptures Kings and Queens of Spain are intriguingly interspersed between groups of trees and bushes. More modern art can be seen at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia,such as Picasso's Guernica and works by Miro, Van Gogh, Matisse and Dali.

 
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