Madrid represents the true essence of Spain: it is welcoming, warm, suitable for families and young people, and with many attractions for everyone. Beautiful city, inexpensive, suggestive, dynamic, cheerful, very well served in transport, culturally rich in history, art and with a green lung to enjoy nature in the center.

It is for sure a liveable city as well one of the best European capitals. Here are some of the main things to visit and see in Madrid.

Starting from the center of Madrid, you can take a beautiful panoramic city tour revealing the Arab, medieval and Habsburg legacies to the city of Madrid. Learn more about Madrid's Moorish origins in the ancient buildings of the Barrio de la Moreria, the old Moorish quarter.

Continue your tour of the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of the Habsburg era on Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa and photograph the Baroque fountains.

Among the museums not to be missed il Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia Museum, il Museo del Ferrocarril, il Museo Nacional de AntropologĂ­a, il National Museum of Natural Sciences, the National Museum of Science and Technology and the Royal Tapestry Factory.

Passate per il Monument of the Incarnation, Opera Gate, Puerta del Sol and other well-known places and squares, and learn that it was during the reign of Charles III in the 18th century that Madrid became an important cultural and scientific center, attracting artists and intellectuals of the time.

Admire the majestic facade of the Royal Palace, see the attractions of graceful boulevards such as contemporary Gran VĂ­a of Madrid and the Paseo de la Castellana. The pretty squares such as Plazas de Espana, Puerta del Sol and Puerta de Alcala, and pass between the beauties of the parks of Casa de Campo and the Retiro. The tour will also take you to Madrid's university and bullring.

To make your football dreams come true, complete your Madrid tour with a visit to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Real Madrid's playground. Do not miss the opportunity of Tour del Bernabeu Stadium, with special access to areas normally closed to the public. Follow the tunnel to the changing rooms and see where the players sit on the bench. Continue the tour of the pitch, press room and presidential box, then complete your visit to the stadium museum, filled with trophies and memorabilia celebrating Real Madrid's most successful team in the world.

Do not miss the numerous amusement parks, zoos and aquariums of the city of Madrid: Faunia, the Zoo, the Aquarium, the Parque Warner and the Parque de Atracciones.

The Gran Via, the main street of Madrid -

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