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If you were to define Madrid in just three words, these would be: Art, Culture and Leisure.

Three of the most important art museums in the world are just a 10-minute walk away from each other. The Museo del Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum form the magical triangle of museums which is known as the Paseo del Arte, which should be visited by all who come to Madrid.

In order to get to know Madrid properly it is essential to visit the Madrid de los Austrias, which is the name given to the Madrid of the period in which the Habsburg family reigned over Spain. This reign started with Charles I, who enriched the city with palaces and monuments. Subsequently, when Phillip II turned the city into Spain's capital, it underwent significant growth. The tour of the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of the era is probably one of the most picturesque and typical visits of Madrid.

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  • For completing the cultural route, it is important to continue with the Borbon dynasty, especially during the reign of Carlos III, known as the "Rey Alcalde" (Mayor King), completing the urban and monument planning for Madrid. Along this route we will view the most relevant monuments and buildings: Puerta del Sol, Palacio de Buenavista y Linares, Paseo del Prado, Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Oratorio del Caballero de Gracia,... It just so happens that one of the things which is most astonishing for visitors is the monumentality of its squares, buildings and palaces. Maybe those who live in the city are used to it, but those visiting the city for the first time tend to be surprised.

    The Biblioteca Nacional with its impressive façade, and the neighbouring Plaza de Colón, with its Jardines del Descubrimiento at the east, are two good examples. Covering the entire Paseo de la Castellana on foot may be quite tiring, but given that it is the city's main artery, this walk will be well worth it. To our left and right, we will pass the ministries, embassies and the head offices of the most important banks. This is the active and corporate Madrid of the new icons (the Torre Picasso and the Torre Europa within the AZCA business complex, among others) which hides many surprises.  One of which is the Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre (under the Enrique de la Mata Gorostizaga bridge). Here, one can contemplate sculptures by Botero, Chillida and other modern artists.

    However, for those who don't want a "monumental overdose", we have a plan B: Going shopping to the "Milla de Oro" (Golden Mile) of Madrid. A series of streets which house the most luxurious shops in the city.  During our walk along the Castellana, we will reach the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. This is where we can turn to go on to streets such as Serrano, Ortega y Gasset, Príncipe de Vergara, Velázquez, Jorge Juan... With each step we will come across yet another temptation, never-ending national and international brands. A delight for our senses, but a serious challenge for our purse.

    Gastronomy is one of the most attractive tourist resources which the capital has to offer. We have a varied gastronomic offer which ranges from traditional cooking to the most avant-garde culinary creations. One can enjoy rich stews and roasts, vegetables and fruits and even miniature cuisine, all created by some of the country's best chefs.