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Madrid is a city with a unique flair. Nowhere else in the world is the past so close to the present. Nuns and Monks still live and worship in convents and monastries that date back for centuries and locals still stop for olives and a small glass of wine in the way that their forebears have done for centuries.
Casa de CampoMadrid is one of Europe's greenest capitals and Case de Campo, 'the lungs of Madrid', stretch away across the north-west. Once a royal hunting estate, it has since become popular as a cool haven in Madrid's hot summers.
Museo CerralboIntermittently splendid, this museum shows you how the nobility of Madrid lived a cenutry ago, particularly the fascinating Marquis de Cerralbo. This is a unique opportunity to see the remnants of an arisocratic home. (not shown).
Nacional Reina Sofia MuseumThis light and airy museum is Madrid's leading modern art museum and the home of Picasso's Guernica. The fine collections on display showcase extraordinary Spanish art of the 20th century. (not shown).
Thyssen-BornemiszaThis is Madrid's internationally renowned art museum where everything is a priority viewing. The sheer variety of the many works on display prove that quirkiness and abstract flair is definitely part of its charm.
Museo del PradoThe city's pride in the magnificent Prado is justified. With its Goyas, El Grecos and other masterpieces, it is undoubtedly one of the great art museums of the world. It is unequalled in the world, with a collection of over 7,000 pieces.
Plaza de la CibelesDespite the constant traffic, this plaza, a sheer mass of stone around a dramatic statue of the fertility goddess, La Cibeles, is Madrid's most overwhelming square. This statue is seated imperiously at one of Madrid's busiest intersections.