The river Manzanares adds a charm to Madrid, the capital city of Spain. From the days of Empire to the present, Madrid has been a popular tourist resort, replete with history and contemporary charms. The breath-taking old monuments are a standing testimony to the regal splendour of the city. At the same time name any modern need like group tours, business conferences and tours, night life, food and wine – you have Madrid catering to all tastes in great refinement. It has a pride of place as a synthesis of the legacy of the past and dreams of the present.
The temple of Debod, consecrated for Ammon and Isis, ancient Egyptian divinities, is an Egyptian monument, nearly two thousand years in antiquity, was dismantled and reconstructed here under UNESCO’s scheme of saving human heritage. This is a rare spectacle indeed, though an imported monument! However Madrid’s own precious past palaces and present buildings are awe-inspiring and astounding. The dignity and the magnificence of the Royal Palace must be seen to be believed. There is from façade to grand internal structures a rhyme and rhythm of elegance. The Change of Guards on Wednesdays is a spectacle worth watching. One of the fascinating places of interest is Royal Armoury where weapons from the 13th century onwards are exhibited.
The great monuments from 14th century to the 21st century construction of River Project the sense of history and contemporary awareness of the Spanish Culture. The Chapel of Santa Maria de la Antigua of the 14th century is considered a rare piece of architecture. Similarly Casa delos Lujanes, Monastery of the Descalzas Reales, Plaza Mayor, Prado Museum , Bank of Spain, Cybel Palace etc. represent the monuments of succeeding centuries.
Apart from Prodo Museum, there are Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Museum and others to whet your appetite for cultural moorings of Spain and the rest of Europe. They enrich and elevate us to a different level. The Spanish National Library consists of rare manuscripts and printed material from the early printing stages fulfilling the quest of reading public.
Shopping is included in modern itinerary and you would love to wend you way through some of the great shopping centres like Madrid Tourism Centre. You would love to shop in Triball, an area specialising in everything from traditional to avant garde in your requirements.
The night life in Madrid has few rivals. A speciality in the city night life is the presence of terraces which spring to life and gaiety when the sun sets down and very few people leave them before breakfast of the following morning! Delectable and diverse food, almost heavenly drinks are there to please your senses!
Apart from the above you have generous parks and recreation outfits totally designed to relax you. Your only regret would be not having enough time to loiter on.
Lovers of football are assured top class games almost round the year. Real Madrid is of course a world-famous team but there are Atlectico de Madrid and others to satisfy your longing for fine action in this game.
There are top-class five star hotels like Hotel Ritz, Hotel Villa Magna, Hotel Miquel Angel, Hotel Wellingdon, Hotel Orfila and others where luxury and culture is the way of life. You would be surprised at the facilities that can be had in Municipal Youth Hostel, Urban hotels with outdoor pool and very competitive rates. Online bookings are available, of course, at all hotels to assure you a comfortable stay.
Madrid is a vibrant city much suited to reinvigorate you after a year of hard work. All the best!