Madrid Travel Guide
Madrid , Spain is one of the oldest and culturally rich cities in all of Europe. This city is one of those rare places that combine art, intricate architecture and colourful history and people with vibrant entertainment and succulent cuisine. The city is located in the province of the same name, and sits on the Manzaneres River.
Establishments and monuments such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the royal monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial, renowned museums such as the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Museo Reina Sofia and the Museo del Prado have made Madrid, Spain’s cultural core. Madrid however is so much more than a cultural destination, it’s an exciting capital with many shops, restaurants, theatres, pubs and discothèques that stay open into the wee hours of the morning. It is not uncommon to be stuck in a traffic jam at 5 am, Spaniards are known for staying up all night after all.
But the distinct sections within Madrid make this city truly unique. Let’s start with Gran Via, this large avenue offers some of Spain’s best shopping and nightlife options as well as limitless choices for accommodations. This section of the city also houses the Red Light district within the branching side streets. One of those streets is ‘Fuencarral’, which links this shopping area to Spain’s best vintage shopping area, the Bohemian street of Malasaña and also to Chueca.
Since the late 80’s the Chueca area has gone through major renovations and has since become quite the cosmopolitan site. With great shops, ideal for avant-garde shopping and trendy restaurants, this is a hot spot for Madrid’s youth. The upgrade came when it was adopted as Madrid’s new gay village area and Chueca has never looked back.
Huertas- Lavapiés has a high concentration of immigrants and has attracted a wide array of artists and writers adding to the bohemian mix. The foreigner factor has made it one of the best areas for dining offering a variety of international options to choose from. Malasaña is a lively neighborhood full of fun bars and clubs overflowing with young people due to the local University being located here. It's the landmark section for partying the night away.
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