Madrid is a European and cosmopolitan spirited city that stands out for the variety of its cultural and touristic offer. The Spanish capital is cutting edge and its cultural program proves so, programming theatre, concerts and shows for all sorts and ages. With more than 3.1 million inhabitants, Madrid today is many cities in one, standing out for having neighborhoods both multicultural and unique. From the Austria’s area to Chueca, Madrid is a synonym for culture, history and leisure.

The Prado museum, Gran Vias’s theatres, Rastro’s flea market, Serrano’s boutiques, concerts at WiZink Center and other indie venues, the Retiro Park and the guided tours for Las Ventas Bull ring, make of Madrid one of Europe’s reference cities. New Year’s Eve reunion at Puerta del Sol to have the twelve grapes, or the Pride Parade, are only two examples of big events that put Madrid on the international leisure map. Its touristic options and attractions, makes Madrid one the most visited towns of the old continent, receiving in the last year almost 9 million visitors.

Theatre in Madrid

One of Madrid’s best appeals is without a doubt the wide selections of its theatres. The city counts with more than 90 theaters, having hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, reaching 4 million in 2015. The most important plays of the country are played in Madrid’s theatres: from musicals such as The Lion King as well as Opera, to drama or the stand-up comedy of El Club de la Comedia.

But Madrid has theaters for all sorts and genres. Theaters such as Teatro La Latina, Teatro Reina Victoria, Teatro Real, Lope de Vega, Bellas Artes, Teatro Español and dozens of alternative theatre venues make some of Madrid’s main stages.

Music in Madrid

Live music in Madrid has been its hallmark for decades. From the memorable Mecano concerts, or the times of the “Movida Madrileña”, to Bruce Springsteen concert with a full stadium. Musical options in Madrid are infinite. Some of the most important venues are Joy Eslava, sala Caracol, El Sol, Ochoymedio, the huge WiZink Center or Palacio Vistalegre.

Besides the venues, Madrid is bed for many large-scale music festivals, having a hundred events every year where live music reigns. Some of the capital’s big festivals are DCODE Festival, Mad Cool Festival, Noches del Botánico or Sound Isidro.

Museums in Madrid

Thanks to the never-ending list of museums in Madrid, not enjoying art in the capital is almost impossible. From Museo del Prado to Sorolla’s Museum, Madrid offers a wide range of exhibitions and halls for all sorts, going over every style, period and discipline.

To visit the three most important museums of the city, the best thing to do is approach the Art Walk. You can visit Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza, Museo Reina Sofía, as well as other nearby buildings of cultural significance, all in an area spanning slightly over a kilometer.

Cuisine of Madrid

One of the other highlights when visiting Madrid is its cuisine. The culinary charms of the city will delight even the most select but also the most traditional. Ranging from the famous bocata de calamares, to the cocido madrileño, including a well poured caña or some porras with hot cocoa, the variety of Madrid’s cuisine is so wide that it can be enjoyed in any corner of the city. You’ll find bars with character as well as Michelin star awarded restaurants, and charming sites such as San Miguel’s market.

Walking and visiting Madrid

Madrid is a city full of visual attractive and charming corners. Ideal for open spaces lovers but also for city lovers searching to capture architecture with their cameras: parks, historical buildings, squares and markets fill Madrid for their visitors delight. Walking around Plaza Mayor or Parque del Retiro is a unique experience, as well visiting Fuente de Cibeles or Puerta del Sol and Puerta de Alcalá. To finish your visit to Madrid don’t forget El Rastro flea market!

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