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The capital of Spain is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With its intense cultural activities and artistic vitality

The capital of Spain since 1562 is located on the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. A cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration, Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal Family, Madrid also plays a major role in industrial sectors. Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife.
Madrid can match the architecture in Rome, Paris or London. Tourists found in the city ranges from a medieval to a modern style. One can experience the feeling of stepping into interiors with gothic, baroque, or neoclassic styles. The historic old town, also known as "Madrid de las Austrias is a living example of the city's 16th and 17th century with its impressive Plaza Mayor, which was opened in 1620 and remains one of Spain's most popular and typical spots. Near to the Plaza Mayor is the so-called "aristocratic centre" of Madrid, home to the distinguished Royal Palace, that combines Baroque and Classical styles. Next to the palace you can find the Plaza de Oriente, the Opera House and the modern Almudena Cathedral. This ensemble of monuments is completed by the Puerta del Sol, a square flanked by select shops, and the "Paseo del Arte", so called for its unique museums, palaces and gardens, including Bank of Spain building, the Palacio de las Telecomunicaciones and the Cibeles and Neptuno fountains.
Madrid is known for its massive and striking selection of art complexes, museums and historical collections. The exhibitions held in this city of art could be shown either outdoors or inside picturesque buildings. Madrid's Avenue of Art consists of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums. The Prado is one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. The Villanueva building houses Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French, Dutch, German and English artists. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia displays Spanish artists from the late 19th century till nowdays such as Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Antonio Saura and Eduardo Chillida.
Visitors can go for walks, go rowing or feed the squirrels in Madrid's large, impeccable parks and gardens. The Retiro Park, once playground of Spanish Monarchs, the Casa de Campo and the Juan Carlos I Park among others make Madrid one of Europe's greenest capitals.
During July and August the town-hall organizes a series of cultural events for what they call Veranos de la Villa, "Summer in the Village". The festival Verbena de la Paloma, from 6th to 15th of August, shows best the popular traditions of Madrid, with regional costumes and dances, the so-called Chotis.

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