- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Travel to Madrid, Spain
Madrid is the capital of Spain and is also the country’s largest city. The city is famous for its cultural history, but at the same time, it is said to possess some of the best nightlife in the world. The heavy influence of religion on the life and architecture of Madrid is palpable. Numerous churches dot the entire city.
Madrid doesn't have the traditional charm of Andalusia or the beauty of Barcelona, instead, it offers exciting atmosphere. The city is constantly buzzing with activity. An abundance of art museums and monuments will keep tourists too busy to take siestas. The world-class Prado Museum displays an endless array of masterpieces created during the Golden Age of Spain, and the 18th-century Royal Palace rivals Versailles.
Tourists tend to stick to the central area between the Palacio Real and the Puerta del Sol, but each of Madrid’s neighbourhoods is distinctive – Lavapiés, Malasaña and Chueca being the oldest. At the northern end of Paseo de la Castellana are the ‘leaning towers’ of the Puerta de Europa, while down from the Plaza Mayor is the up-and-coming district of La Latina, where hip new cafés sit alongside traditional bars.