Located in the central plateau in Spain, Madrid is a city filled and rich with culture. Visitors will be able to walk around the historic city center and visit the city's museums before enjoying some tapas.
The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum are the city's three main art museums. These three museums form the Golden Triangle of Museums, located near one of the city's main train station, Atocha.
A short walk away from these three museums, visitors will find the Retiro Park. This large centric park is used to be a set of royal gardens where visitors will be able to row boats in the pond. There are many terraces with views towards the park's many carved fountains. There are paths and picnic areas.
The Casa de Campo used to be a hunting estate to the west of the city. Now it is a large park with several picnic grounds, a lake, bikes and walking paths are also available. Another attraction in this park is the city's main theme park, the Parque de Atracciones, which has many roller coasters. Next to the theme park, visitors will also find an aquarium and the city zoo. The park connects to the city via several buses, the subway, a main road and a cable car that offers views of the western part of the city.
Nightlife and tapas.
Madrid is a destination for foodies. The city has many restaurants specializing in traditional and international food. There are ethnic restaurants like the Lavapiés area, which is a short walk from the city center.
In the La Latina district, near the city center, there are several streets filled with tapas bars. Tapas are served in most of the city's bars, espoused with a drink. A typical tapas crawl involves visiting one bar, grabbing a beer, enjoying the complimentary appetizer and then hopping on to the next bar. Typical tapas are bread with cheese, slivers of cured ham and olives with pickles. Larger portions of tapas are raciones, which are usually shared dishes. Raciones include huevos rotos eggs served with ham and fries and tortilla de patatas, a very traditional potato omelet.
Tapas and raciones are among the options for those who want to explore the city's typical dishes and for those on a budget. Cheap tapas and beer can be found in one of the city's Cien Montaditos and La Sureña bars, and several of those are located near the Plaza de Sol area, the historic city center.
After a typical dinner, visitors can party until dawn. Near the historic city center is the Barrio de las Letras, the ancient quarter where artists used to live, which has now been transformed into an area filled with karaoke bars and clubs. In the nearby Santa Ana square, visitors will be able to join locals at one of the square's terraces. A more trendy area is Malasaña, located near the Gran Vía main shopping street. There are several discos near Plaza de España, a large square which is a popular meeting point. This square has a large fountain of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza and a small park.