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Museums, Galleries, Music and More

Travelers discover a world of wonder when they embrace a destination's arts and culture. Whether you examine the Mona Lisa's mysterious smile in Paris, walk in soldiers' footsteps on Civil War battlefields or shimmy to live music in Nashville, cultural attractions can be the highlight of any vacation.

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Casa de la Panaderia

Casa de la Panaderia

The Casa de la Panaderia, a local government building, is located on the north side of the Plaza Mayor in central Madrid. 960 1280

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Plaza de la Villa

Plaza de la Villa

The quaint square of Plaza de la Villa features some of the oldest buildings in Madrid, dating all the way back to the 15th century. 960 1280

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Puerta de Europa

Puerta de Europa

The Puerta de Europa, 2 twin office buildings in Madrid, was constructed by famous American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. 960 1280

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Café Gijon

Café Gijon

After the Spanish Civil War, Café Gijon was a famous hot spot for Spanish intellectuals. Now, you can stop by this legendary restaurant for a delectable breakfast, lunch, dinner or espresso. 960 1280

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Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal

Constructed of glass and metal, the Palacio de Cristal is the centerpiece of a gorgeous and lush escape within the busy city of Madrid. 960 1280

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Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo

Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo

The world-famous bakery Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo is a necessary stop to make in Madrid. Try the yemas, a sweet treat made of egg yolk, lemon, cinnamon, sugar and syrup. 960 1280

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the Spanish royal family’s official residence, but it is now used only for state ceremonies and receptions. Take a tour of the gorgeous palace to gawk at its breathtaking opulence.  960 1280

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Parque Warner Madrid

Parque Warner Madrid

This exciting Warner Bros. theme park is a great place to take the kids on a family vacation to Madrid.  960 1280

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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor is the central square in Madrid. There’s no better place in the city to eat tapas, sip sangria and people-watch. 960 1280

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Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park

This public park is one of the largest green spaces that Madrid has to offer. Some of its highlights include the Retiro Pond, the Rosaleda (“rose garden”) and the Palacio de Cristal. 960 1280

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Gran Via

Gran Via

The stylish street of Gran Via is home to the best upscale shopping in all of Madrid. By night, the street transforms into the hottest place to experience the city’s wild nightlife.  960 1280

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Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

Originally located in southern Egypt, the Temple of Debod was dismantled and reassembled in Madrid. In 1972, the glorious archaeological site opened to the public in Madrid’s Parque del Oeste. 960 1280

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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Real Madrid, the city’s famous soccer team, plays on this iconic field. All sports lovers can appreciate the dedication of the fans in this huge stadium. 960 1280

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Market of San Miguel

Market of San Miguel

The Market of San Miguel is a major food destination in Madrid. Visitors can sample a wide array of Spain’s most delicious bites and sips. 960 1280

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The Madrid Zoo Aquarium

The Madrid Zoo Aquarium

The Madrid Zoo Aquarium, one of the biggest in all of Spain, is a family-friendly destination that everyone will love. 960 1280

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Art lovers will appreciate the expansive Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. This museum, named after Queen Sofia, features brilliant works of art from the 20th century. 960 1280

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Museo Nacional del Prado

Museo Nacional del Prado

The Museo Nacional del Prado contains some of Europe’s most beautiful works of art, from the 12th century onward. Visit the museum for free every evening from 6 to 8 p.m. 960 1280

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