A bus tour is a nice way to visit the surroundings of Madrid. Indeed, you will discover beautiful landscapes in the mountains as well as some typical villages and cities whose two of the most visited are Aranjuez and Toledo.

The city of Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, is located on a rocky headland, bordered by the river Tajo, just 70 kilometres from the capital. You will certainly enjoy its beautiful historic center that has been through three cultures from three religions – Muslim, Hebrew and Christian. Full of heritage and monuments, it also counts a marvelous gothic cathedral of the 15th century.

At 48km from Toledo, you will find Aranjuez, another municipality lying in the south of Madrid. Located at the confluence of the Tagus and Jarama rivers, its cultural heritage is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will enjoy passing by the Royal Palace, impressive gardens and its remarkable well-preserved arena.

The Puerta del Sol is the centre of Madrid and is the point from which all Spain’s radial highways begin: the ‘kilometre 0′ of the country. In the central area of the Puerta del Sol you will find a statue based on Madrid’s coat of arms. It shows a bear standing against a tree. You will find this symbol all over Madrid.

The Palacio Real, or Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish royal family but actually used for state ceremonies. It is probably one of the most important places in Madrid and it is open to the public, except when official business is taking place. It is set in formal gardens on the site of a Moorish fortress that burned down in 1734.

The third most important place in Madrid is the Plaza Mayor, a huge square constructed in 1617. It has been pedestrianised and can be entered by any one of nine arches. From time to time, events such as concerts and fiestas are staged here. The square contains 136 houses with 437 balconies from which people used to watch the events held here!

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As well as being national leader concerning the organization of trade shows and exhibitions, Madrid is one of the main trade shows cities in Europe counting international, national and regional manifestations. The city also hosts the first Spanish institution of trade show planning, IFEMA that organizes great events such as FITUR, Madrid Fusión, ARCO, SIMO TCI, the Salón del Automóvil and the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week.

As the biggest business center of Spain, Madrid disposes of all the facilities counting many convention centers whose Congresos Príncipe Felipe that can welcome until 2.200 persons, and IFEMA-Feria de Madrid located at 3 minutes from the airport with a capacity of 1.100 persons.

Madrid is one of the best places to discover Spanish culture. Indeed, a lot of places offer you to enjoy the Spanish tradition through quality performances. Here are some ideas of what to do during your next stay in the capital.

The city hosts establishments considered as the greatest Tablaos Flamenco in Spain whose one has even been selected by the Michelin Guide! They are an original way to spend the evening enjoying a good diner and admiring the show of some of the finest professionals of this discipline.

In Madrid you can have the opportunity to book you entrances to see a Corrida in the Arena of Las Ventas. Inaugurated in 1931, it welcomed the world greatest Toreros and is regarded as the home of bullfighting in Spain.

If you want to discover Spanish typical gastronomy, you must know that Madrid offers a wide range of traditional restaurants whose one is even recognized by Guinness Book of Records as one of the oldest restaurants in World. It has been founded in 1725 and is still hold by the same family!

What is the art triangle?

Por el 3 August, 2012

The Art Triangle is an area of Madrid where we can find the most notable museums, the ideal situation for a group wishing to discover Madrid and all its treasures! The three main museums you can find are the Prado museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Galleries which will bring you through the art history of Spain from the 12th century to the most contemporary styles.

The Prado Museum hosts an impressive selection of masterpieces which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Not far from there, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum welcoms the visitors through its impressive historical collection that counts more than 1600 pieces. To finish with a moderner style, the Reina Sofia Galleries offers you to admire contemporary Impressionist, Expressionist European and American paintings.

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