Madrid is located in the center of Spain. This large city is known for its many cultural activities, its tapas bars and its nightlife. During a cheap city break in Madrid visitors will be able to explore the city's museums, parks and restaurants.
Tapas are traditional appetizers that are served with each drink ordered. In most bars tapas are made from local ingredients. Larger versions of tapas are raciones, and these can be shared. Typical tapas include a selection of olives and pickles, huevos rotos con hamón ham served with fried eggs and fries and tortilla de patata, a potato omelet.
There are many tapas bars in the city center and there are several tapas bar chains located around the city. Two of the main tapas chains are the Cien Montaditos, known for its selection of small sandwiches with many fillings, and La Sureña, where visitors will be able to enjoy a caña, a local beer. In the centric Barrio de las Letras visitors will find many bars and clubs, and in the famous Plaza de Santa Ana square there are many terraces where visitors will be able to enjoy a glass of wine. La Latina is a district located south of the city center that is known for its bars, clubs and several ethnic restaurants.
Madrid is a city filled with art and science museums. The three main art museums, the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen Bornemisza, form the Golden Triangle of Museums. These museums are located a short walk away from the main train station of Atocha. Further away, north of the city center visitors will find the Plaza de Colón, a large square with the statue of Columbus. In this area visitors will find the Archaeological Museum and the Wax Musuem. The Naval Museum is located in the city center.
The Santiago Bernabéu stadium is another one of the city's landmarks. The main stadium of the Madrid Football Club has a restaurant with views towards the field. There is a museum where visitors will be able to see many of the clubs trophys. Next to the museum is the football club's official shop.
Enjoy views of the city center
In the center of the city visitors will find the large, white Gothic building of the Communications Palace. The building used to be part of the Post Office and is now part of the city's town hall. There is an observation deck with views towards the city center on one of the building's floors. Visitors will be able to see the Cibeles fountain, where Real Madrid celebrates their matches.
Nearby is the Circulo de Bellas Artes, a cultural center dedicated to the fine arts. There is an observation platform on one of the upper floors and the cafeteria has large windows with views towards the city center.
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