The world has so many incredible sights to see, from vast rolling plains to arid deserts, and spectacular oceans dotted with idyllic sun kissed islands, but some of the best times you can possibly have are to be found in the world's great cities. They allow you to experience life in the fast line, while still seeing a culture and way of living that's different to the one you're used to, and if you're looking for a vibrant, beautiful and historical city that's perfect for a short or extended stay, Madrid could be an ideal choice. Here are three reasons why a vacation in Spain's capital can be rewarding on every level.
An Art Lovers Paradise
Madrid has been the capital of Spain since the sixteenth century, and its population of around six and a half million live in a city of contrasts, where ultra-modern architecture is just a short walk from historic and stunningly beautiful white washed buildings that are so evocative of the Spain of old. The city of Madrid itself, then, is a work of art that demands to be seen, but it's also host to a large number of exciting art galleries. Foremost among them is the Prado Museum, and it houses a collection of art that is the envy of the whole world from the likes of Goya, Velazquez, El Greco and Peter Paul Rubens. You're also sure to see works by some of Spain's more modern masters of art, including Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
The Sporting Capital of Europe
Football is increasingly popular in America, but it's a way of life in Spain. It can proudly boast of having two of the greatest football clubs in the world, Lionel Messi's Barcelona and the mighty Real Madrid with a roster of legendary players including Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale. Real Madrid are arguably the largest and most successful football team in the history of the game, and after defeating Liverpool in the 2018 final, they have now won the Champion's League (and its forerunner the European Cup) a staggering thirteen times, which is unlucky for their competitors. You can see sports of all kinds in Madrid, but you really should visit the Bernabeu Stadium, and there are regular tours available.
Youth and Vibrancy
Madrid is a city with a rich past, but it also has a bright future, and when you walk its streets and avenues you can't fail to notice how youthful and vibrant it is. That's because Madrid attracts students from across the world, brought there by its world class universities, excellent transport infrastructure, and affordable student accommodation in Madrid and its suburbs. The students living in Madrid have lots of gigs, theatre and artistic events to choose from too, which is also great news for locals and for tourists to the city.
The vibrant, exciting atmosphere of Madrid, its sporting, historical and artistic legacies and its beautiful architecture and landscapes are just some of the reasons that you everyone should visit it at least once in their lifetime. It also has a large number of exceptional restaurants, superb shopping opportunities and a great climate all year round, so there's never been a better time to say 'Hola' to a vacation in Spain's capital city.