Madrid – The Sleepless City

Madrid The capital of Spain and the country’s largest political, economic, and cultural center, the capital of the province of Madrid and of the historical region of New Castile. Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest cities, a city that never sleeps (the Spanish would say it has “mucha marcha”), and here we list some of the places to go and things to do to enjoy “la noche”.Madrid’s nightlife has something for everybody, whatever your preferences, age or nationality. And don’t worry if you’re with kids. Children are freely admitted in all types of bars, cafeterias and restaurants and even some pubs, although this last idea is perhaps not to be recommended … at the very least the owner or bar staff should be consulted first.

Madrid Nightlife
Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest cities, a city that never sleeps (the Spanish would say it has “mucha marcha”), and here we list some of the places to go and things to do to enjoy “la noche”.During weekends or before public holidays, and also on the days running up to Christmas, it is not unusual to see more people out and about at 4, 5 or 6am in the morning than in many other cities during the day! Coincidence or not, it can hardly come as a surprise to learn that Madrileños are known locally as “gatos” (cats).

Madrid’s Urban Beach
Madrid is located approximately 350 kilometres (around 220 miles, around a 4-hour drive) from the nearest beach in the region of Valencia, but by the year 2010, the Madrid beach will be a reality!
Due to the move underground of a large section of Madrid’s inner ring-road, the M-30, 820 hectares along the Manzanares River will be converted into a long park, and including an urban beach, rowing lanes on the river, walks, bicycle paths, kiosks, cafés and restaurants, terraces, cultural and sports facilities, areas for pensioners and children’s play areas. All this just 1.5 kilometres from the Puerta del Sol in the centre of Madrid.

Madrid Museums & Art Museums

Paseo del Arte
Madrid’s Avenue of Art consists of the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen museums, and since 2007 also the CaixaForum. For 14.40 euros you can buy an “Abono Paseo del Arte”, a special voucher allowing you to visit all of the first 3 of these top class art museums once at any time during the year.

Museo del Prado
The Prado is one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and other art objects. The Villanueva building houses Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French Dutch, German and English artists.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS)
Spanish artists from the late 19th century to the Second World War such as Pablo Picasso (including his famous Guernica painting), Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, etc. The second half of the collection shows artistic trends from from the 40’s to the early 80’s with works by artists such as Antonio Saura and Eduardo Chillida.

Shopping in Madrid
This shopping complex is found within the representative building of Estación del Norte (Railway Station).
Arturo Soria Plaza
Good shops, activities, exhibitions and fashion shows. There are also restaurants with a varied gastronomic offer and an area where the little ones can play and enjoy themselves.

ABC Serrano
Possibly one of the most posh in town,in one of the most elegant districts, offers those visiting it a relaxed atmosphere and a fascinating shopping environment. The building, impressive because of its architectural beauty, used to be the site of the old premises for ABC newspaper, hence the name of the Shopping Mall today. You can enter into the mall from Serrano street or from Paseo de la Castellana.
Moda shopping
Moda Shopping, where you will find over 90 stores and complementary services. Pleasant and peaceful atmosphere where you will find top name brands.
La Vaguada
La Vaguada M2, the biggest one, where around 350 shops in a large area are located along with all the complementary services. Plus, there is a level dedicated exclusively to leisure: cinema, bowling, discotheques, mini amusement park, and bars and cafes suitable to anyone’s liking.

Oni is an articles writer whose major area of focus is travel where she shares lots of travel information. In this article she is now sharing her experience about Madrid the famous destination for break. If you want to book Luxury Hotels in Madrid
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