Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. This famous city is home to two world-famous football clubs, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

The Spanish capital comes alive at night. Locals normally go to restaurants after 10 pm. And then at this time, they all suddenly become packed. In Plaza Mayor look out for the old bakery with the design of the white cats. These white cats represent the people of the city, nocturnal creatures to say the least.

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Check out El Rastro. This is the Sunday flea market. You can buy almost anything here. This is in La Latina quarter. Can also enjoy great tapas in this area.

If you love art, then you will not be disappointed. There are art museums such as El Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Sorolla Museum who exhibit famous painters such as Velasquez, Goya, Picasso and Sorolla.

For shopping try the district of Serrano. Calle Serrano is full of luxury brand names. The ABC Shopping Centre is not to be missed. And you will find various brances of the EL Corte Ingles department stores to tempt you all over the place.

There are 4 different transportation options from Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) to Madrid city centre, bus, taxi, Metro and train. The most convenient option is taking a Madrid airport taxi at a cost of 30€. A cheaper option is to take the train. Tickets for the train cost 2.6€ one way, and the journey is approximately 27 minutes. Another reasonable priced option is the metro. Tickets are 3€ one way, and the journey only takes 22 minutes. The final transportation option is the bus. This takes a little longer than the other options, but is only 5€ per ticket.

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