Madrid fascinates and excites with a big number of city attractions, places of sightseeing and things to do. Every its visitor stays more than satisfied after attending city performances, or after going on excursions round the city, or after exploring collections of local museums. In very deed Madrid can offer a wide range of tourist exquisites and that is likely the biggest reason not to omit this city while travelling around Europe. In addition, some other issues might be distinguished on this account.
No straight plays allowed! Fans of theatrical performances should visit Zarzuela, one of the most magnificent and spectacular theatres in Europe. It dates back to the 17th century and since this time it combines dances, singing and dialogues. It is appropriate to note that its first playwrights were Lope de Vega and Pedro Calderón de la Barca, pillars of Spanish drama literature. A history of theatre’s name is associated with hunting pavilion, used by Spanish royalty near Madrid, where singing and dancing plays took place in the 17th century. In 1850 Royal Theatre was opened in Madrid; it is located in front of Royal Palace till nowadays. Besides staging of well-known ballets and operas, this Madrid Theater is famous in the world for its acoustics.
Shop Till You Drop
Madrid is a major shopping destination. However, Salamanca and other fashionable districts are not the only stops of shop addicts. While visiting Madrid it is unlikely to skip El Rastro – the most popular jumble market in the country. It is usually opened on Ambassadors’ District (Barrio de Embajadores), in the central part of Madrid, on Sundays and public holidays. Here one can find big variety of goods and staff, both new and used. In addition, on public holidays lots of antiquaries open their doors nearby.
Start a Gourmet Tour
Madrid is likely to be the most vivid point in Spain concerning counterpoint of cuisines. Especially, it is associated with tapas-bars and regional gastronomy, as in Spain cooking traditions vary in different regions. And all of them might be tasted in Madrid cafes. Top Madrid restaurants can boast of rich menu, comprised of regional, national and international delicacies. In addition, vine collections cannot but provide a wide choice. Spanish capital runs 7,5 thousand hectares of vineyards on its suburbs. Additionally, each year professional jury selects the best of red, white and rose sorts of Vinos de Madrid.
Explore Incas Treasury
Madrid preserves the biggest collections of items of Pre-Columbian culture. Specifically, Incas gold, artifacts and relics might be observed in Museo de América, opened since 1941. The entire abundance of antique staff is divided into five departments: an awareness of America, religion, society, communication, the reality of America. Approximately 25 thousand exhibits tell the history of New World since Pre-Columbian Era till modern times.
From Concrete Jungles Into Real Ones
Tourists have a chance to escape stone and dense architecture of Spanish capital, if they go to Safari de Madrid. It is a nice Zoo park, where one can be fascinated with a number of animal species. A key thing about this reserve is an absence of cages and constrains. Animals are free to walk round the park, while visitors stay in closed jeeps and pneumatic trains.