Dance

In Madrid you’re most likely to see authentic flamenco at a tablao (restaurant with a stage) of which there are many. Be prepared to stay after midnight, however, when the star dancers and singers unleash the passion, power and grace.

Living history

Spain's great literary legends from the opulent siglo de oro period (1492 – 1681) once called Madrid home. Gongora, Quevedo, Lope de Vega and Miguel de Cervantes, author of the globally celebrated novel Don Quijote de la Mancha all lived here.

Calle Cervantes Madrid. Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) is the neighbourhood where some of Spain's greatest literati have lived over the years

Barrio de las Letras (Literary Quarter) is the neighbourhood where some of Spain's greatest literati have lived over the years.

Hostal Gonzalo, Central Madrid


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The Culture

Fiery Dances & Death in the Afternoon

The passion of the flamenco and the drama of the Corrida de Toros have been part of Spanish culture for centuries. Las Ventas bullring in Madrid is the centre of the bullfight with a season lasting from May to September.

Plaza las Toros Ventas, Madrid

 

The arts

Museums In addition to the three major art museums Madrid features many others such as the Museo Sorolla. Visit the famous Valencia artist's house in a central residential area a few minutes by Metro from the historic centre. His trademark works are luminous Levante coast beach scenes, with women in white dresses backed by the azure Mediterranean. You can also see his eccentrically furnished studio, complete with a Turkish sofa on which he took his siesta.

Plaza España Madrid

 

 

National icons At the Plaza España Don Quijote leads the way on his epic journey across Spain with Sancho Panza.

 

 

 

 

 

National Library The Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain

National Library The Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) is a major public library, the largest in Spain, and one of the largest in the world. The library was founded by King Philip V in 1712 as the Palace Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Palacio).

Sports The other passion. Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to battle it out in the Spanish
football world and the country has become a leader in international tennis.


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