With around 11 million tourists and over 4.5 million overnight stays a year, Madrid has established itself as one of the 10 most visited destinations in Europe. This fact is not surprising at all, if we consider that it is one of the cities with more leisure opportunities and social life in the whole world, according to a recent study. In addition, the city offers enormous range of historical and cultural attractions. Therefore, if you still haven't managed to visit Madrid, Iberostar inspires you to do so offering one of its best 4-star hotels at the very heart of the capital: Las Letras Gran Vía.
Get to see historic buildings and visit some of the most prestigious museums in the world, enjoy opera or theatre shows, taste typical foods in Madrid or, should you prefer, enjoy the city’s nightlife. These are just few of many options Villa y Corte makes available for you.
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When it comes to things to see in Madrid the list can be endless. However, some of the city’s tourist attractions visitors simply have no right to skip no matter how short their stay in the capital is. Among these top Madrid points of interest is the iconic Puerta de Alcalá (1769-1778), built by Francisco Sabatini in the times of Charles III. It is one of the five royal gates that was giving access to the city before.
In addition, it is highly recommended to see such landmarks as Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Madrid or Palace of the East, both located in El Madrid de los Austrias. Check out as well Cibeles statue, the emblematic Plaza Mayor, temple of Debod (one of the only four Pharaonic temples outside Egypt) and the Statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree – symbol par excellence of Madrid. The statue stands in the east side of the Puerta del Sol, where a small stone slab is found, making the geographical centre of Spain. The marker sets Zero Kilometre point, the point from which distances are measured in the country. Thousands of citizens meet the New Year here. It is a sort of Spanish Times Square.
Other Madrid attractions are El Retiro Park, one of the largest parks of the city, and Cuesta de Moyano Book Market, a hill studded with kiosks selling books. The market is a must-see place for lovers of literature.
In case you have time for more places to visit in Madrid, without hesitation invest it in its magnificent museums. Among them are such pearls as Queen Sofia Arts Center, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, National Archaeological Museum, hosting Lady of Elche - an Iberian artefact from the 4th century BC -, and of course, Prado Museum, one of the most important art galleries in the world. It exhibits 27,000 works dating back to XVI-XVIII centuries performed by famous European artists such as Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rubens, Velazquez and Goya. All this in one city! Isn’t it impressive?
Besides sightseeing, the capital of Spain offers countless leisure opportunities. To start with, take a walk along La Gran Vía or explore El Rastro, an open-air market opened on Sundays and during festivities in La Latina district. And what about shopping in Madrid? Go for the exclusive district Salamanca, to be precise, Serrano Street and Paseo de Recoletos. These are the best shopping locations. Vibrant Madrid city centre in general helps a traveller to set worries aside and enjoy the urban atmosphere spiced with a lot off history. Here anyone will find something to his taste.
Moreover, exploring Las Letras or Literatos neighbourhood is one of the top things to do in Madrid. This part of the city is also known as Huertas y Las Cortes due to its proximity to the same-name street and the Congress of Deputies. It lays between La Gran Vía, Cibeles square and the so-called Art Triangle, near La Latina and De Lavapiés districts. As a stage for the intense literary activity during the Spanish Golden Century, nowadays it is a home to such attractions as House-Museum of Lope de Vega. In addition, it is one of the most famous tapas places in Madrid.
On the other hand, checking out the things to do in Madrid at night, remember that in this one of the liveliest cities in Europe you can find concerts or plays to your taste performed every day. And, consider Chueca, one of the top fashionable areas of Madrid. Located around Fuencarral Street, being increasingly famous for its clothing stores the area is also one of the famous gay meccas.
However, if you want to go out, relax and have fun central Madrid is a great destination for the purpose. Visit the trendiest bars in Malasaña or any of the bohemian locations in Lavapiés – district that has been undergoing an amazing transformation in recent years.
If you want to make sure your holiday or weekend in Madrid is a success, we invite you to stay at Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía, a 4-star hotel in the centre of Madrid designed to make your visit to the capital of Spain a unique experience. In fact, it is one of Iberostar’s most special hotels.
Located in a historic building, Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía has everything to provide you with comfort. Romantic rooms with views, gourmet restaurants offering to savour local specialities, massage treatments, gym, laundry service, free high-speed wifi are at your disposal. There is even a library hotel offers at your service so you can enjoy reading during your trip without carrying books around. We guarantee your stay at this one of the best 4-star hotels in Madrid will be restful and smooth.
Iberostar Las Letras Gran Vía is as well an excellent choice among all the Madrid hotels in case you are planning to travel to the capital on business. The meeting rooms are equipped with everything needed for presentations, conferences and other events. Contact us, and the staff will take care of everything.
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