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Madrid, Spain's capital since 1561, is home to many attractions; some of the most famous include the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace, the largest palace in Europe. The city also boasts some beautiful plazas such as the large Plaza Mayor and the popular Plaza de España.
Architectural highlights include the Gran Via with its many beautiful early 20th century buildings. More recent architecture can be found in Azca, Madrid's modern business district.
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The Mercado de San Miguel is a historic covered market, built in 1916 near the Plaza Mayor. After years of languishing the market reopened in 2009 with modern eateries and food stalls.
This excellent museum has a collection of paintings covering over 800 years of western art. Many of the world's most famous masters such as Rubens, Picasso and Titian are represented here.
Gran Vía, a showcase of early 20th century architecture, is a large street created between 1904 and 1929. The most famous landmark along the street in the 1911 Metropolis building.
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