Destination Spain welcomes you to Madrid, capital city of Spain, lively and very active city, with very large art collections and the magnificence of history reflected in its palaces and large avenues. We think the best way to get acquainted with Madrid is a walking tour through the Old District, also called the Austrias and Borbons (the dynasties who built it).
Prado Museum is, together with Louvre (Paris), Vatican (Rome), Uffizi (Florence), British Museum (London) and Hermitage (St. Petersburg) the “must see” museums in Europe. The origins of this museum is the collectionist interest of the ruling dinasties along the centuries. It reflects the personal taste of the Spanish Kings in a collection that is specially rich in European masterpieces from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Its main attraction is the wide presence of Velázquez, Goya, Tiziano and Rubens, with the best collections that exist world-wide.
During the tour, the most important buildings will be seen, as well as avenues and squares with an expert official guide who will explain the significance of the monuments and the history of each one. It is interesting to note that during the different historical periods, the city has grown from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present city. Then you will see the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, University, Moncloa, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, the bull ring, and Columbus Square. Then other sites such as Paseo de la Castellana and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabéu, as well as Plaza Castilla and the fountain of Cibeles.