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Córdoba Private Guided Day Tour from Madrid
"Enjoy this private 8 hour tour with your guide and get to the historical city of Cordoba very comfortably in a fast train service. The tour will start off with a ride from Madrid's ATOCHA train station and then travel comfortably by fast train to your official tour guide will meet you at the train station and your private tour will start. Your tour is completely personalized to fit your own needs. The tour will be organized taking into account what you want. An example of what some of the Jewish quarter and Gothic architecture and roman remains.The tour will finish off at the same meeting point.""""Once you visit Madrid and have a day to spare you cannot miss on a visit to Cordoba. Embark on an amazing full-day excursion. Explore Cordoba’s Moorish monuments with your private tour guide and emerge yourself in the historical streets and admire the great architecture."title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+full-day+tour+to+Cordoba+from+Madrid&2=Ride+the+fast+train+with+a+guide+through+the+scenic+Andalusian+countryside&3=See+highlights+of+the+city%27s+UNESCO-listed+historic+center&4=Step+inside+Cardoba%27s+famous+cathedral+built
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Madrid Full Day by High Speed Train from different points in Spain
"Transfer by your own to the High Speed Railway Station to take the morning High Speed Train to Madrid. Arrival in Madrid. Free time to discover this magnificent city considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. We include an afternoon city tour at 15.00 h (meeting at 14.45 h) in our VPT Terminal at C/ Ferraz 3. The best tour to get acquainted with the city. During approximated 2:30 hours we’ll see the most important buildings avenues and squares to know the monuments and its history from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present modern city: Gran Vía Plaza de España University
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Madrid Full Day Tour by High Speed Train from Valencia
"Transfer by your own to Valencia Railway Station to take the morning High Speed Train to Madrid. In Madrid you will have free time to discover this magnificent city considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is included an afternoon city tour at 15.00 h (meeting at 14.45 h) in the terminal. Enjoy visiting this amazing city during 2.30 hour where you will see the most important buildings avenues and squares to know the monuments and its history from the old Habsburg and Bourbons quarters to the present modern city: Gran Vía Plaza de España University Moncloa
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Monumento a Don Quijote

Don Quijote is one of the most famous characters in Spanish literature, created by Miguel de Cervantes, one of Spain's most important authors. Reading Don Quijote was a must for me (and other Latinamericans I've spoken to) at school so visiting this monument was a given on my Madrid trip :)

Access: nearest metro station: Plaza de España, a few steps from La Gran Vía.

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Sep 24, 2007

Church ruins exposed! :-)

You can see a small section of the excavated church of Nuestra Signora de la Almudena (Our Lady of Almudena) in Calle de la Almudena, off Calle Mayor very near to its junction with Viaducto de Requena.

This church was demolished in 1868. Its apse (circular section) dated from the 12th century (1100s) and that is the part which you can see exposed underneath the protective transparent covering. Changes were made to the building in the 1600s and 1700s, but presumably archaeologists have considered the Medieval apse important enough not only to excavate but to preserve and expose to public view.

Worth having a look as you're passing by. The rather good information post is in Spanish, but is easy enough to work out if you have any French, Italian or Latin..and the model is a useful indicator of what once stood on this spot.

I loved the old chap leaning on the guardrail. What an excellent way of drawing attention to this site! :-)

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Feb 23, 2012

Puerta de Toledo

"Puerta de Toledo" (Gate of Toledo) is an arch of triumph that José Bonaparte thought to homage his brother Napoleón, but it was actually built later, by King Fernando the 7th.

La Puerta de Toledo es un arco de triunfo que José Bonaparte ("Pepe Botella") pensó para homenajear a su hermano Napolón, pero en realidad fue contstruido después por el rey Fernando VII.

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Aug 21, 2003

Panteon de Hombres Ilustres

For me, getting lost while driving in Madrid is something as natural as breathing. However, my unorthodox driving stile sometimes (please, forgive the redundancy) drives me to interesting and unexpected places. That was exactly the case with the Pantheon of Illustrious men, a mausoleum dedicated to the memory of distinguished figures of the Spanish political life of the XIX century. Well, actually the country also honored this people by naming many of the Salamanca district streets with their names: Ríos Rosas, Cánovas, Canalejas, etc. Walking that hall was like reading a city map... something that, by the way, someone suggested me yesterday I should bring with me in my car. :-p

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Apr 04, 2011
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Faro de Moncloa

The Faro de Moncloa is a observation tower of 100 m height. You can enjoy panoramice views of Madrid from the observation deck at 83 m. The tower was designed by architect Salvador Arroyo in 1992. The Admission is 1 EURO (2003).
The Faro de Moncloa is located near Plaza del Arco de la Victoria in the University District.
Metro: Moncloa

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Jun 12, 2003

A memorial

I was very taken by the memorial I spotted in Plaza de Anton Martin, along Calle de Atocha. I thought the sculpture was very moving.

It took some digging to find information, but here's a translation of the memorial plaque:

On January 24, 1977, in a labor law firm that was located at number 55 on Atocha street, four lawyers and a trade unionist were killed and four more lawyers were injured. All were members of the PCE and CCOO. This monument reproduces the sculpture of John Genoves known as 'El Abrazo,' a symbol of the restoration of freedom. It was opened by the City Council of Madrid on June 10, 2003 as a tribute to those who died in that office work. It is a tribute to those who died for freedom in Spain. On January 24, 2007, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of this tragic event, this plaque is installed for the information of the people of Madrid and those who visit us.

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Feb 26, 2012

Palace hotel

Palace hotel is maybe not the most obvious attraction off the beaten path but it has a really good history which makes it woorth mentioning here.

In the hotel the spy Mata Hara met all her contacts when she was active. So if yu wanna feel like Bond, James bond, why not check this hotel out

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Dec 04, 2006

The Bear and the Strawberry Tree

The Bear and the Strawberry Tree symbolises the emblem of Madrid. You find the statue at the northern end of the Puerta del Sol just in front of the pedestrianised shopping zone.
Metro: Puerta del Sol

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Jun 14, 2003
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"¡Bienvenido a Madrid!/Welcome to Madrid!"
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"Madrid is where I live"
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"Madrid: My home for 3 fantastic weeks!"
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"Home is where you're always from"
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San Francisco El Grande

One of the most beautiful churchs of madrid due to iits architecture and also its history. it was the old panteon for the spanish kings and queens before all the bodies where sent to the monastery of El escorial. it is situated at the end of the Bailen street, between Puerta de Toledo and the Royal Palace. It is a very pleasent area to wolk and loose your self.

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Jan 17, 2005

When you go from Plaza de...

When you go from Plaza de Oriente to Palacio Real, turn left before the Palace. Then, just after passing the cathedral (de la Almudena), turn right. There's a small church - it's like a separate part of cathedral - but very different! Usually nobody is there. Small light allowed us to see everything different - with its old walls - you feel like you were travelling in time back to Middle Ages...

(the picture: it's always good to listen to real spanish music!)

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Sep 12, 2002

The city "bear" as a pavement

On the pavement on Calle Mayor, just by the Plaza de la Villa, you can see this city weapon. A fantastic little pavementdrawing. Splendid in it's simplicity and if you don't know about it it is a big risk you just step over it.

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Aug 23, 2015

Many visitors to Madrid (as...

Many visitors to Madrid (as well as people who live here) totally pass over the experience of visiting the 'Faro de Madrid' which is located near Moncloa and is also known as the Madrid Space Needle to the foreign community here. The cost of the visit is nill, only 200 pesetas (less than $1.50 USA) and the feeling of being on top of Madrid is unique. To get to the 'Faro', get on the #3 Metro line (can pick it up at 'La Puerta del Sol' and head in the direction of 'Moncloa', take the line to the end and get off at 'Moncloa', when you come out of the Metro onto the street, you will see the 'Faro' off in the distance. Be sure you are on the correct side of the street and head in that direction, there is a semi dirt path that takes you over a bridge and directly to it. It is hard to miss and the views are breathtaking. Last I checked it was open from 10am till 2pm and from 5pm till 7:30pm Monday to Friday, not sure of the weekend hours but any Madrid tourist office will know the complete schedule. Check it out. I have included one of my cool pictures at left taken with my camera flush against the tower and if you want to see loads of photos of the 'Faro' as well as videos, just go to and enjoy, Jer...

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Aug 25, 2002

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Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid

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La Casa Encendida

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El Parque del Buen Retiro

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Retiro Park

Retiro Park is one of the top places I visited when in Madrid. With around 125 hectares of grounds to explore and numerous routes and walkways around the park, you will not get bored here. Many of the...
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Palacio Cristal

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