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Guide To Madrid Vacations!

Published at 07/19/2011 11:09:12

 Madrid a city that can titillate the senses. It is a city rich in culture and history. It's motto is 'Fui sobre agua edificada, mis muros de fuego son. Esta es mi insignia y blasón'. In English, this means ' On water I was built, my walls are made of fire. This is my ensign and escutcheon'. This alone reflects the spirit of this fearless and bold city. Madrid vacations center on cultural immersion. Feel the heart of the city by embracing the wanderer in yourself.

 Schedule a relaxing jaunt through the Jardines del Buen Retiro (Gardens of the Pleasant Retreat ). This originally belonged to the Spanish monarchy. It was built in 1505 making this idyllic place a historical landmark. A romantic spot called the Fountain of the Falling Angel is found in the Rosaleda rose garden. Make time to take pictures of the statues and the adorable Casita Del Pescador. Rent a rowboat and paddle your cares away.

Tantalize your taste buds with the treats Mercado San Miguel has to offer. This is the perfect fusion of a market and restaurant. Sample the delectable tapas and wash it down with succulent wine. This market is the perfect spot to have a bite to eat while you shop for your groceries. This place may be slightly pricey but definitely worth the splurge.

Stroll through the Palacio Real and feel like royalty. The oppulence will overwhelm you. The site used to house a 9th century fortress that was made by order of Muhammad I of Cordoba. This is considered the Royal Family's official residence but is only used for state events and functions.

 Burn off the calories by going on a Bike Spain Tour. Take a pleasant tour around Madrid on a bicycle. Try this new and eco-friendly way to see the city. This may come in handy if you have over-indulged on delectable Spanish cuisine.

Make sure you sample the local dishes. Some tasty finds are callos a la madrileño (tripe with spicy tomato sauce), tortilla de patatas (omelette consisting of eggs, onions and potatoes) and sopa castellana (simple garlic soup). Have a platter of porras (fried batter dipped in decadent hot chocolate) if you're craving for something sweet.

The flamenco is Spain's national dance. It originated from Andalusia in the late 18th century. The Andalusian Gypsies helped evolve it into becoming what it is now. This art form is both loud and vibrant, just like the Spaniards. Some places have free flamenco shows and lessons as well. Take advantage of the offer and dance the night away.

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 This scenic city will steal your heart. After a few days there, you will never want to leave. The vibrant nightlife will impress any night owl. Their monuments will drive history buffs into fits of delight. Their cuisine is capable of tantalizing the taste buds of the most discerning 'foodie'. You will be planning your next visit before you have even left.


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