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The Plaza Mayor (main square)
In general...

Madrid is the city where I live, but I was born in the very south of Spain. What I like most about living in Madrid is that it is a big city and a village at the same time. You can feel you are at the centre of everything and half an hour later loose yourself in a quiet narrow street. Almost nobody in Madrid feels "absolutely madridian", everyone comes from somewhere else, Madrid is in that sense an "open city". Come and enjoy it!!

The city center

In spite of being the capital of Spain, the "touristic" Madrid is a rather small area.
In fact, you can go walking to see the main highlights and, unless you want to do something special, you won't have to use public transport.
Main streets of this "city centre":
- Puerta del Sol square
- Gran Via avenue
- Plaza Mayor square
- Carrera de San Jeronimo
- Plaza de Oriente
- Calle Arenal

  • Last visit to Madrid: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated Feb 15, 2005
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  • jacquisuiza's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    Hola Joaquin, are the apartementos En busca del tiempo still recomendable? What about the street? Can not find calle Barcelona but should be the same street

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    I do love a good railway station! Just as a comment - a lot of your tips don't work because you haven't got the VTML correct and so they are just messy. Madrid is definitely on my "Must Visit" list but maybe not for a couple of years :-(

  • Nov 2, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Juegos | Juegos Gratis | Juegos Online | Juegos.com thanks

  • TooTallFinn24's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Sir Rich- Planning a trip to Madrid and Spain in April and with reviewing just a few tips your pages are extremely helpful!

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    Very very helpful page. As someone who loves to get artound by public transport, I was impressed by the fact you had 17 public transport tips. Keep up the good work. Irene

  • debinflorida's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Hello, we have one night in Madrid before getting on the train to Granada for a week. We would like to stay near the train (Atocha)- any suggestions? and what to do on a Sunday afternoon in Madrid? thanks much!

  • Varuka's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Very interesting presentation of Madrid. I'll be in Madrid at 18 April. Can you give some information about transport and Vision bus. Thanks. Barbara

  • CalogeroMira's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Plaza Mayor es muy :-).

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    What a wonderful presentation you difto show the sites and streets of this city. Very well done

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Soy muy feliz!! I finally found tapas place I loved so much in Madrid last summer... on your page Joaquin! It's Bocaito... my friend living in Madrid couldn't remember! imagine! A big hello to you!

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