Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest municipality in both the
Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole. It is the most visited city in
the country. This Spanish metropolis is a mirror image of the country’s
centuries old regal system and its consequent art, architecture, grandeur,
and performing arts. A good way to jumpstart your day in Madrid is to visit
the Prado Museum for its classic artworks created during the Golden Age of
Spain. This can be followed by trips to the Buen Retiro Park, the Crystal
Palace and Royal Palace and Gardens.
Things to do in Madrid
The Prado Museum is home to more than 5000 paintings dating back from the
12th to the early 19th century. This collection mostly has Spanish
paintings and is seconded by Italian, Flemish, French, British, and German
paintings too. It is best to go through this museum by asking for a paid
audio guide for 50 masterpieces or 250 artworks, depending on the cost.
Parque del Retiro (or Buen Retiro Park)
The Buen Retiro Park is a centrally-located 120-hectare park located in
Madrid. It was created in the 17th century and is known for its elegant
ambience, lovely landscapes and tree-lined paths. Visitors can enter this
park from the nearby Plaza de Independencia and then go to its attractions
like the Rose Garden and the French Garden of Don Cecilio and many
Royal Palace and Gardens
Commissioned by King Philip V in the 18th century, the Royal Palace and
Gardens run a close second to the French Versailles in terms of
exquisiteness sand grandeur. This neoclassical superstructure is built over
a raised ground and stands as a colossal work of granite and white Colmenar
stone. You should visit its insides to go to its Royal Armory that contains
3000 exhibits dating back to the 16th century.
Best Time to Visit Madrid
Spring season (the months from March to May) are the best to book your
flights from San Juan to Madrid. Book your flights from SJU to MAD during
summers to enjoy famous cultural events like Fiesta de San Isidro and Feria
del Libro. It is advised to book Madrid flights in advance to avoid paying
more during peak season.