- By Kevin
- On Oct 30, 2017
- Travel Tips
Madrid’s most popular destinations are centrally located.The heart of the city is Puerta del Sol,a large plaza serving as the scene of festivals,important gatherings and street performers as well as a hub for the public transportation network.Attractions in Madrid,Spain as below:
Refined Relaxation at Buen Retiro Park
The Buen Retiro Park(Parque del Retiro)is an oasis of peace in the heart of Madrid.Just beyond the busy streets,this lush 120-hectare park offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.Created for the Count-Duke of Olivares in the 17th century,the historic park has an elegant ambience with its lovely landscaping and tree-lined paths.From the main entrance at the Plaza de Independencia,visitors arrive at the pool in the center of the park.From here,paths lead to the enchanting Rosaleda(Rose Garden)and the formal French Jardín de Don Cecilio.The Palacio de Cristal(Crystal Palace)is a splendid site with its graceful fountain.Visitors will find other interesting fountains including Los Galápagos(The Turtles),ElÁngel Caído(The Fallen Angel),and La Alcachofa(The Artichoke).
A pleasant pastime among locals is sitting at one of the park's open-air cafés,while basking in the sun or relaxing in the shade according to the season.For stargazers,the park has an observatory that was built in 1790.Near Retiro Park,at 54 Calle de Alcala,is Madrid's fanciest patisserie shop Pastelería Vait,which offers exquisite cakes,cookies,pastries,chocolate candies,and hot chocolate.
The National Archeological Museum is Madrid's most important museum after the Museo del Prado.The museum was founded by Queen Isabella II in 1867 and has a rich collection of artifacts from prehistoric times to the 19th century.Exhibits feature archaeological finds,ethnography,decorative arts from antiquity,and ancient coins.The permanent collection includes pieces from various time periods and locations,such as Egyptian mummies,Hispano-Roman objects of art,Islamic archaeology,and Mudéjar ceramics.One of the most prized possessions of the collection is the bust of the Lady of Elche.The museum's library features publications on art,history,and archaeology.