Madrid, capital of Spain and provincial capital, is located in the centre of the Iberian Peninsula, on the banks of the Manzanares River. It is known for the rich history contained in every place you can visit: walking around Madrid means coming across emblematic places such as the Royal Palace, residence of the current King of Spain, the Plaza Mayor with more than 400 years of history or its popular Puerta del Sol.

- ROYAL PALACE: It is the largest palace in Western Europe and one of the largest in the world. Its construction dates back to 1738 and in 1764 King Carlos III made it his habitual residence. Here you can visit official rooms where ceremonies are held as well as the armoury and the royal pharmacy.

- PUERTA DEL SOL: one of the city's nerve centres, it was formerly one of the access points of the wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century. Here you will find the Post Office building, built between 1766 and 1768 by the French architect Maquet and currently the headquarters of the Presidency of the Community of Madrid. And where, nowadays, the popular New Year's Eve Grapes are celebrated.

- PLAZA MAYOR: this is one of the symbols of Madrid that you cannot miss. This large esplanade began to be built in the 17th century, by order of Felipe III, whose bronze statue adorns the place. In the past, various activities related to the city were held here, such as: bullfights, processions, festivals, theatre performances, Inquisition trials and even capital executions.

- EL RETIRO: built in the middle of the 16th century, it is today one of the lungs of the capital. Although it was partially destroyed in the War of Independence, it later recovered its beauty and became a park for the people and royalty. Inside, the Crystal Palace stands out, along with its artificial lake and pond, which you can take a boat trip around on spring and summer days.

- TEMPLE OF DEBOD: Of Egyptian origin and 2,200 years old, the Temple of Debod has become one of the most special places in Madrid. It was a gift from Egypt to Spain for its collaboration in saving the temples of Nubia. Inside you can find information about Egyptian mythology and society. In addition, its location is ideal for enjoying Madrid's spectacular sunsets.

- ATOCHA STATION: In ancient times Atocha was the exclusive use of the Royal Family. It was the first railway line in Spain to be built in 1852 linking Madrid with Aranjuez. Its exterior structure is that of a parabolic steel arch that later became iron, referring to the style of architecture it is built in, iron architecture, a style that came about during the industrial revolution.

- GRAN VÍA: Gran Vía is one of the most emblematic places in the city of Madrid, beginning its construction in the 20th century to communicate Alcalá and Plaza de España. After being the avenue of cinemas and theatres, it is now one of the city's main thoroughfares and one of the busiest shopping areas.

Cultural tourism