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City Hopper: Madrid, Spain

April 1, 2012

Campo del Moro, the gardens next to the Royal Palace, Madrid

Welcome to my new City Hopper feature where I give you a little summary of a few different cities I’ve been visiting in lately. Today we start with Madrid, Spain!

Where in the world is Madrid?

Madrid is the capital  and the largest city of Spain. It is also the third largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin and it has a population of around 3 million people.

The Flag of Spain

Some things to see in Madrid are the Royal Palace of Madrid, Teatro Real (Royal Theatre), Bueno Retiro Park, as well as the 19th-Century National Library.

The Royal Palace

Here’s an interesting fact about this beautiful European city. Madrid is the European city with the highest number of trees and green surface per inhabitant (16m2 of green area per inhabitant which far exceeds the recommendation of 10m2 by the World Health Organization). Parque del Retiro is the most popular and the largest park in Central Madrid.

The Parque del Retiro

Madrid is also known for it’s very lively and active nightlife and if you’re looking for some good stuff to eat be sure to try one of the many tapas bars around the city where they serve small plates with samplings of all the great food of Spain.

The Famous Tapas of Spain

If you’re looking to get a flavor of some popular musicians who are from Madrid well you’ve probably been hearing them for years. The famous Julio and his son Enrique Iglesias are both from Madrid and had worldwide success. Check out this video for a taste.

Come back next week and check out where I am going next…London, England! See you then!


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