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||Madrid is the capital of Spain. The Real Palace of Madrid is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Spain, that is used in the ceremonies of State, although does not live there.
For a city of its size, Madrid boasts an exceptional
number of world - class museums and galleries. Heading the list is the Prado,
the worlds largest collection of Spanish art, the Thyssen – Bornemisza,
which traces the development western art from the 14th century, and Reina
its outstanding display of modern art. But there are many smaller more intimate
museums, too. Some such as the Museo Lazaro Galdiano, are gems both for the
mansions housings the collections and for the untold collections within.
||Spain's capital is an exclusive member of European football's elite.
Its status is guaranteed as it is the home of Real Madrid CF, winners of
the European Champion Clubs' Cup on many occasions, who play at the five-star
Santiago Bernabeu stadium, host of many international finals. There are a number of hotels near Santiago Bernabeu stadium,
Madrid is a lively city with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs
open late into the night.
As for when to visit, spring and autumn are best in terms of the weather.
Madrid is dry most of the year with very little rainfall and can be fiercely
hot in the summer and decidedly cold in the winter. There's a mass exodus in
August when the factories shut down and the people head for the Costas.
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