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As the economic and geographic center of Spain, Madrid offers visitors a unique experience: the ability to sample nearly every facet of Spanish culture, all within the boundaries of this amazing city. Though often overlooked by travelers who flock to its sister to the east, the Spanish capital holds a profusion of art, architecture, history, and culture of its own. And since the city sits at the geographic heart of Spain, most travel plans that involves rail transportation will include a stopover in Madrid, so it’s easy to take a couple days to discover the city’s incredible cultural offerings. Unparalleled art museums like the Prado or The Reina Sofia Museum, which houses Picasso's famous Guernica painting, tremendous tapas bars, and expansive parks prove to be quite convincing to travelers who take the plunge.
Culturally, Madrid is an amalgamation of parts from every corner of Spain. Andalusian Flamenco thrills entertainment-seekers, Catalonian paintings grace just about every museum, and tapas are served at hole-in-the-wall bars and high-end restaurants alike. The city’s grand pedestrian boulevards and stellar metro system make this all remarkably accessible, and recent civic improvements—like well-developed parks, squares, and a scenic riverfront walkway—are a boon to travelers. It's not hard to see why Madrid fits the bill for just about every sort of traveler, from those seeking round-the-clock nightlife to those whose first priority is a grassy siesta.