Located at an axis between Africa and Europe, Madrid, the capital of Spain, boasts the best of both continents.  The fusion of old and new, the cultural and the historical, makes Madrid one of the most popular and mesmerizing travel destinations in Europe. 


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The ideal day spent visiting Madrid’s sites starts with a visit to the Prado.  The building, itself a masterpiece, holds the work of some of the most famous artists of all time, including Goya, Rembrandt and Rubens. 


Just behind the Prado is the exquisite El Parque de Retiro.  Go boating on the lake, take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, or simply stroll the beautiful sidewalks and boulevards. 


Next stop is the world’s oldest restaurant, Botin.  Opened in 1725, Botin is a legendary bistro that has served Mediterranean cuisine to the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Spanish royalty. 


The Rastro is another charming place to visit.  An open air market hocking fares from furniture to clothing, the Rastro is the perfect location to people watch and shop for interesting and authentic souvenirs. 


To get a feel for the ancient, Middle Eastern influences prevalent in Madrid, visit the Temple of Debod in El Parque de Rosales.  Donated to Madrid from Egypt, this ancient monument is a glorious site not to be missed.


Land-Based Casinos

To earn some extra spending money for tapas and wine, visit the Casino Gran Madrid.  It offers three gaming rooms, a restaurant and a bar, making it the perfect way to spend a sultry Spanish night.

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Upcoming Events Across Europe

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    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

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    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.