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Madrid

Discovering the Spanish capital over a long weekend

Story by Fabien Bazanegue October 24th, 2015

First, let's be honest, Madrid is not the most beautiful city I had the chance to visit.

However it has captured my gaze of photographer by its particular atmosphere.

Madrid is above all an art of living like a Spanish. Streets are still almost empty at 10am, restaurants are still crowded in the middle of the afternoon or very late in the evening. It is also a city where one can find himself out of time by visiting the Royal Palace and its sumptuous decors or by strolling in the park of Retiro, haven of peace in the heart of the Spanish capital.

So here are a few things you need to see/visit/experience during your stay in Madrid.

Let's start the visit!

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Plaza Mayor
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THE ART OF LIVING LIKE A SPANISH

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When you discover Madrid, you will discover the art of living in Spain. Lunch in the middle of the afternoon, dinner at 10 pm, share a caña at the counter with tapas all more original than the others, feasting jamón iberico ... The Spanish capital offers multiple opportunities to blend into the mold to feel like a Madrid inhabitant after only a few days on the spot.

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Spanish cheese
Jamon Iberico (Dried Ham)
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Mercado de San Miguel
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Parque de El retiro

Nothing like a beautiful autumn day to go through the paths of this huge park in the heart of Madrid. With 125 hectares and over 15,000 trees, Retiro Park is a veritable oasis of greenery. It is the favorite park of the Madrilenas who like to come to walk, jog or boating on the lake.

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A journey out time at the PAlacio Real

The Palacio Real de Madrid (literally: Royal Palace of Madrid) is the official residence of the Spanish royal family in Madrid, and is only used for state ceremonies.

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The palace is open all year round to the public, except for ceremonial or official receptions. During the visit we find ourselves a little out of time, in sumptuous settings such as the large staircase or the huge dining room where the table is set up with the line.

The Palacio Real is one of the largest Royal Palaces in Western Europe.

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The dining room
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La Almudena Cathedral

Facing the Palacio Real, the imposing "neo-baroque" Cathedral of La Almudena is surprising in its architecture. Indeed, several styles mix (neoclassical outside, neogothic inside and neo-gothic in the crypt), to finally create a more photogenic set.

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Las Ventas, Plaza de toros

Built in 1929, the Las Ventas Arena is the largest bullring in Spain. They can accommodate up to 24,000 spectators (3rd largest capacity in the World).

The Las Ventas arena was designed and built in neo Mudejar style. An architectural style claimed as a national style in the 19th century because it was based on a traditionally Hispanic design. The Neomudéjar is the most characteristic style of the Bullring in Spain.

Declared Historic Artistic Heritage in 1994, they are the most demanding arenas in the world, where few bullfighters have achieved absolute triumph, the exit by the Puerta Grande of Madrid: less than 100 bullfighters since 1931.

In Madrid, the bullfights begin at the end of March and end in October, and are normally on Sunday.

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El Rastro Market

The Rastro is an outdoor market which takes place on Sundays and public holidays in the historic center of Madrid, in the famous district of La Latina.

It is a market of more than 400 years of history in which one can find objects of everyday life as well as curious gadgets. The atmosphere is very lively.

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in the lair of the "galactics"

Madrid is also the city of Real Madrid, of "The Galactics" and of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The famous soccer team has one of the the most impressive trophy hauls in the world.

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Temple of Debod
Footnote: All photos taken with a Canon 6D
Madrid, Espagne