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Madrid became Spain's capital simply by virtue of its geographical position at the centre of Iberia. Felipe II moved the seat of government here in 1561, to symbolize the unification and centralization of the country. The site itself had few natural advantages – it's 300km from the sea on a high plateau, freezing in winter, boiling in summer – and only the determination of successive rulers to promote a strong central capital ensured Madrid's survival. Today, Madrid is a vast modern city, with a population of four million. While the journey in isn't pretty, the streets at its …
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Museo Nacional del Prado

Considered an important landmark from Madrid's rich art history, the Museo Nacional del Prado exhibits paintings by Goya, Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Ribera ...

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Chocolatería San Gines

Don't be surprised to find this cafe packed with people at 5am, everyone crowded around the marble-topped tables, dipping their fritters into ...