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City in a day

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City in a day MadridFor those short on time and wanting to experience the varied flavors of Madrid in a day, head straight to Prado Museum that provides not only historical highlights of the city but also interesting information about various segments of Madrid. Spend an hour to browse through masterpieces on display.


Just a few minutes away is the Congreso de Diputados, where one may see statues, granite pillars and fountains at the Plaza del Congreso. Close by is Casa Museo de Lope de Vega, the smallest museum in Madrid, a good visiting option for a flavor of the medieval era. It offers a beautiful garden tucked away behind the museum. After all that walking, a coffee break at La Mallorquina Pasterleria's cafe located at the museum is a good idea. There are plenty of pastries to appease every palette.


Puerta del Sol could be the next stop that features an 18th  century clock, a statue of El Oso y el Mdrono (the bear and the strawberry tree). Known as the geographical centre of the country, this place is a must see. Not to be missed at any cost is the Plaza Mayor - Madrid's well known arena for concerts, exhibitions and traditional bull fighting that takes place during summers. Portrait painting, coin and stamp market are few hallmarks of the Plaza Mayor.


Tasting a flavour of Madrid cuisine at Cava Baja's Casa Lucio restaurant is worth the time. Preferred by many celebrities, the oven baked breakfast items are a must try. Next stop could be the Austrias District, where one may find the appealing plazas de la Cebada and de la Paja coupled with the city's oldest -- and smallest -- churches, San Nicolas de las Servitas and San Pedro el Viejo.


Plaza Oriente is suggested as a last stop that offers French-style semicircular plaza with statues adorning it. Termed as one of the most visited and favorite spots, it is the perfect place to end your day's tour.


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