Thursday, April 2, 2015

Travel Report

                          MADRID, SPAIN

If you could go to any country in the world where would you go? Would you go to a country with beaches, big cities, mountains, or ancient buildings? What if I told you that Spain has all of this and more, would you choose to go to Spain? Well I certainly would, but I want to talk to you about Spain’s Capital, Madrid. Madrid is located in the center of Spain. Let’s say you decided to go to Madrid, Spain, you would see a huge city with many palaces, plazas, parks, museums and many things to do. I think Madrid is a beautiful city with many sites that would interest you!

Madrid is the biggest of two urban cities the other city is Barcelona (which I would also recommend you to visit). The population of Madrid is 3 to 6 million people. The city has dry climate with hot summers and cool winters. There are few houses in Madrid, so most of the Madrileños(person from Madrid) live in apartments. The capital is a popular tourist destination, it has many fun and exciting places to go and activities to do. Madrid has many well known museums like Prado and Reina Sofia Art Center. In 1992 the city was honored by the European Union as the cultural capital of Europe.

    There are so many places in Madrid to see, but there is one street you will want to see and that you will use to get to some of the many attractions in Madrid, that street is Gran Via Avenue. It is one of the most important streets in the city and a big tourist section where lots of amazing buildings stand and where lots of shopping can be done. Madrid is flooded with amazing and fascinating plazas and parks.Three plazas you might be interested in visiting are Plaza Mayor, Plaza España, and Plaza de la Independencia. In the center of Plaza Mayor is a bronze statue of King Philip III, also in the plaza celebrations are held like San Isidro. Plaza España is located in central Madrid and is bordered by two of the tallest skyscrapers Madrid Tower (Torre de Madrid) and España Building. Many places around the plaza are worth visiting like Debod Temple. The Alcalà Gate or Puerta de Alcalà is located in the Plaza de la Independencia and is one of Madrid’s symbols. The statues on top of the Alcalà Gate represent Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude.These plazas are popular tourist destinations. Madrid still has some of its historical and beautiful palaces and buildings. One palace is the Royal Palace or the Palacio Real(in Spanish). This palace is amazing it has many gardens, courtyards, and plazas like the Plaza de Armas which looks out to the Almudena Cathedral. The enchanting palace also contains a Royal Armoury that contains many important pieces and it also holds many statues and monuments. The Royal Palace is considered by many to be one of the finest palaces in Europe. Retiro Park is a park to relax after a long day of visiting the attractive city. You can enjoy a picnic and a boat ride in the park. This is a beautiful city with beautiful places.

   If you think theres lots of places to see, there is surely many things to do in Madrid. Have you ever heard “I am going to run with the bulls” well this refers to the bullfights and runs in Spain. In Madrid, you can go see bullfights in Plaza de Toros or Las Ventas which is the same place. As you may know that soccer or football ( in European countries) is a popular sport. You can go to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which is home of the soccer team Real Madrid and is also the largest of three stadiums in the city. Fountain of Cibeles was adopted by the Football Club Real Madrid and their fans use the area for celebrations. You can have an unforgettable look around the stadium with no limits, how cool is that! Don’t forget about Madrid’s many museums like Prado which is one of the world’s most outstanding art museums. If you want to take a little break from all the tourist attractions you might want to stop at one of the many sidewalk cafés in the city.

Now that you’ve had a chance to read a little about the city of Madrid and it’s incredible scenery, would you choose to go to Spain? Madrid includes many ancient churches and lovely public squares. Many activities to keep you occupied and satisfied. Madrid is home to many beautiful plazas, parks, museums,and palaces. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Spain make sure to go to the capital, Barcelona and other cities that hold many reminders of old Spain. If your interested the country of Spain has several mountains that you can visit. Spain is full of friendly people with awesome accents, I thought you should know that Spanish people have amazing accents. The country has many examples of how life was back then, which makes it stand out. Spain is a lovely and attractive country with many astonishing buildings and places. Spain is certainly one of the best countries in Europe! 

       World Book Student: “Madrid” by Jesus Cruz publication date 2015

Book:  Spain…in Pictures prepared by the Geography Department 

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