Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
We visited Spain in July 2013 and stayed at the Hilton Madrid. We explored the city and visited the Royal Palace of Madrid, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Plaza Mayor, Temple of Debod, El Retire Park and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.