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Paseo del Prado, Madrid

Paseo del Prado, Madrid (must see)

Of all the boulevards in Madrid, the loveliest and most visited is the Paseo del Prado and you will enjoy strolling along it from the Plaza Cibeles to the Plaza de Emperador Carlos V with the Plaza Canovas del Castillo in the middle.

The paseo is very wide with a tree-lined central strip filled with well-tended flower beds and benches where locals sit in the sun and gossip. Along this popular promenade, you will find the Fountains of Neptune and Apollo, with more benches where you can sit for a while and listen to the sound of the fountains. The boulevard is well-kept and all morning city employees pick up litter, trim the hedges and pull out weeds and dead plants.

The boulevard is also called the Art Walk, for here you will find the three museums of the Golden Triangle: the Museo del Prado with its fine collection of 12th to 19th century European art – the most important collection in the world; the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza which houses what was once the largest private art collections in Spain, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia with its important collection of Contemporary Art.

You will also find the Puerto Real – the Royal Gate, one of the entrances to the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Why You Should Visit:
To get a taste of central and upscale Madrid, learn about Spanish culture (there are special events on weekends), shop for souvenirs or just people watch.
The boulevard is bustling with traffic and people; however, it is peaceful at the same time. Fountains, flowers, shrubs, and other plantings make it even more attractive.

Tip:
It is illuminated at night and when the fountains are lit it is even more stunning.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Paseo del Prado
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Madrid, Spain

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Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

Buen Retiro Park Walking Tour

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Hemingway's Madrid Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Gran Via and Sol Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Museums Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles

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