Spain's capital is full of landmarks, unique attractions, and museumsEl Prado being the most notablebut many tourists find that their favorite way to pass the time is by strolling the city streets, eating in little no-name restaurants, and chatting with locals. This is because Madrid
, in spite of being a big, busy city, is also a very beautiful one with extremely charming citizens. And, of course, the nightlife is outstanding.
Plaza Mayor is the main city square, and Puerta del Sol Square is generally agreed to be the center point of the city. The two squares are within walking distance of each other and smack-dab in the middle of everything. Nearby landmarks include the Royal Palace, Gran Via, and the Reina Sofia. For a bird's-eye view of the city, ride the Teleferico (the cable car that picks up near the Arguelles Metro station and goes above several parks and landmarks before winding up at Casa de Campo Park).
Photo Credit: Street cafe near Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain (Peter Adams/Digital Vision/Getty)